Step by step camera and lens setup
Learn how to get the most from your lakeside location when the weather doesn’t play ball
01 take Shelter
Find somewhere you can set up out of the direct rainfall. Most DSLRS are waterproof to an extent, but it’s hard to feel creative when you’re soaking wet. Mount your camera on a tripod, and adjust the height so it’s straight-on to your subject and the horizon line.
02 compose the frame
Instead of a wide-angle, use a flexible zoom lens such as a 24-105mm. You could also try a prime lens such as a 50mm. We experimented with both, isolating the subject and creating a more compact frame. Turn on Live View mode to compose the shot more easily.
03 camera Settings
Set the DSLR to its lowest ISO and an aperture of around f/11. Work in Manual exposure mode, expose for the brightest part of the scene (use the histogram) and manually focus on the point where the reflection meets the subject. Activate Self-timer shooting mode.
04 filter and Shoot
If there is glare on the water, reduce it by attaching a polarizing filter. Twist the filter until you see it having an effect on the LCD screen. If the reflection is a few stops darker than the sky, add on a graduated neutral density filter too. When you’re happy, fire the shutter.