[/caption] Crater Lake National Park offers some of the most amazing photography opportunities. This photo pretty much says it all! Mt. Thielsen is in the background, along with some amazing clouds hovering high above the park. The lake is where blue got its name and the rim on the other side stands out like a monolith like no other. There are hundreds of old trees like the one shown here that creates a fantastic scene, with the rocks in the foreground also creating an awesome personality. Because I was standing fairly close to the edge of the rim, I made sure to open the lens to 17mm in order to avoid any camera blur. I also attached my CIR-PL and warming filter in order to saturate the water. I wasn’t using a tripod so I made sure to set the camera lens at IS so I wouldn’t have too much camera shake or blur. This photo goes from 10 feet, in the foreground to over 3 miles in the distance. It’s pretty difficult to ensure that the entire scene won’t have any blur but the best way is to set the camera mode at Program and set the AF point to Automatic Selection. This will allow the camera to auto focus on each subject that you have included in the shot. You may have to move around the camera until the automatic selection captures everything but it’s well worth the effort.
[/caption] Mt. Rainier offers so many photo opportunities that sometimes you can get a great photo without even having the summit of Mt. Rainier in the scene. This photo shows the summit of 12,660 foot Gibraltar Rock with Cowlitz Cleaver just below. If you look closely you can see two adjacent waterfalls in the middle of the photo just below the snow covered area of Cowlitz Cleaver. Mt. Rainer is just to the left and you can see parts of Nisqually Glacier hovering in the distance. There are probably dozens of waterfalls in this photo but you really have to look hard. That’s the most amazing aspect of Mt. Rainer! It’s so massive that you can stare at the glaciers, crags, summits, waterfalls, creeks, wildflowers, trees, forests, cliffs and lava rocks four hours. I took this photo near The Bench, which is a great place to view the mountain. It’s on the south side of the park and is right off the main road. I was using my Sigma 17-70mm lens and had the focal length at 70mm. I attached my CIR-PL and warming filter and made sure to use my tripod, remote switch and bubble level to get the best photo without having any blur. I had the camera in Program/Normal mode so the aperture was at F-5.7 and the shutter speed at 1/166 second due to the fact that I had the ISO at 100 and the white balance at -0.3. It was about 5:40pm on a mid August day and the sun was at a 90 degree angle so the exposure was almost perfect since there are just enough shadows to create a great scene.