Paul Winterstein escaped the smoky air in Seattle by heading to Lake Ozette, where he captured this shot on the water.

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Photographer: Paul Winterstein

Photo taken: Aug. 28, 2018 on Lake Ozette in Olympic National Park

Photographer’s description: “Seeking clean air, clear weather and a wilderness experience on the water, we escaped to Lake Ozette near the Olympic Coast. Photo taken with an iPhone 5s on the western shore near the mouth of Ericson’s Bay. The nearshore shallows offered easy travels and a mix of aquatic plant life unfamiliar to us.”

Critique: “Your escape from the smoky air also turned out to make a nice photo of having fun out on the water. The added motion of the water moving from the paddle helps draw attention throughout the frame. To make this photo even better, I would try cropping to make the horizon line straight.”


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