How does the reflection of light work?

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Hello. How does light get reflected? Do photons act like balls which bounce off a surface? If I shoot a single photon which has a frequency of an orange color, and that photon hits a tomato, it should get absorbed, right?
What if it hits an orange? Will it bounce off an atom? How does that bouncing work? Do excited electrons play their role in here?
 

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Hello. How does light get reflected? Do photons act like balls which bounce off a surface? If I shoot a single photon which has a frequency of an orange color, and that photon hits a tomato, it should get absorbed, right?
What if it hits an orange? Will it bounce off an atom? How does that bouncing work? Do excited electrons play their role in here?

I didn't understand it until I read Richard Feynman's book QED. It is not at all obvious.
 

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