Sunrise Over Crater Lake (Photo of the week)

The sun peaks over the crater\'s rim, casting Crater Lake in the warm glow of sunrise, Crater Lake National Park, Oregon
The sun peaks over the crater's rim, casting Crater Lake in the warm glow of sunrise, Crater Lake National Park, Oregon

On a recent trip to Crater Lake, I lucked out with a morning that wasn’t completely overcast. After shooting sunset the night before, I found myself back at the rim of the crater at 5:15 the next morning, trying to stay warm in sub-freezing temperatures. As soon as the sun’s glow started appearing over the far rim, I knew it would all be worth it.

Although I took many photos that morning, I think the one above is my favorite. The star burst effect on the sun is caused by using a small aperture (f/16 in this case). Below are a few more from that morning.

Light from the rising sun turns a blue sky orange and silhouettes the distant rim, Crater Lake National Park, Oregon
Light from the rising sun turns a blue sky orange and silhouettes the distant rim, Crater Lake National Park, Oregon
The light of sunrise casts the overlook and the surrounding rim of Crater Lake in a warm glow, Crater Lake National Park, Oregon
The light of sunrise casts the overlook and the surrounding rim of Crater Lake in a warm glow, Crater Lake National Park, Oregon