Rich Sears  


Fog at Crater Lake Rim by Rich Sears

November 2021 - Fog at Crater Lake Rim

About the Image(s)

This image was taken at Crater Lake in Oregon the last week of June 2015. I was not especially familiar with the climate at higher elevations, so was blown away when told their snow base was still approximately 20’. The resulting dense early morning fog set me scurrying to find any foreground subject with interest. I settled on these two tree trunks hit by lightning at some point. Crater Lake was in the background.

In processing, to create some separation I slightly increased the saturation on the trunks and the pine tree, then protected the highlights. Nikon D5100, Nikkor 70 “ 200 f2.8, 1/350, f 4.8, ISA 100.


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8 comments posted




Hoshedar Cooper   Hoshedar Cooper
I like the contrast of the tree trunks against the white background. With a smaller aperture you may have got more of the background as the tree trunk and green foliage now dominate the image. Overall, a pleasing image.   Posted: 11/13/2021 01:08:21



Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
This is a really great image with the tree trunks and green trees and the snow capped mountains fading into the fog. The f stop is perfect to have the mountain bases not quite sharp so that they do not distract from the foreground. I would not change a thing.   Posted: 11/13/2021 17:11:38
Rich Sears   Rich Sears
Thank you Tom for your thoughts. This is one of my early digital images. How interesting since the beginning I have worked at creating some degree of separation of the subject.   Posted: 11/14/2021 10:14:58



Tony Tam   Tony Tam
I have been at Crater Lake in Oregon in 2005. It's beautiful lake and there very snowing. You found a really interesting subject of two tree trunks hit by lightning for your photo foreground. you increase the color saturation of the trunks, made them standout from the snow scene.   Posted: 11/16/2021 13:58:19



Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
(Groups 83 & 87)
Good evening, Rich! This scene is well visualized and captured! A lot of people may have walked by and gave these dead and forgotten trees no respect; instead, a perfect contrast of color in this most engaging Winter landscape.

Would love to see this as a BW. : )

Lance A. Lewin
PSA Black & White Photography Mentor
PSA South Atlantic Area Membership Director
Admin for DD-83-Mono and DD-87-General   Posted: 11/23/2021 16:45:41
Rich Sears   Rich Sears
Hi Lance and thank you for your positive feedback. After transitioning my photography body of work in a few days yo a new computer, I will indeed apply what I know about & w conversions, and send the image to you.   Posted: 11/24/2021 08:52:39



Paul McLaughlin   Paul McLaughlin
I really enjoyed this picture. The scene was captured perfectly and the tree trunks are exquisite. I cannot recall another image where tree trunks were so dramatic. Perhaps it is the apparent violent destruction of the trees by some force of nature offset by the beauty of the the background.   Posted: 11/24/2021 17:52:50



Barbara Mallon   Barbara Mallon
You did it! I think it would be even better if the depth of field were greater. You would probably need a tripod. The foreground seems soft and a bit deeper it is sharp. It looks more like a painting than a photo. I like it!
  Posted: 11/25/2021 19:52:38