“Lake Mattamuskeet Memory” was captured by Liyun Yu at Lake Mattamuskeet, the largest natural lake in North Carolina and winter host to hundreds of thousands of swans and Canada geese. Attracted to unique landscapes in his area and inspired by the cover photo of the National Geographic book “Dawn to Dark Photographs: The Magic of Light,” Yu sought to capture a different view of the lake under unusual lighting conditions. He wanted a sunrise photo with a clear sky and a clear reflection on the water. “The shallow depth of the lake water makes for ripples almost all the time; therefore, it is not easy to find a moment of perfect reflection of the cluster of bald cypress trees in the middle of the lake,” he says. It took Yu many trips out to the lake, leaving at midnight to drive 4 1/2 hours before sunrise, to get the photo he wanted. Y&U Photo Studio LLC, is based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and specializes in nature and landscape photography.
- CAMERA & LENS: Nikon D800E, Nikkor 24mm f/2.8
- EXPOSURE: 1/20 second at f/16, ISO 100
- LIGHTING: natural light
- POST-CAPTURE: He used Adobe Lightroom to process the image from the raw file and Photoshop CS6 for further desaturation and color balance.