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Location: Lake Wanaka, Wanaka, Otago, South Island, New Zealand

The morning I captured this image was almost breath-taking. The sunrise was consistently impressive. The scene improved as the sun cracked above the horizon. Perfectly calm conditions reveal the clarity of the water and the presence of the rounded stones.

Intense golden spun fog drifts with momentum, spreading across the lake like an impressive golden tablecloth. The clouds draw you into the picture representing a strong leading line. They almost resemble a ‘ceiling’ layer. ‘That Wanaka Tree’ lends an artistic edge to the scene.

Arriving at the location early, I was fortunate enough to have a great vantage point, which proved to be beneficial.