Algonquin Provincial Park sunrise

Apologize for not being very active here recently. That is something I hope to rectify.

I took a day trip out to Algonquin Provincial Park here in Ontario, Canada in early October to catch some of the fall color. Was treated to this incredible sunrise when I arrived after a 3 hour drive.
The fog rolling off the lake was quite amazing to see. Thanks for looking!

What technical/artistic feedback would you like if any?

Any feedback is greatly appreciated.

Pertinent technical details or techniques:

Nikon D850 • 16-35 @ 18 mm • ƒ/11• 1/4 sec • ISO 65
Single exposure

#ig @chrisnoronhaphoto

You may only download this image to demonstrate post-processing techniques.

This must have been a magical morning! Looks so calm and peaceful. I really like the dead trees in the middleground. Breaks up the big reflecting surface in a good way that I think helps the composition. Beautiful photo!

One thing I always struggle with myself is wether to place the horizon line in the middle of the photo with reflection shots like these. I don’t think I would change anything in this photo, but it might be worth to see the effect of cropping the bottom and get rid of the dark reflections in the bottom left corner.

Chris, What a great image. You came here for critiques, for me there are no real ones. Maybe if I must make a comment just for myself . I would take away the yellow bushes at the left. To me they take a bit to much attention.

What a beautiful fall scene, Chris. Wow, a three hour drive to be there in time for sunrise, that is dedication. What us photographers will do to get a shot. But you got it, and I don’t have any advice. I read the comments already made, and could see possibly the suggestion Ben made. Still an excellent image the way it is. :+1::+1:

This is a beauty. Great high key look and beautiful color and reflections. I would also agree with @Ben_van_der_Sande 's suggestion about the tree on the left. If you don’t want to crop, maybe desaturate it a bit?

Thanks so much for your kind words and great feedback @jurre @Ben_van_der_Sande @Shirley_Freeman and @Harley_Goldman

Jurre, I also struggle with using a very central composition in my images as well. While I did try a few different compositions, this one had a symmetry to it that I like better than the other compositions.

I can really see how the tree on the left grabs your attention and try to either de-saturate or crop it out completely.

Thanks again for your time!

I am a newcomer to NPN; this is my first day using it. This image is excellent. It communicates a peaceful serene mood. You were aptly rewarded for your early arrival. Composition is great, and the fog is the clincher to me. I would experiment by lowering the brightness/exposure a bit. Not much because you want to retain the mood, but a little bit may help take down some of the real bright whites at right and add more definition to the long log or tree that is at the beach area. I agree that cropping most of the gold tree at far left might also help. My comments are detail picking on an already most effective image. Congratulations.

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Gorgeous colour and atmosphere, I love it!
Grt, Ingrid.

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