I’m not a morning person, but after all I’d heard about the Black Lake in Durmitor National Park, I decided it was time to make an exception and get up for sunrise – and I’m glad I did! I set my alarm for 5:30am, and arrived at the lake just before 6am. The lake was perfectly still and silent except for a few birds waking up. There were a few puffy clouds to catch the light, and the still water gave perfect reflections. After a few shots over half an hour I then went back to my hotel to sleep for an extra couple of hours, and when I woke up again it was cloudy and rained most of the rest of the day!
The shot above is a composite of four exposures – one for the boat, one for the remaining foreground (water and trees), one for the mountains, and one for the sky. I merged them with GIMP and then made a few final adjustments in Lightroom.