Whether it’s the nature that inevitably thrives around such a large body of water, the views over its still surface, or the silence—hiking around a lake is always a calming experience. Lakes are living environments that promote such peace, your mind becomes one with the landscape; a place where your thoughts flow like water. And, with nothing to distract you from the unbroken views over the stillness—aside from the occasional motionless fisherman, a slow-moving boat, or a family of newborn ducklings—it’s impossible not to embrace the calm.
Hiking around a lake also means instant orientation. All you have to do is follow the water’s edge until you find your perfect rest point. And then, in summer, there’s only one thing left to do: to jump in. Even if you don’t go deeper than your ankles.
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To make your photos as beautiful as your memories are, here are a few simple tips on how to take beautiful photos during your rides.
The first thing you need for good photos is a camera that can take them. And while it helps, this doesn’t necessarily need to be the latest SLR or a set up with interchangeable lenses and wide angles. A simple zoom lens with a focal length between 24 and 70mm will also do the trick. In this sense, you may even be able to use your phone if you don't plan to make large-format prints or professionally edit your pictures afterwards. Just be aware that the quality of your camera has a direct impact on your images and consider whether your current one will meet your needs.
Good photos are seldom the result of a snapshot. It’s better to take fewer photos (meaning fewer breaks) that are really good, than a bunch of photos you’ll only delete later. So, experiment a little to find the right shot, and consider whether your picture will still look good at home, long after the current feelings of elation subside.
All good photos fit the rule of thirds, a simple rule that leads to incredibly aesthetically pleasing pictures. To follow the rule, all you have to do is place the most important object in the picture (for example a human, a tree or a building) on the point where the ‘third’ lines intersect (see figure).
The most important prerequisite for quality photos is beautiful light. So make sure that your motif is not in the shade, but illuminated by the sun. The time of day also plays an important role: The sun should not be too high; it should cast a shadow of yourself that’s ideally longer than you are tall. Particularly beautiful photos are taken in the golden and blue hours, directly after sunrise and before sunset.
If you or other people are in the picture, you will remember your adventure even better later. But only if it doesn't seem strangely unnatural and fake. So let the protagonists do something that they do all day anyway, such as hike or drive, look into the landscape or talk to each other.
Check out this article to find out more about how to improve your landscape photos.