National Geographic News

Nove Mlyny, Czech Republic

Photograph by Petr Cunderlik, My Shot

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.—Catherine Karnow

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

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