Scott Rubey made this photograph of Crater Lake after considerable research. He writes, "I had previsualized this shot several years ago, but I knew that finding a location that would convey the vastness of Crater Lake while simultaneously providing that perfect snow-covered foreground would be a challenge. After consulting maps, Sun and Moon tables, along with countless other photos, I had a rough idea of where the best winter images of the lake could be captured. From there, all I had to do was wait for ideal weather conditions. A period of high pressure on the heels of a strong winter storm provided exactly the conditions I was after. Following a seven-hour drive from Portland, I strapped on my snowshoes and hiked for several miles until arriving at the general location I knew would provide the best photographic opportunities. Once there, I scouted the rim for several hours until I found a location that provided the perfect combination of lake view, foreground and safety (stepping any closer to the edge would have provided a quick 1,000-foot drop to the lakeshore)." According to the Park Service, there was only one other back-country traveler in the entire park that night.
Rubey used a Nikon D800, Nikon 16-35mm f/4G ED VR II AF-S IF SWM lens, Gitzo Tripod, Singh Ray split ND filter. The photo was sent to the Snow & Ice Assignment which is open until February 18th at midnight.
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