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#52weeksofnature Photo Contest Week 47 Winner

The winner of Week 47 of our #52weeksofnature photo contest is Blane Arnold (@blvne). They don't call it Emerald Lake for nothing. Congrats to Blane for capturing the calm before the storm with this serene lakeside reflection in British Columbia, Canada. Blane has won a $100 gift code to hippytree.com and we are donating an additional $100 to the Surfrider Foundation in his name. Learn more about Blane below.

Where was the image shot?
Emerald Lake, British Columbia, Canada

What camera did you use and what were the settings?
Camera: Sony a6300
Lens: 18-105mm
Shutter Speed: 1/1000
Aperture: f/4.0
ISO: 250

Was there any special preparation required to capture the photo?
There wasn’t any plan of going to Emerald Lake on this trip. I saw an early season storm heading for Alberta and drove 15 hours to go snowboarding. This was the first place I stopped and within a few hours everywhere within 100 miles was covered in snow.

How long have you been shooting?
I’ve been shooting since 2012 when I bought a camera to photograph surf trips with friends.

What's your favorite subject matter to shoot?
Shooting around the ocean will always be my favorite, especially below the surface or eye level with a wave rolling in. I actually just began a sailing circumnavigation that will last three years!

Do you shoot with a crew or shoot solo?
I shoot solo.

What excites you about photography?
I love sharing beautiful places around the world. Most people think it takes a crazy amount of money to see foreign places, when really you can see most spots by doing a little research, visiting off-season and sacrificing a little comfort.

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