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Louvre Reflections

Louvre Reflections
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Copyright: Lars Zwemmer (Tue) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10894 W: 57 N: 18836] (70460)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-12
Categories: Daily Life, Architecture
Camera: Canon Powershot A720 IS
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/800 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Paris Highlights
Theme(s): Twins? [Part VI], My Reflection Photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-01-15 13:04
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Louvre Reflections

The last couple of days I visited the wonderful French captital of Paris, together with TE-colleagues Stefan (Steft) and Martijn (marrty).
This was also a great opportunity to use my new camera (a Canon Powershot A 720IS), that I bought last week, for the first time.

My first picture is one of one of the most important and well-known highlights of the city: Musée du Louvre(or just Le Louvre). This photo was taken last Saturday and yesterday I also visited the museum itself.
This photo shows you a reflection of the museum in the modern pyramid of the new entrance in the courtyard of the museum. It was completed in 1989 and designed by architect I.M. Pei.

During our stay in Paris, we had lovely weather most of the time, as you also can see here.
I took almost 1,000 pictures (and then my memory cards were full), and out of all these, I think I can find enough pictures to post on TE, so I decided to create a travelogue for my trip to Paris. This photo will also be added to my Reflections-Theme.
Hope you like it!

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Hello, Lars -

This is a clever juxtaposition, well done. You also handled a tricky light situation well. I wish you had managed to get the flag in the wind, but that's because I've spent so much time pointing at flagpoles waiting for the wind to do something for me.

At first I didn't care for the shadows in the lower left, but on looking at it some more I see that it is necessary. Nice framing!


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  • Morac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1990 W: 221 N: 2765] (27725)
  • [2008-01-15 13:21]

Hello Lars,
Good evening and Cheer: I tested and if I had succeeded in making the same photograph I will certainly have put it on TE.
Beautiful juxtaposition et reflection

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  • finlay Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 297 W: 7 N: 311] (1583)
  • [2008-01-15 13:22]


A wonderful shot combining modern and traditional architecture.

I like the composition using the diagonal of the pyramid to split the image in half.


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  • Gustaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2500 W: 722 N: 202] (21670)
  • [2008-01-15 13:23]

Hi, friend!
It is very nice photo. I very like your composition with historical buildings. I like your reflection. Well done.

Hi Lars,
a great POV you had chosen here! The broken reflections in the lower left tringle make up a very original composition.
Great job, thanks for sharing!

This is a place I know. Excellent sharpness and interesting use of the side of pyramid.

And "Le Louvre" is also the "Palais du Louvre", since the initial use was a royal palace...

All the best,


hej Lars
nice composition with the reflection on the pyramid, well done,
and i see there was an excellent golden light ;)

Hi Lars,

What a lovely detail of backraund, perfect light,a very good idea and composition... I love reflection and your tecnic


The DOF is amazing and also the composition!
A very interesting picture!

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  • paura Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7909 W: 56 N: 3830] (25796)
  • [2008-01-15 16:51]

Very well done, Lars.
Amazing ancients Louvre reflections in the new modern pyramid.
Well composed and nice idea.



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  • vral Silver Star Critiquer [C: 13 W: 0 N: 9] (54)
  • [2008-01-15 18:49]

Hello Lars,

Nice shot. POV, Compo and sharpness are too good.



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  • siolaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4752 W: 602 N: 10303] (38294)
  • [2008-01-15 19:33]

Hi Lars,
Good idea and dynamic framing created a surprising and fine compo... i like the definition of these refecions... nice natural colors and a perfect diagonal of the pyramid....
Im flad you liked my hometown

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  • Corry Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 296 W: 0 N: 695] (4508)
  • [2008-01-15 20:06]

Belle photo du Louvre qui reflète sur la Pyramide. Belle couleur et très bonne netteté de l'édifice.
Bon travail

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  • dip Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3281 W: 0 N: 2971] (23892)
  • [2008-01-15 22:40]

Hi Lars,
beautiful image,good use of diagonal composition in the foreground,
interesting the architectural difference,

Bonsoir, mon ami Lars,
Je suis très heureux de voir que vous êtes parmi nous à Paris, cher Lars.
Vous avez réalisé une excellente prise de vue. J'aime le cadrage très original et la qualité générale de la photographie.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 26033 W: 522 N: 44528] (189937)
  • [2008-01-16 2:00]

Hello Lars,

Een mooi uitstap zo met jullie drieën naar Parijs.
Ik heb enkele minuten moeten kijken, want ik kon de knoop niet ontwarren.
Maar nu well het echt een mooie foto en met een kwaliteit genomen om u tegen te zeggen, en dit met uw pas aangeschafte camera, de IS in deze toestellen is zeer fijn ingesteld.
Mooi werk geleverd, bedankt.

Groeten uit Vlaanderen,

Hello Lars,
A creative point of view adds excitement to this composition!
Intriguing use of the reflection in this diagonal, good light and sharp finbe details in the architecture!
Pablo -

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  • danyy Gold Star Critiquer [C: 8943 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-01-16 4:20]

Bonjour Lars,
voici une photo dans laquelle je vois d'emblée de grandes qualités, comme la netteté du bâtiment, vraiment bien détaillé, la qualité des lumières chaudes et bien gérées, et ce cadrage qui fait juste apparaitre ce qu'il faut de vitres pour profiter de la réflection.
C'est très graphique en plus.
Best regards.

Hoi Lars,

Nog niet in de Baltische staten geweest dus . . . :)
Prachtige foto, natuurlijk veel elementen die vaak in fotografie terugkomen; spiegelingen, contrast oud-nieuw, diagonalen. Heb je geprobeerd om een foto te maken met de spiegelende diagonaal evenwijdig aan de horizon?
Mooi standpunt trouwens, deze plek is al zo vaak gefotografeerd, maar je hebt een mooi standpunt genomen. Het licht is erg mooi en je camera heeft mooie kleuren. De scherpte is niet helemaal 100%, maar verder is het een schitterende foto,
groeten uit Riga,

Lars, j'aime beaucoup cette vue du Louvre en partie réfléchie par la pyramide. Le graphisme est excellent avec de belles couleurs.

As a refelection hunter I can imagine you had great fun with the Louvre pyramids. This is a wonderful result and something different. Well done
Congrats on the new toy too.

Hej Lars
You captured wonderful lighting in this shot which has brought out the golden colours of the stonework. I like your compo and framing which gives us an original take of this famous museum.
Best wishes

Bonsoir Lars
superbe !!! les reflets sont superbement mis en valeur par le choix de ton cadrage. La photo est très graphique. Bravo.

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  • UlfE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2516 W: 81 N: 3653] (14641)
  • [2008-01-16 12:47]

Hi Lars,

First of all congratulations to your with post with your new camera. I have seen many marvelous photos of the Louve and it glass pyramid entrance and your picture is one them. Very original. You make really good use of the reflections in the glass. Also excellent sharpness and very very nice colours.



Hello Lars
Super composition and perfect capture.
Reflection, contrast, colours and sunlight are excellent.
Best wishes from Ankara

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  • Charo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5142 W: 58 N: 12086] (51212)
  • [2008-01-16 15:07]

Hola Lars,
Magnífica toma con unas reflesiones muy singulares. Excelente encuadre con muy buenos colores y resolución. Buen trabajo

Hi Lars,
Great POV ... interesting capture using reflections ... I find it a vrey refreshing style. Well composed with very good resulting image/color quality. Excellent work! tfs

Interesting perspective on a common subject Lars, great light, I like the original angle, except maybe the black part at the bottom left corner.

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  • TopGeo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4033 W: 93 N: 8299] (38220)
  • [2008-01-16 22:54]

Hello Lars excellent shot! !Your thought good and the implementation perfect with good plan and frame. Your thematic unit with the reflections improbable! you, I praise

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9445 W: 262 N: 3084] (103038)
  • [2008-01-16 23:26]

Hi Lars,
unusual composition and view, fine idea and very good quality. I like it.
Gr., Aleksander

Hi Lars,
Great effect of the reflections in this very beautiful composition. I like how you framed it with the mirror on left.
Excellent colours and definition.
Thanks and greetings

Very nicely captured and greatly composed shot. The reflection is very nice and you got a fantastic effect.
Best wishes,

prachtig Lars,
zeer fraaie foto,
erg orgineel, zeer goede kwaliteit, gewoon mooi om naar te kijken, een klein beetje wind had er moeten staat om de driekleure er ook bij te hebben, good fotowerk.
groet Jaap

Hej Lars,
a tilted Louvre, how funny :-) Excellent clarity and sharpness in the reflection like in the other part with an added puzzle effect by the construction of that roof. I like also the good exposure for light and shadow.
Lieben Gruss, Ulf

hello Lars
this is a very amazing picture,very original!The reflection is really astonishing because of sructure of the roof, which gives small reflections the ones beside the others.I like to see the beautiful monument behind this modern roof!The light and the colours are superb and give a real beauty to the picture!Very well done!
Have a nice day.

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  • danos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13701 W: 295 N: 27478] (110395)
  • [2008-01-17 5:16]

Hello Lars,
very nice the perspective and the POV as the reflections on the modern pyramid of the Musée du Louvre.I like the excellent colour as the light of the facade of the building.The weather was with you, in older to shot so many photos for your staying in Paris two days only.Informative your note.


Bonjour Lars
Une photo souvent prise la pyramide du Louvre,ici une composition originale réalisée avec une excellente maitrise du sujet photographique.
Bravo et bonne soirée.

Hello Lars,
The most "crazy" reflection I've ever seen!Great capture to present this fine architecture in that way.Also very sharp to see so clear the details.Excellent work!


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  • sevy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2022 W: 320 N: 9] (58)
  • [2008-01-18 0:55]

Hello Lars,

Very good point of view using nicely with the broken glass effect to provide an abstract feeling of the Louvre.
The exposure was well manage to let details even in the shadows but with the right level of saturation to highlight the warm color of the sun on the stones.


hi Lars,

Presque un classique, mais bien réalisé. Belle lumière, et jolie déformation des reflets.
Marie qui repasse

Hej Lars, ha Parijs! Heel sterk en grafisch hoe je hier het frame diagonaal gesplitst hebt in het in warm licht badende Louvre en zijn gedeconstrueerde versie via Peo's pyramide. Heel goed geconcipieerd en zeer fraai uitgevoerd. Een nieuwe cam? Een zeer scherp ding!
Fijn weekend,

Hallo Lars,
Een prachtige entree van je nieuwe camera. Een schitterend dubbele foto van het oude Louvre en de reflectie daarvan in de nieuwe entree.
groet Rob

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  • Emile Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4365 W: 152 N: 5590] (20352)
  • [2008-01-18 20:33]

Hola Lars.
A combination of old and modern, superb juxtaposition shot captured from a very interesting POV. Great colors and sharpness. Well done.
Best regards.

Hello Lars,
Great reflections and original composition to enhance the Louvre pyramid.

Hoi Lars,
Tja, wat kan ik hier van zeggen. Deze is erg goed gelukt. Het enige mini-minpuntje vind ik dat zwarte vlak linksonder in de foto. Wel mooi scherp plaatje met je nieuwe camera! Groeten, Martijn

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  • stego Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4422 W: 612 N: 7301] (24132)
  • [2008-01-19 11:16]

Hi Lars,
It may be a much photographed place, but with this excellent photo you prove that it is possible to get something away from the usual cliché. The light and the architecture(s) give you a hand, but the merit of everything else goes to you. It's a remarkable photo.
Regards, José.

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  • Stepan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4529 W: 89 N: 3989] (27210)
  • [2008-01-20 0:35]

So you were in Paris... It's gonna be interesting to see what you captured and how...
This first shot is excellent because I find that pretty difficult to compose Le Louvre. And you did it inspired. And as you were lucky with the light, you get a great compo.
Well done.

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  • Didi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8664 W: 4413 N: 15279] (61569)
  • [2008-01-21 3:12]

Hi Lars
Very original subject as usually and well done of course for the reflections on the pyramid.
I hope you went at the Galerie des Glaces à Versailles.:)

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  • vincz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2604 W: 77 N: 5252] (19113)
  • [2008-01-21 4:28]

Very creative composition with excellent light. I love the geometry, I love the reflections. An excellent job.

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  • Truja Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 661 W: 89 N: 1457] (4953)
  • [2008-01-21 8:34]

Hola Lars,
cette photographie est une grande création artistique effectuée avec beaucoup goût et savoir faire. Les reflets du Louvre sont magiques, les dorades et les argentées tonalités créent une atmosphère brillante et d'une grande qualité photographique. Excellent jeu des géométries dans les reflets du Louvre. Celle-ci est une photographie que se mérite un 10!

Salut, Jordi

Hi Lars, What a wonderful piece of composition, the angled reflection gives several great images all blending into one, the architecture is magnificent & what brilliant light, a masterful piece of work, kind regards Wilson.

Ciao Lars,
today I have wanted to look at your gallery, and I have to tell you that you are a really good photographer. Your photos are always perfect and never banal. Among everybody, I have chosen this because it is genial, for the choice of the colors and, above all, because with a reflex you have absolutely mixed the ancient one with the modern one in an artistic way. I put her among mine prefer. Bravo!

Hello Lars,

This is one of the most artistic and original shots I've seen of the Louvre, IM Pei's beautifuly pyramid creating the amorphous reflection of the lovely old buildings. I look forward to your other images of Paris also.

Warm regards,


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  • jorgi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 899 W: 150 N: 880] (3810)
  • [2008-01-23 0:28]

Hi Lars,

excellent capture. I like chosen POV, not usual turistic shot but very ambitious approach. Brilliant compostition with excellent image quality. Compliments.

Kind regards,

Hello Lars,
this is a very beautiful picture. The colour and the lighting are amazing. I like the light on the museum's walls and the colour is really beautiful. Obviously the reflection of the building in the pyramid makes the picture. Also the foreground adds another dimension to this. Excellent work!

Hello Lars
The point of viewis original showing the reflection of that nice building. The architecture is stunning and great to look at with the sharp details. Colours and contrasts are perfect.
Well done!
Best regards

Hello Lars!
Wonderful relection! Beautiful colors and details! Nice POV! Amazing building!
TFS, Best regards, Zorica

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  • gmg Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 357 W: 74 N: 188] (4202)
  • [2008-01-28 13:20]

Hi Lars!
This is a very nice shot; good idea and you managed to realize it in the best possible way

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  • Muse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2048 W: 149 N: 6386] (35014)
  • [2008-02-01 7:03]

Hello Lars,
Une très belle photo du Louvre et des magnifiques reflets.
Superbe ciel et des couleurs or qui contrastent bien.
Jolie touche de rouge du drapeau et un tout bon cadrage.
Bien vu!
Best regards

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  • golden Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 224 W: 4 N: 291] (2289)
  • [2008-02-01 12:48]

Hello Lars,
excellent capture.I like the contrast between present-past(architecture) and the framing with the pyramid that shares the picture in the middle.Combined with these distorted reflections it creates a wonderful composition...

Well done,

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  • aloyho Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1158 W: 68 N: 1693] (6798)
  • [2008-02-02 22:52]

Hi Lars,
This is an exciting shot and most fitting for a place like the Louvre where art takes centre stage. I like the crisp details of the facade bathed with just the right lighting and the vibration of the reflection provided most of the thrills. An appealing shot indeed!!

Regards and a nice weekend.

Olá Lars, I didn't notice you had a new camera. Congratulations. May be that's why I'm finding this travelogue of yours so good. Perhaps this first one is the best one until now, but I'm not sure and it doesn't matter. To make a new creative picture of this landmark is not easy and you did a superb composition. Love the division of the image in two perfect parts along the diagonal. The reflection is fantastic and the colors are very appealing. Congratulations.
1000 pictures? Wow, that was the double of me and I was there much more time...Now, I regret my lazzyness of not making a photograph at night when I passed here in one of those bikes...did you try them?

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  • alainh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3766 W: 143 N: 6587] (33209)
  • [2008-02-07 22:40]

hello Lars
excelent idea and good use of the mirror ! it give an not usual picture of this famous place. colours and contrasts are well managed.
have anice day Lars

Excellent diagonal frame division between the real world and its reflection!... very good light and the reflection part is really fascinating...


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  • kpav Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 708 W: 53 N: 405] (5031)
  • [2008-02-13 10:17]

Hello Lars, wonderful composition very clever from a great POV. The sharpness is impressive and the reflections amazing.

Hi Lars, it is a stunning composition very clever seen and composed.
The perspective and the frame here with these superb reflections make it with an artistic impression.

Hello lars
An interesting point of view. The only remark I could make on this beautiful composition is about the bottom left corner. perhaps it could give even better result by copping it.
Best regards

Again one of your beautiful reflection photos Lars.
I understand why you chose to split the frame in two, one part with the real subject and one part the distorted reflection, but i think it would have been interesting to see the whole building reflected like this instead.
But i like it.

Hi Lars,
Beautiful shot. Great POV, good colors and superb reflections. Thanks for sharing.
Best regards,

I only have to add my admiration to the above posts. Exceptional clarity and colors. Reflections and light quality are exceptional. How did you perform the compression?

Hi Tue,
I always love to see such reflection shots and yours of course... what can I say I just love it. Your reflections shots are great, wonderful gallery you have!
I really like this nice point of view and the great colors are overwhelming. The reflections of the building in the glass, wonderful! Great work, TFS.


Hi Lars
very cool shot of a much photographed building.
its always fun to create something just a little bit different.

the reflections are fun, and give a twisted look to the otherwise sophisticated Louvre.

well done

Ciao Lars
questa foto ha avuto molti consensi e li merita tutti.
Veramente una bella idea e un fantastico risultato, la luce ha avuto una parte fondamentale e hai sfruttato al meglio il riflesso, giocando con gli angoli visivi.

Hi Lars,
it is a very photogenic spot. I probably have it as well in my TE gallery. You have captured the architecture at a great light -everything turns orange. Everything crispy sharp we can admire all the smallest details.
Very nice contrast of the sharp architecture with its smooth blurred reflection in the pyramide.
The latter adds a nice diagonal touch.
Excellent work,

Hello Lars,
a similar photo you have in your gallery, that was taken from its left side. Both are showing a magnificent design of modern and older architecture's.
Stunning reflection onto the pyramid, superbly collected.
Have a nice weekend,

Dear Tue,
very sophisticated composition, amazing refelction, superb geommetry, good cut, good sharp.
Thanx for sharing.

Hi Lars,

Love this POV and La Pyramide reflection effects.


Hello Lars,
A very by-the-rules photo that includes the original object together with the reflection. I assume they stopped enforcing that rule a while ago. Nevertheless, a very pleasant photo.

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  • jmdias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11219 W: 174 N: 20535] (90568)
  • [2017-11-11 5:02]


good visual effect with this diagonal of reflections crossing the lateral of the image. the golden hues of the building are enhanced by the special light. beautiful and well done.



This one didn't get quite as many points and yet, I like it as much, if not more ! I prefer the golden tone of the palace in this picture. Apart from that the idea was the same, but I understand why you chose to post this one first.
It was a good idea to shoot the place on different angles anyway.

Hi Lars

A classic caption of the Louvre joining the old and the new. You managed to capture very good light and the colors are beautiful and vivid. I like the assymetry of the reflection.


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