Seattle Times reader Kym Ahrens’ artful photo of lake reeds and a foggy, pastel sunset.

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Photographer: Kym Ahrens, Seattle

Photo taken: Jan. 6, Lake Burien

Photographer’s description: “My workplace recently moved to Burien. I have gotten into the habit of taking my camera everywhere. One afternoon I was stunned by the beautiful, misty sunset across Lake Burien. I ran outside to get the shot, this was the best of the bunch. Sony NEX C3@35mm, 1/250, f/3.2, 800.”

Expert says: “I was immediately drawn to this photo. The pastel colors are beautiful against the dark reeds. The fog softens the dark trees in the background and separates them from the reeds and their reflection, making the reeds prominent and defined. What I really enjoy is the framing and symmetry that makes this an art piece. I love how the reeds and their reflection go out of the frame on the left side and the gist of the background is at the top half of the frame, applying the rule of thirds in multiple ways. I would hang this image in my home. Gorgeous!”

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