National park photo ops: Crater Lake reflects impressive colors at sunrise. Here’s how to capture them

Crater Lake is actually a volcano within a volcano. Wizard Island is a smaller volcano that protrudes inside the collapsed volcano that has since filled with water and is one of the deepest lakes in North America.
(Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

From Discovery Point at Crater Lake National Park, the still waters surrounding Wizard Island reflect the faint colors of the sunrise painted on the clouds above. If you’re shooting sunrise, be sure to bring a tripod and cable release. When the storm systems are coming and going the colors can be impressive.

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In honor of this year’s National Park Service centennial, the Travel section is posting 100 park travel ideas and tips based on trips staff travel writer Christopher Reynolds has taken, along with photo-op advice from Times photographer Mark Boster. We’ll post one per day through Dec. 31..

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