Location Challenges: How to shoot Lakes
Lakes, so we love glassy reflections. The more glassy we can get. Foreground, you know the other things for lakes? Framing. See the trees framing the lake here? Lakes are great if you can find a natural frame. There's just something about a lake with kind of a tree hangin' over it. It's tough to do. You gotta practice this one because there's a fine line between distraction and frame. And we've probably all seen it. You see a tree that's halfway hanging down over the photo, that's distraction. So there's a fine line between all that. And I can even do a self-critique of myself on this photo and say, if I sent this in to a photo competition, I'm gonna get torn apart for that. Blurry leaves in the foreground, because they're so close to me, this kinda interrupts part of it. But framing in lakes really helps out reflections. So what kinds of things can we do to help with that? Early morning, late evening. You ever notice hot air balloons? When do the hot air balloons go up? Early morning,...
late evening, why? Winds are at their lowest early mornings and late evenings. I'm not saying they're always gonna be down there but by and large, that's when you're gonna have your calmest winds. So if you think you're gonna be near a lake and if you can get out there in early morning or late evening, it's the best time to go. That shot right there, I got to it like, probably an hour, hour and a half before sunset and it was just ripply. And I'm like, oh, man, I'm not gonna get the shot that I thought I was gonna get because I thought I was gonna get that perfect reflection. And sure enough, right at sunset, it just died down and just crystal clear.