On a bright, high-key day this scene is would be washed out, but when the sky is overcast, you can make a photo like this. Dan Holmes submitted today’s Photo Of The Day to the Cloudy Days Assignment which is still open through midnight tonight. Holmes took this photo in the volcanic tablelands near Bishop, California. He describes how he took it, “Early winter stormy skies gave us soft diffused light for most of the day – letting us explore and shoot when the cameras would normally be in the bag. Yellows and oranges seem to really pop and glow under overcast skies. I wanted a long depth of field and slow shutter speed to give some motion to the clouds. 1/5th sec, f/20, ISO 50, 17mm on a 16-35mm zoom, with a Hoya polarizer and Singh-Ray 2 stop hard Graduated ND filter.” He used a Gear: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon EF16-35mm f2.8L lens, Induro tripod, Manfrotto ballhead and a Singh-Ray Grad ND filter.
I select a Photo Of The Day every day. I choose the images from the various OP galleries including Assignments, Your Favorite Places and all of the OP Contests. Also, for each issue of the magazine I go through the Assignments galleries and choose a few to be featured in The Best Of Assignments in print and I select a weekly winner to be featured on the OP home page. To get your photos into the running all you have to do is submit them.