Day 3 was mostly spent at Crater Lake. I like to relax on vacation by demanding that we wake up in time for sunrise and go to take pictures. In light of this, we got up early to head to Watchman overlook with our coffee, but finding clouds there, backtracked to Discover Point and arrived just moments after the sun peeked out. Unfortunately, or fortunately if you like the look of it, there was a cloud in the direct path of the sun coming up. Either way, we were only there for one morning, so I took a bunch of pictures and then we headed back to the campground to pack up and move out.
Crater Lake from the top of Mt. Scott – which I suspect is the highest viewpoint in the area. The watch tower / ranger outpost is one of several in the area.
Picture taken with Sony a6000, SEL18200 lens @ 18mm, 1/400 sec, f/8, ISO 100
Day 2 was our started by completing the drive to Crater Lake. Like a lot of the National Parks, the area you want to get to ends up being rather remote and it was about a 45 minute drive from the nearest town into the closest visitor center. With that in mind, I should have stopped for gas at that nearest town… Fortunately, the park is pretty well developed and has a small general store with fuel near Mazama Village where the campsite was (3).
On the shore of one of the most beautiful lakes in the country and possibly the world and this little guy skittered out so we had to stop our descent down to Crater Lake so I could take pictures of a lizard.
Picture taken with Sony a6000, SEL 18-200mm lens @ 20mm, 1/320 sec, f/10, ISO 200
Crater Lake Sunrise with HDR. Yes, we got up early for this shot which, unless you know the camera is pointed East, is indistinguishable from a Sunset. Sunrises and sunsets are always kind of a crap-shoot because you have no control over them yet the entire activity is just showing up to observe what happens. Compare this to hiking to a waterfall in which case the activity is mostly the hike and the main even is relatively predictable.
But… we did premake coffee the night before to ease the sadness of having to get up so early while on vacation.
Picture taken with Sony a6000, SEL 18-200mm lens @ 18mm, 1/80, 1/20, 1/5 sec, f/16, ISO 100
The “Phantom Ship” in Crater Lake… an unnatural combination of three separate photos with some generous tone mapping thrown in for good measure. Taken as sunset was approaching from the other side of Crater Lake (Wizard Island is just behind the right tree).
Picture taken with Sony a6000, SEL 18-200mm lens @ 22mm, 1/80, 1/40, 1/20 sec, f/18, ISO 100
Sunset Sunday! Sunset over Crater Lake last week, not the greatest as sunsets go, but there were a few moments where the clouds looked cool, and the setting was pretty awesome. I think this one would look better with a bit of adjustment, but I don’t have that accessible at the moment.
Picture taken with Sony a6000, SEL 18-200mm lens @ 85mm, 1/125 sec, f/8, ISO 100
Crater Lake featuring Wizard Island. My main PC is down right now, so this one has no adjustments beyond that made by the camera – the water really is that blue (it’s incredibly deep and cold).
Picture taken with Canon 60D, EF-S 10-22mm lens @ 22mm, 1/1600 sec, f/4.5, ISO 100