Photographing lakes is one of the easiest ways to get perfect (or close to perfect) reflections. There are no high waves (at least most of the time) as in seas and also water is more static compared to rivers for instance. So it’s possible to capture water surface that looks like a mirror. It looked like one in the photo above. There are small ripples in the bottom right corner but other than that the lake surface is very very calm and static.
If you’re interested in Photomatix presets I used for this photo head over to this post where you will find them for download.
Camera: Canon 50D
Lens: Canon 10-22 f/3.5-4.5 USM
Focal length: 10 mm
Exposure time: 1/13 s (“middle” exposure)
Number of exposures: 7
E.V. Step: 1.5
Flash used: no
Technique: HDR, tone-mapping
Software: Magic Lantern 2.3, Photomatix Pro 4.2.7 (Details Enhancer), Lightroom 5.0, Photoshop CC