Mirroring Architectural Details


As I review my photos from the Czech Republic I realize I have lots door and window photos. I think more doors than windows, but still plenty of both. Though it’s not just doors and windows, the architecture is packed with all sorts of juicy details to binge on. The details shown here are from the St. Vitus Cathedral located within the Prague Castle grounds. I’ve been thinking about how to present selections of my door and window images in a way that won’t bore people to death. I think the variety is fascinating, but I won’t try to convince myself that people want to see endless images of doors, windows and other details. “Here’s a door…here’s another door…and another…” Umm, no. So I’m thinking along the lines of a collage, but am still pondering. At the heart of this is a challenge to present these details in a compelling way.

To mix things up with the details of the cathedral I created mirror images. Below are two variations using the photo above. For each I began with the photo in a vertical orientation. One was rotated clockwise, the other counter-clockwise. Then in Photoshop I duplicated the image and flipped it horizontally. This gave me a photo that was a mirror image. I aligned the original and the mirror to create these images. That’s the quick version of how to do the mirroring. If you’re interested in a step-by-step set of instructions let me know in the comments and I’ll do it in a future post.

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While they begin from the same photo, the different rotation combined with the mirroring creates images with a completely different feel and flow.

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In order to better appreciate the pattern try backing away from your screen. Viewing the image smaller allows you to see the overall shape and form and not pay attention to the details. If you can’t move away from the screen here are smaller versions of the photos to simulate the effect.

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In the second image I see the shapes in the top center and bottom center as faces. However, I don’t see this as easily when looking at the larger version.

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Finally, take a moment to appreciate the level of detail in the architecture. Just incredible.




  1. Catherine costolo March 8, 2014 at 11:30 am #

    I love these! I would love to know how you did this.

  2. George Silvas March 8, 2014 at 5:45 pm #

    Great photos, Corey! Details are amazing and your use of mirror imaging makes them even more interesting. Let us know the process.

  3. Josh March 8, 2014 at 7:43 pm #

    Very creative—like them all!

  4. Lea Gallardo March 8, 2014 at 8:40 pm #

    Very Nice!

  5. Ian Richardson April 27, 2014 at 7:02 am #

    Great images! However, I trust that if St. Vitus Cathedral is mentioned in the caption for any of the mirrored images, then the caption will also state that the image has indeed been mirrored, so that people do not go looking for the final view! (I started to wonder if even the base image had been mirrored, but details of the stone coloring and cracks suggest not.)

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