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A still day will ensure reflections in the water. Photo: Richard Young
How to take a classic lake shot that will wow your friends

Find a view
Find a view across the lake; this could be some distant peaks, amazing forest or an impressive sky at sunset. If the opposite shore is far away, you may need to use a zoom lens to bring it closer and make it a stronger focal point.

Look for reflection
Reflections in lakes can make striking photographs, even on bright sunny days. If you head out on a windy day, don’t expect any lake reflections. Calm mornings are best for reflections, as there is usually little breeze until the sun has risen.

Frame with some foreground
Some foreground in your photograph will help add depth to the image. The foreground could be quite subtle  – some lakeside vegetation, or it could be used as a stronger element to frame the lake. Incorporating human elements in the image can also add interest and a focal point; boats and people can work well, as can a classic jetty leading into the lake.

Think about your height
When photographing an expanse of water, height can make a big difference to your photograph. Getting down lower can often change reflections and allow you to capture foreground, close on the shore. A higher view will often let you include more water and less foreground.

Location Lake Matheson, West Coast
Camera Settings 35mm lens, ISO 100, f22, 1/45 second