One of my favorite places to photograph when I moved to Staten Island over 20 years ago, I would now reacquaint myself with Clove Lake using my new D300. Unfortunately while my 18-50mm Sigma zoom lens I used to take this photo took fabulous quality macro shots, it's performance from medium distances out left MUCH to be desired. I had to edit the heck out of this shot to get it this sharp. Many other nice shots I took with it were just so soft it was a hopeless waste of time to edit. Finally I couldn't take it any more and purchased Nikon's 16-85mm f3.5-5.6, and have been deliriously happy ever since. (Though yes a bit poorer.) Once again as in the old days putting a non Nikon lens on my camera led to nothing but disappointment. I told myself I'd never do it again if I can get the same lens in a Nikon. Though I must say my Tokina 12-24mm F4 is AMAZING!!!! I reach for it now without even flinching. Too bad I didn't use it on this shot. Even though I would have had to crop it down significantly, I bet it still would have given me better results.
(As a later note I eventually traded in that Sigma 18-50mm f2.8 macro for Sigma's less ambitious 17-70mm 3.5-5.6 macro, and I must say it is one hell of a lens that I now use all the time with nothing but great results. Wish I had it for this one as by the time I did, the passing of time had destroyed the delicate quality that made this scene so special. As I've said many a time, you usually only get one shot at capturing a great photo).