One of my early influences, John Shaw once took and shared an image that had a strong effect on me. The image was of leaves on a still pond, with under exposure turning the water jet black. He likened it to stars in a night sky.
That example of exposure control and the composition stayed with me from then on. I cannot take an image like it without thinking of him, over 20 years ago.
My image is not as "stellar" (excuse the bad pun), more early landscape style like Elliot Porter maybe?