Photo of the Day

A tree reflected in a Nove Mlyny, Czech Republic, reservoir
September 23, 2011

Nove Mlyny, Czech Republic

This Month in Photo of the Day: Your Photos With Tips From Photographer Catherine Karnow

When shooting landscapes, good light is absolutely essential, which is why photographers often rise before dawn. This photograph is all about the exquisite first light of day, which gives it a magical quality. Also, the still water serves as a mirror for the tree, and its reflection is what makes the photograph sing. Light changes very fast—you may only have ten minutes before this would be a very different shot.

Photo Tip: For landscape shots, it’s essential to be on location for the first light of the day.

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Photograph by Petr Cunderlik, My Shot
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