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Crater Lake National Park, Oregon

There is enough water in Crater Lake to give each man, woman and child on earth 700 gallons of the purest pH balanced water available to drink. (Shhh, don’t tell California!) It’s the deepest lake in the United States and the seventh deepest lake in the world and, believe it or not, most of these images are straight out of the camera — meaning no, I did not Photoshop that blue! The water is so pure, all but the shortest visible light rays (blues) are absorbed. Crater Lake is positively spectacular.

The dinner, drinks and company at the lodge wasn’t bad, either! 🙂

Guess which photo will make our Christmas card this year?


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  • christine - Scott, thank you!  that’s a great idea!


  • christine -  

    hey Neil!  you know, I’m a little miffed at Nikon and question their business sense.  why the D700 when they could have just as easily made the D300 full-frame?   I’m getting pretty tired of this horse-and-carrot game, I’ve hung in there with them for a lot of years but this makes me want to eBay the whole slew of it just on general principle.  but you got me to thinking, if I got the D700, my 16mm would no longer be what I’m seeing, and I’m having fun with it!  I eBayed my 28mm f/1.4 when prices started to get silly because (I rationalized) the $1500 profit was worth a few ISO stops that the newer bodies could afford.  I miss the lens, but don’t regret the decision.  so to answer your question, no, I’m in no hurry to jump on the D700.  it looks fun, but I don’t have my 28mm anymore and fall sports are right around the corner where my 70-200 is essentially a 300 (600 with a teleconverter?  whatever.  it’s way fun whatever it is to photograph my kids and their sports teams.)

    and when I threaten to eBay my Nikon gear, it’s not to run out and buy [completely counterintuitive] Canon.  I have no intentions of getting out of frying pan just to land in the flames.


  • scott anderson - LOVE the family shadow/lake image.  Print that one on a huge canvas and display prominently in your home!  Beautiful work.ReplyCancel

  • Neil Bartow Photography - Christine,Excellent images, apparently you had a great time w/ your new fisheye.I too use a D300 and you have me drooling ever so slightly for the 16. I also have a Kodak full-frame so It might be double the fun.You gonna spring for a D700?? Damn Nikon’s timing!!!—-NeilReplyCancel

  • christine - thank you!

    I don’t mind at ALL telling you the specs, I’m glad you asked!  I’m especially glad that you asked what kind of LENS I’m using and and not what kind of CAMERA I have; you’ve been well taught!!!!  🙂

    the image of my family in shadow along Crater Lake was shot at ISO 200, f/18 for 1/100s with my 16mm Nikkor fisheye 2.8 lens.  of course, since I’m shooting a D300, the 16mm is more like a 24mm.  I kept my 16mm on my camera for the whole week for two reasons: one, I didn’t want to use a zoom as we left Crater Lake and traveled through Hell’s Canyon (I’ve yet to post those photos) because it’s so dusty, I figured it might just be safer to keep a fixed lens on and not invite more dust by changing lenses every two minutes as I’ve been know to do; and two, I’ve never shot for a whole week with the 16mm and I wanted to give it a whirl.  I’ve always been a wide open telephoto girl, and the experiment was to stretch myself in the other direction.  I was originally given that assignment (to shoot for an entire day with a wide angle lens at f/22) by Dennis Darling, a University of Texas professor, and I revisit his assignment now and again because I feel I’ve never truly mastered it.  regardless of mastery, it was fun!

    of course, when it comes to people I love, I digress: the image of my son’s Lego scaling the side of my glass of shiraz was shot with the 16mm at ISO 400 f/3.2 at 1/30s.  old habits die hard.  🙂

    no, I don’t own a Sigma lens.  all my lenses are Nikon, 2.8 or faster, and on this particular trip, I hauled them all: my 16mm, 28-70mm, 70-200mm, 105mm and (oh, I do own a non-Nikon) a Lensbaby.

    the first two images are processed with Kevin Kubota’s “earth” setting in Lightroom. I’m pretty sure it’s K.K. — I have so many Lightroom presets, I can’t always keep track, but K.K. is from Bend, Oregon, so it stands to reason that he knows best how to represent blue sky and evergreens.


  • Paul - Smoking images…Nice work!ReplyCancel

  • Paul - Wow, all of those are gorgeous!
    Those first two duotones are really stunning.
    Do you mind me asking what lens you used to get the wide angle shots?
    They seemed to have good DOF for such a wide lens.
    You don’t happen to have the Sigma 30mm 1.4 do you?ReplyCancel

  • Angie - My vote for your Christmas card is the four shadows with the mysterious bunny ears above Alexis!!  I can’t imagine how that same bunny followed you from our shoot in Lakeview to Crater Lake – clever little guy!ReplyCancel

  • Max Surikov - Christine, love the images of Crater lake series. No photoshop? Wow, the images are so sharp and vivid.ReplyCancel