Photo of the Day Contest
Castle Lake by Steven Davis
Thursday, 2nd July 2009

Castle Lake

by Steven Davis

This was one of the hardest 1.5 mile hikes I've ever made. You start from the lake down there and hike up this steep, crumbly mountain until you get to this ridge. I damn near killed myself stepping on unstable rocks over and over. I loved the view here and set up for sunset. It took me about an hour to find a spot and composition I really liked. I really liked this shot more than later ones I took from the same spot, because the sun is falling across those trees in the front and adds a lot the depth of the image by having a nice middleground subject. Later, those trees were dark and it didn't seem as strong of an image. Thanks to Stephen Oachs and Brian Rueb for the workshop where I took this. Castle Lake, near Shasta, CA
Equipment: Canon Rebel XS, a Tamron 17-50 f/2.8, & a B+W CPOLcastle lake
Steven Davis
Steven Davis is a photographer specializing in landscape and occasional wildlife photography. He hasn't been able to put down his DSLR since he got it back in December 2008 ;)

Castle Lake by Steven Davis was photo of the day on Thursday, 2nd July 2009. It is tagged , . You can leave a comment below.



2nd July 2009 at 1:35 am

Wow! This is gorgeous. I am so glad you hiked it (instead of me) to get the shot! Congratuations.
Do you have prints available?

2nd July 2009 at 1:40 am

DUDE!!! You so owe me (LOL)

What more can I say that I already haven’t, but I’ll repeat it anyway — this is a really great shot. The clarify through and through is superb and the composition is very strong.

This is a money shot — mark my words, this photograph will bring you big reward.

Travis Sween

2nd July 2009 at 2:00 am

Love the colors in this sky and you captured the mountain perfectly.. congrats Steve !


2nd July 2009 at 2:10 am

Congratulation, Good job!!!!!!!!!!

Leslie Parsley

2nd July 2009 at 3:51 am

Oh my God. So clear – wonderful light in the foreground. Absolutely stunning. Keep it up.


2nd July 2009 at 4:25 am

GO STEVE! Nice shot man!


2nd July 2009 at 5:16 am

Excellent! Excellent! Stay the course.


2nd July 2009 at 7:14 am

Love the way those trees are highlighted, looks a great place. Congrats on POTD

2nd July 2009 at 8:41 am

It’s a great combination, I like this, everything is clear and fine…. congratulation…

Adrian Lim

2nd July 2009 at 9:23 am

Love this picture. Thanks for all the hard work bring it to us.

2nd July 2009 at 10:30 am

Wonderful colors!

2nd July 2009 at 10:35 am

nice picture in all aspects. clarity, color, shades, composition.

wanda krack

2nd July 2009 at 10:39 am

There are so many elements in this picture that the eyes could return to it many times. It just needs a big wall and a large print! Well-done.

2nd July 2009 at 10:45 am

Thanks for all the kind words everyone. I just started into photography back in December, but with the help of people online, and attending 2 workshops by the renowned Stephen Oachs, I have learned a lot in that short time.

If you like my work, please add me as a contact on flickr, follow my fan page on facebook, or follow me on twitter.

All are linked on my website, THANKS!

2nd July 2009 at 11:35 am

Excellent view captured. Marvellous.

Ann Webster

2nd July 2009 at 1:59 pm

Heavenly Pictorial.

2nd July 2009 at 2:09 pm

I wish I could be able to enjoy more by seeing in full screen on my computer monitor.

2nd July 2009 at 2:37 pm

I think that photography is just more than artistic/ comp/knowledge/equipment—it’s perseverance to make it to your goal, find the composition, competing for time and light…..

Awesome photograph!


2nd July 2009 at 2:43 pm

Wonderful landscape, I like it very much. The reflexes and colors are incredible!!! Congrats for you.

2nd July 2009 at 3:21 pm

I’m laughing over Stephen Oachs reply. Reminds me of a time I joined a respected local photogrpaher. I saw the shot. We both took it. He printed it and made the money.

2nd July 2009 at 3:43 pm

Steve- Great shot. 1st Class. Thanks.

2nd July 2009 at 4:05 pm

@Kirk, the funny thing is, I was so busy working with the students that I didn’t shoot a single frame!

2nd July 2009 at 5:25 pm


2nd July 2009 at 9:46 pm

Yeah, gotta give major props to Stephen Oachs. His workshops are hard to beat. This was my 2nd one, and I hope to go to many more ;)

2nd July 2009 at 10:28 pm

Congrats, Steve! Great shot!

planet lover

3rd July 2009 at 1:35 am

This picture is so rich in elements and color, each quadrant is full of clear details! I find it inspiring and well worth the climb on unstable terrain. Congratulations!

3rd July 2009 at 2:27 am

The white rocks & golden trees in the foreground are just the invitation to those beautiful shades of blue in the background; it’s quite stunning !

3rd July 2009 at 3:07 am

Very Nice, I had a walk like that yesterday. Very rewarding. Good on ya.

Katherine Lee Strassburg

3rd July 2009 at 3:36 pm

Mt. Shasta is a beautiful lady, isn’t she? The focus and depth of field combined with the lighting make the viewer feel as if she is standing beside you. Thanks for taking me back to a place I love!

Chris B

4th July 2009 at 10:20 am

lovely contrast, good choice

Shon P

5th July 2009 at 3:49 am


Wow!! I am telling you, you need to sell your photo’s. I love this shot, and it was so cool for an old lady I almost was able to keep up with you on that hike!! LOL


6th July 2009 at 8:24 pm

OH! I love it! It’s so beautiful. A lovely sene

7th July 2009 at 4:41 pm

Lovely shot; you went to a lot of trouble to get it.

1st October 2009 at 4:25 pm

I love the scenery.

kumara swamy

29th March 2010 at 8:22 am

simply excellent, extraordinary, all pictures are……


2nd July 2010 at 7:13 am

So still and peaceful, you have certainly captured the mood.


2nd July 2010 at 5:25 pm

Simply stunning!! Great shot!


2nd July 2010 at 5:26 pm

I also love how still the water is, simply wonderful colors too!!

David C

15th July 2010 at 8:58 pm

Wow!! I took the same shot a couple of days ago, except in the afternoon. I should have waited til sunset! Amazing shot, truly superior work!

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