Considerations for alternative conditions
Good preparation is the basis of any successful landscape endeavour
Direct light on water creates glare, so in summer especially it’s best to photograph during the golden hours when the sun is lower. The Photographer’s Ephemeris app will help you to figure out the direction of the light on your scene, and so the best place to stand.
Check the conditions that are likely to affect your shoot before you head out. In an ideal world, there’d be no wind and the skies would be clear. Ripples in the lake aren’t necessarily a bad thing, they’ll just produce a less smooth outcome.