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Capturing a day at the lake There are not many places I’d rather be on a beautiful spring day than at a lake. Especially as a photographer, I find much inspiration and many subjects of study along its shores and docks. From natural wildlife and flora to weather-worn nautical gear, there always seems to be something intriguing to photograph in the quiet and peaceful moments I find there. As a photographer, the lake also provides me with many opportunities to utilize a wide variety of lenses. The longer, or more magnified lenses allow for close-ups of distant objects, usually with a greater depth of field giving me a softer background. The macro lenses allow for extreme close-ups of the small details, such as tiny flowers at the shore’s edge, water bugs zipping along the surface of the lake, or that dragonfly that lights for a moment on a piece of grass. The mid-range lenses include a wider view of the lake and can effectively capture a breathtaking sunset, the gorgeous brightly-colored yacht in full sail, or groups of people gathered on the docks for a weekend party. And the wide-angle lens can make a great shot of the entire width of a bay or catch the gleaming

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sunshine sparkling across the top of the rippling water. Because I usually spend a long period of time at the lake with each visit, I can also get various images throughout the day as the light changes. Morning light is bright, but as the sun is still low in the sky it produces high-contrasting, long shadows for my subjects. This can create some drama in the photographs and many times make great black-and-white images. At mid-day when the sun is overhead, subjects are well-lit. This is a good time to get images of the dogwood blooms and flowers that hold their “faces” up to the sky. Evening light is softer on people and provides warmer skin tones, romantic silhouettes and gentle shadows. Even old boats, anchors, and dock houses can look almost dreamy with the soft light of an evening sun. The next time you take your camera to the lake, think about your options with the features available to you. You may feel somewhat limited with a point and shoot camera, but don’t let that stop you from trying something new. Look through your owner’s manual and see what your camera is capable of doing for you, and

LAKE Destination

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Lake Destination Lanier  

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