Down the street

Your Shot photographer Mark Underwood spotted a woman carrying a mirror down the street in Havana, Cuba, and knew he had to scurry away from his friends to capture this shot. Reflected in the woman’s mirror is the back of an older car—a common sight in the Cuban capital, where classic American cars, many dating back to the 1950s, line the streets. As the borders between the United States and Cuba reopen, National Geographic was there to explore the effect the new wave of tourists will have on the island nation.
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Under the stars

“So much of this shot came down to trust and luck,” says photographer Will Strathmann about this image, which he took of himself and a friend kayaking under the night sky on New Hampshire’s Squam Lake.
“I had to trust that my time-lapse was running and that the positioning of our kayaks was right. And I was lucky that the lake was calm enough for floating smoothly without movement and that the passing clouds didn’t obscure the stars,” he says.
To get the image, Strathmann set his camera on a tripod on the dock and used an intervalometer—a device that operates the camera’s shutter at set intervals—to take 13-second exposures every 14 seconds. He and his friend then paddled out on the lake to view the night sky. “The biggest challenge was remaining still enough so that motion blur didn’t ruin the image,” Strathmann notes. “It helps in these situations to have patient friends who support your passion and are willing to be your subjects.”
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The Village

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“This little lake is a part of my life,” writes Your Shot member Gabor Dvornik, who lives half a mile from its location on a natural reserve in Sződliget, Hungary. “I shoot here nearly every month, sometimes every week. It has a very special air in every season, but to have a nice, misty day is rare, as wind is always present due to the nearby Duna River.”

Seeing the fog during a last glance outside the night before, Dvornik slept only three hours to make it to the lake for a “dream” shoot. “It was utterly ghostly and very moody out there,” he writes. “I felt like I was in a fantasy tale, in an enchanted land. I was so euphoric that I made around 500 captures and walked around the lake two to three times.”

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