Omaha Reflection

© Ken Smith

Omaha Reflection

Ken Smith level-classic 1/7/2006 7:20:29 AM

Here's the actual image, if you can't stand on your head. :-) #370679

Laura N 1/7/2006 7:27:55 AM

wow! Thats a neat picture..! Fun to see both pictures and see how you did it :) #2261805

Gail Vitikacs level-classic 1/7/2006 7:38:25 AM

DEFINITELY creative, and of my favorites in your gallery Ken!!!! #2261855

Kaye Burazin 1/7/2006 7:46:07 AM

Simply but ingenious Ken, thanks for explaining that with a picture. Fantastic reflections and when turned upside down, a space odyssey adventure of your very own. Very well composed. #2261878

Jenny Bosmans 1/7/2006 8:24:40 AM

WOW!! This is fantastic, Ken!! I just love it!! What a terrific reflection image!! Super!! #2261969

Nina Shields level-classic 1/7/2006 10:02:25 AM

Absolutely brilliant; when I first looked at it I was trying to determine why the lettering on the building looked as it did, confirming that it was the reflected part of the image; fantastic execution of a very creative concept; you hit a homerun on this one; great work! #2262192

Christopher Budny level-classic 1/7/2006 10:25:45 AM

I remember seeing your "after" shot, a few months ago---it is much easier to "see how," since you've uploaded the original, despite a simple 180 flip! A fantastic composition and creative twist! #2262280

Colette M. Metcalf level-classic 1/7/2006 11:33:27 AM

FANTASTIC, Ken!!! #2262423

Pat Gamwell level-classic 1/7/2006 12:09:09 PM

Absolutely BRILLIANT creativity, my friend! Without the original pic, it would have been too confusing for my simple mind! SUPERBLY presented! #2262506

Kristi A. Howson level-classic 1/7/2006 12:48:34 PM

Very creative, well thought out and implemented Ken...I would have thought this was a filter if I had not read your caption...awesome! #2262605

Corinne M. Thompson level-classic 1/7/2006 1:46:20 PM

Ken this is fantastic...perfect for the monthly theme. Wonderful image and reflection! And thanks, for showing the original....been along time since I stood on my head! :) #2262740

Mary L. Graham level-classic 1/7/2006 1:55:40 PM

Wow Ken this is Beautiful! love it! But I can't wait to see your sp! =) #2262756

Kay E. Mahoney level-classic 1/7/2006 1:59:14 PM

Fantastic capture Ken. Beautiful colors. Good job redoing it. #2262766

Claudia Kuhn level-classic 1/7/2006 2:09:42 PM

Very cool and awesome Ken!!! Wonderful reflection! #2262781

Janet L. Skinner 1/7/2006 3:49:12 PM

Excellent, Ken!!! Packed with creativity! #2262941

Life Expressions 1/7/2006 4:23:52 PM

I've seen this before haven't I? It's still as excellent the second time Very creative and just totally awesome in every aspect. #2263023

Kerby Pfrangle level-classic 1/7/2006 5:18:30 PM


Creative and artist. Very nice reflections and like it turned upside down.

Sometimes things are not always as they seem.

Kerby #2263105

Ken Smith level-classic 1/7/2006 5:58:57 PM

Thanks everyone for the comments. It was fun image to do. #2263212

Bridgette B 1/8/2006 5:23:10 AM

Wow!! Excellent work on this image, Ken! #2264385

Candice C. Calhoun level-classic 1/8/2006 6:31:17 AM

Great concept, extremely well done! Beautiful work, Ken!

ccc #2264618

Linda D. Lester level-classic 1/8/2006 7:19:59 AM

I like it better upside down! this is one of my favorite shots! Awesome !work #2264789

Richard P. Lussier level-classic 1/8/2006 7:57:34 AM

Great work on this, Ken! A true refleciton of your excellent creativity.
Well done! #2264866

Deborah Sandidge 1/8/2006 10:58:08 AM

Lovely image and reflection, Ken, perfect with the ripples! #2265343

LEN WILSON 1/8/2006 11:13:28 AM

I like it just as it was submitted. It generates just enough curiousity to give it a closer look, and then realize the creativity that went into it.

Well done.

Cathy Barrows 1/8/2006 1:58:27 PM

i think you did an excellent job with this one...just love it #2265798

Darryl Wilkinson 1/8/2006 2:08:31 PM

I have my fingers crossed for you, Ken! Excellent transformation!!! #2265837

Shelly A. Van Camp level-classic 1/8/2006 4:49:33 PM

Beautiful work and colors! #2266281

Ken Smith level-classic 1/9/2006 2:48:34 PM

Bridgette, Candice, Linda, Richard, Deborah, Len, Cathy, Darryl, and Shelly....thanks for commenting. Sorry for not thanking you earlier. #2269951

Tammy Scott 1/9/2006 5:24:11 PM

Very nice reflection and great effect. I have been to Omaha once but it was just on a Temporary Duty Assignment with the Air Force about 4 years ago. #2270505

Susan T. Evans 1/11/2006 7:06:44 PM

Awesome reflection Ken!!! love the color and ripples. #2278621

Ken Smith level-classic 1/11/2006 7:34:45 PM

Tammy and Susan, thanks for the comments. #2278678

Alana Ibe 1/17/2006 9:02:38 AM

Ken, I love this! What a creative eye you have for composition. Beautiful picture! #2298347

Ian Cheung 1/18/2006 9:01:38 AM

Wow. The image reflected off the water is really sharp. I like the ripple effect. Beautifully composed. I have a shot in my gallery call "stairway in heaven" that is done by flipping the photo 180 degrees too.
Do come and take a look and leave your comments. Cheers. ian #2302410

Ken Smith level-classic 1/18/2006 7:15:49 PM

Alana and Ian, thanks so much for your comments. #2304355

Amber McCants 2/2/2006 12:43:13 PM

Thank you so much for explaining that and then showing the original. That is amazing how real a reflection can look. Did you take a picture before dropping the rock? No one would believe you that it was a reflection if you hadn't dropped the rock in there. :) great shot. #2369244

Nan Fischer 2/4/2006 7:03:48 AM

brilliant! very surreal. #2376447

Ken Smith level-classic 2/4/2006 6:57:05 PM

Amber and Nan,thanks so much for your comments. #2378728

Linda D. Lester level-classic 2/16/2006 8:21:05 PM

This one! #2428419

Renee Doyle level-classic 2/21/2006 2:22:49 AM

Many congratulations on another great image and finalist Ken!!!!!!!

Gail Vitikacs level-classic 2/21/2006 3:24:07 AM

Well deserved Ken....this is wonderful!!! CONGRATULATIONS! #2444182

Darryl Wilkinson 2/21/2006 3:28:32 AM

Ah yes, I remember it well! Congratulations once again, Ken! Bravo!!! #2444196

Kaye Burazin 2/21/2006 3:54:29 AM

Congrats on this futuristic image Ken, your future looks very bright! #2444237

Linda D. Lester level-classic 2/21/2006 4:36:20 AM

Nailed it! Congratultions! #2444483

Life Expressions level-classic 2/21/2006 5:42:56 AM

I had a feeling this one would be a winner. Congratulations on your awesome finalist, Ken!! #2445029

Donna W. Neal level-classic 2/21/2006 5:50:11 AM

Congratulations on another well deserved finalist. Omaha isn't that where the lottery was just won? #2445112

Alana Ibe level-classic 2/21/2006 6:32:09 AM

Wonderful! A HUGE congrats!!!!! #2445526

Susan Jane Allen level-classic 2/21/2006 6:47:38 AM

Was sure this one would get recognized! Congrats! #2445646

Kate Jackson level-classic 2/21/2006 6:53:11 AM

Congratulations on this unique finalist Ken! #2445707

Cathy Barrows 2/21/2006 8:51:27 AM

Congrats on your finalists...i love this one #2446454

Carla Metzler 2/21/2006 8:57:11 AM

Congratulations, Ken!! :) #2446503

Kristi A. Howson 2/21/2006 9:19:34 AM

Wonderful framing on the reflection. Very beautiful! Congratulations on your finalist and best of luck in the next round! #2446730

Claudia Kuhn level-classic 2/21/2006 9:54:02 AM

Glad to see this here in the finalists, good luck in the next round Ken! #2446955

Christopher Budny level-classic 2/21/2006 9:59:57 AM

Congratulations, Ken, on making Finalist with this really cool image! Good luck! #2447002

Kay E. Mahoney level-classic 2/21/2006 1:57:14 PM

Congratulations on this fantastic finalist Ken. good luck in the next round. #2448154

Emile Abbott level-classic 2/21/2006 2:13:53 PM

congatulation on a fantastic capture and finalist, Ken. #2448210

Corinne M. Thompson level-classic 2/21/2006 5:05:46 PM

Another well deserved Finalist! :) #2449285

Terry L. Ellis level-classic 2/21/2006 6:08:18 PM

Fabulous finalist, Ken! Congratulations. I could have sworn I commented on this one before! It's wonderful! #2449655

Barbara Helgason 2/21/2006 6:29:07 PM

Congratulations again Ken! #2449822

The Judges at 2/22/2006 3:48:06 AM

Wonderful reflection with excellent light and color. #2451778

Ken Smith level-classic 2/22/2006 4:49:01 AM

Thanks everyone for all the great comments. I had fun with this picture. #2452052

Rakesh Syal level-classic 2/22/2006 5:39:27 AM

OUTSTANDING work here, Ken!!! I can see the winner, Ken!!! #2452222

Piotr M. Organa 2/23/2006 5:55:33 AM

It looks as something strange happens in the sky. You just have to stand on your head to see it! :) :) #2456681

Monika Sapek level-classic 2/23/2006 12:49:25 PM

I really like the splashy “cloud” in edition to this colorful reflection. Really well seen and captured scene. Many congratulations on your finalist and good luck in the next round, Ken!

Sharon Day level-classic 2/23/2006 2:36:42 PM

One of my favorite shots of yours, Ken!!! Congratulations on this outstanding finalist!!!! #2458975

Cindy Paquette 2/24/2006 3:31:41 PM

So incredibly awesome Ken!~!!! Missed it first time around...hope to see it in the next round!!! #2463113

Claudia Kuhn level-classic 2/25/2006 12:36:59 PM

Love this so much Ken, big congrats on your 2nd place win!!! #2466359

Kerby Pfrangle level-classic 2/25/2006 12:50:07 PM

Ken congrats on your second place win. Job well done. Kerby #2466473

Goshka G. 2/25/2006 1:10:01 PM

Big congrats on your beautiful win, Ken!! #2466650

Dennis Flanagan 2/25/2006 1:12:32 PM

Woo Hooo, Congratulations Ken. #2466669

Sharon Day level-classic 2/25/2006 1:19:15 PM

Big congratulations on your outstanding 2nd place win, Ken!!! One of my favs! WTG!!! #2466743

Kay E. Mahoney level-classic 2/25/2006 1:28:35 PM

Big Cogratulations on your beautiful 2nd place winner Ken. Fantastic. Keep up the good work:) #2466826

Renee Doyle level-classic 2/25/2006 1:29:21 PM

Big congratulations on this wonderful 2nd place winner Ken!!!!! WTG!

She-She Killough level-classic 2/25/2006 1:45:36 PM

BIG CONGRATS KEN!!! Man I didn't even know the winners had come out yet. Guess I was lost in space. So glad you got a second on this... you definately deserved it!! Great job!!! #2466979

Robyn Mackenzie level-classic 2/25/2006 1:50:02 PM

Fantastic win, Ken!! Well deserved, for this awesome, creative image! :o) Robyn #2467005

Deborah Sandidge 2/25/2006 1:54:12 PM

This is so clever, congratulations on your win, Ken! #2467030

Cathy Barrows 2/25/2006 2:03:04 PM

congrats on this one...i love it #2467078

Linda D. Lester level-classic 2/25/2006 2:24:59 PM

Way to go....awesome shot! #2467173

Alana Ibe level-classic 2/25/2006 2:35:08 PM

Congratulations to you, Ken, on this gorgeous winner! #2467216

Kate Jackson level-classic 2/25/2006 3:03:20 PM

Congratulations on this great winner Ken! #2467351

bob cornelison level-classic 2/25/2006 3:14:25 PM

Congrats on this original shot!
~:O) #2467389

Ronald F. Fischer level-classic 2/25/2006 4:08:37 PM

Congratulations on this awesome winner, Ken!! #2467595

Jenny Bosmans level-classic 2/25/2006 4:43:30 PM

Congratulations on this fantastic winner, Ken!! #2467767

Terry L. Ellis level-classic 2/25/2006 5:30:05 PM

WTG, Ken!! Congratulations on this fabulous second place win! #2467992

Ian Cheung 2/25/2006 5:31:37 PM

Hey Ken, Congrats! #2468002

Tammy Scott 2/25/2006 5:35:13 PM

VERY VERY COOL win! Congratulations! #2468016

Linda Boehme level-classic 2/25/2006 6:37:49 PM

Ken, congrats on this awesome image. I have always like this. Great vision. #2468206

Pat Gamwell 2/25/2006 7:14:07 PM

CONGRATS, my friend! Well deserved! #2468380

Susan Jane Allen level-classic 2/25/2006 7:53:38 PM

I knew something was up when I turned on my computer this morning and saw all the "Discussion on Photo by Ken" messages. Congrats! #2468530

Corinne M. Thompson 2/25/2006 7:58:05 PM

A well deserved win Ken...Congratulations! :) #2468548

Ken Smith level-classic 2/25/2006 7:58:07 PM

Thanks so much for the compliments. I was certainly surprised. #2468549

Gail Vitikacs level-classic 2/25/2006 8:16:25 PM

FANTASTIC WIN KEN! Sooooo happy for you...WELL DESERVED I MIGHT ADD!!!!! #2468637

Darryl Wilkinson 2/25/2006 8:19:19 PM

I am so happy to see this here, Ken! CONGRATULATIONS on your Second Place WIN, Buddy! BRAVO!!!!!

ps. Can I uncross my fingers now :) (jk) #2468649

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-classic 2/25/2006 8:24:28 PM

Very, very cool!! Outstanding winning image, congratulations!!! #2468678

Chris Macer 2/25/2006 8:28:26 PM

Amazing stuff, Ken!! One of my favorite abstracts ever! So happy to see this come through. Many congrats to you!! :) #2468698

Candice C. Calhoun level-classic 2/25/2006 8:55:19 PM


ccc #2468817

Judyann Plante 2/25/2006 9:32:00 PM

Congratulations, Ken!!! #2468894

Life Expressions 2/26/2006 6:28:45 AM

Congratulations on your win, Ken!! I'm thrilled for you! #2470073

Nan Fischer 2/26/2006 6:31:42 AM

Congratulations, Ken! Well- deserved. #2470088

Bobbie Davis 2/26/2006 7:06:26 AM

Congrats Ken!!! #2470314

Kaye Burazin 2/26/2006 7:12:01 AM

WTG Ken, a well deserved congtats to you! #2470362

Donna W. Neal 2/26/2006 8:28:50 AM

Woo Hoo Ken!!!!
Congratulations on this outstanding winner #2470565

Murry Grigsby 2/26/2006 11:30:51 AM

Congrats on your super image and win Ken!! #2471145

Hendrik Storme 2/26/2006 11:32:49 AM

Congratulations on this fantastic winner, Ken!!! #2471153

Carla Metzler 2/26/2006 4:10:44 PM

Congratulations on this wonderful winning image, Ken! #2471762

Derrald R. Farnsworth-Livingston 2/26/2006 6:47:10 PM

Congrats, Ken! #2472083

Kristi A. Howson 2/26/2006 7:09:44 PM

Congratulations on your win and so well deserved Ken. This is such a fantastic it! #2472137

Roger Bernabo 2/27/2006 3:11:23 AM

Congratulations Ken; Great Work!!! #2473205

Ken Smith level-classic 2/27/2006 5:43:39 PM

Thanks so much for all your great comments. #2476566

Emile Abbott level-classic 2/28/2006 7:08:12 AM

Congratulations on a big second place win, Ken. You should be so proud of this amazing work. #2478929

Kathleen Clemons 2/28/2006 1:24:07 PM

Congrats to you, Ken! #2480215

Sherri Conley 4/20/2006 9:48:04 AM

Belated congratulations to you, Ken. This capture is nothing short of awesome. Wow! #2665688

Scott A. Watson 8/5/2006 4:11:20 AM

Very Creative ! #3126915

Jennifer Cuscino 9/18/2006 7:52:34 PM

BRILLIANT! I have a laptop so I was able to turn the screen upside down. GOOD EYE! Looks so different in each direction. #3327416

JO ANN CLEVELAND 12/29/2006 12:42:27 PM

Awesome! You are just too smart!

And thanks to you, I broke a fingernail when I was standing on my head and then noticed you had it at the beginning! lol

jo ann c. #3753901

Tressie Davis 12/29/2007 11:25:28 AM

Into my fav's - this is incredibly creative! #5264912

Lindel D. Campbell 1/6/2008 7:30:14 AM

Hey Ken. This photo is very inspiring. I love it looking at it as is on the screen but when I flipped my laptop its like another photo just as great.
Thanks for welcoming me here. #5299735

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic 2/12/2009 5:17:41 AM

What a wonderful capture. I had to turn it upside down to really get the meaning of what you subscribed. Awesome. Goes straight to my favorites. And belated Congratulation on getting Gold and congrats. on capturing this wonderful image.

Usman. #7156870

Laura E. Swan level-classic 5/14/2009 12:46:56 AM

Reflections are my favorite things to shoot Ken. This one is JUST STUNNING! I bow my head to the master!

HUGE CONGRATS on your BIG WIN! I just saw this one scrolling by on the winner circle page on BP!

-Laura Swan :) !!! #7518469

Lisa J. Boulden level-classic 8/21/2009 1:29:27 PM

Brilliant, my friend!
~♥~Lisa #7875292

JO ANN CLEVELAND 12/3/2009 9:43:16 AM

OMG! This was before my time I guess..this is amazing Ken!

Looks like a space ship overhead (the ripples) lol

Well deserved win too!

jo ann c. #8188099

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I composed the picture on the reflection and had a friend drop in a rock for the ripple effect. I did not use artifical filters to create the ripples. I rotated the picture 180 degrees. The "dry" sidewalk is at the bottom left and dry land is the green wedge on the right. Everything thing else is a reflection. If you can stand on your head or hold your monitor upside down, it will make better sense.

I think the ripples from the rock, along with the reflection, have transformed Omaha's skyline. As such, I've entered it into monthly theme.

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