I remember the exact day when I took this photo. It was Christmas, and I was alone in Gdańsk. After overcoming the initial awkwardness about being the only solo person in the old town, I consumed my festive burger and mulled wine, and hit the city.
Now, photographers often like to complain about the weather — ugly cloud formations, boring sunsets, grey sky; some even complain when the weather is too good. But on that day, I discovered drizzle, liquid water drops so small and annoying that even the gentlest breeze can carry them in any direction. And of course, the most popular one seemed to be my lens and the ND filter.
After nervously wiping the lens for probably the 50th time, I reluctantly decided to call it a day.
On my way to the hotel, I saw this puddle. It seemed interesting, but I cared so little that I only took two snaps. No tripods, no filters, not even properly adjusting the frame nor settings. Only after returning to Norway, I realized how nice the photos actually looked. In disbelief, I needed something to cheer me up — “Screw it,” I said, “no photo is worth getting a stress-induced ulcer. Not on Christmas.”
@ 7Sii + @ 16-35 mm f/4.0 @ f/7.1, 1/125 s, ISO 200