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Photo of the Week: Nov. 16, 2012

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Travel down the  Yangtze River, 2,000 miles from its headwaters in Tibet, and you will still be almost 2,000 miles from its delta, near Shanghai. At that midway point, you'll find two very large and beautiful lakes: Dongting and Dongjiang, with the former being the larger by half.  Famous for its fogs and mists, ringed by craggy mountains, Dongjiang is the smaller lake, but she's much prettier than her big sister.

Here, on sparkling cold and clear water, fishermen use boats and nets that would be familiar to their counterparts hundreds of years ago. Located in southern Hunan Province, Dongjiang (meaning "south of the lake," the lake being Dongting) is a Chinese national park and a popular tourist destination.

Wilson Chong's "Dongjiang Lake (東江湖) 17, Hunan Province" is this week's Yahoo! Travel Photo of The Week. Mr. Chong tells us that the image was captured using a Leica M9 fitted with a 50mm lens. The 50mm, long considered the "normal" lens for a 35mm film camera, is de rigueur for an M9, the finest camera of its type in the world.

Wilson Chong's elegantly composed photograph has only three elements: the boat, with its red light and passengers, the reflection of the mountain in the lake, and the ring in foreground, but they are exquisitely balanced, and a flood of rich information flows from those three elements.

Alabama-based Michael Clemmer has been a photojournalist/travel photographer, landscape and golf course photographer for over four decades. Once a Senior Travel Photographer for Southern Living Magazine, he has also worked as an assignment photographer for the National Geographic Society and his photographs have been used in fine publications around the world. He currently specializes in golf landscape photography — visit his web site at michaelclemmer.com

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