For a lot of nature photographers keeping any influence of human intrusion out of the frame is a primary goal, but including a person in the frame can absolutely make a photograph. Kerrick James discusses this at length in this recent OP article and Galen Rowell did it often to create a sense of scale and connection between the viewer and the scene. In fact Rowell frequently used himself as the person because he was such an incredible athlete that many of his vantage points were out of reach of his traveling companions. In today’s Photo of The Day, Dustin Penman enlisted his son to be part of the photo to give it some scale. “This image was captured in the Desolation Wilderness high in the Sierra mountains of Northern California,” he writes. “[It was] totally lacking a sense of scale until I woke my son up at midnight and convinced him to climb and stand atop this rock. He’s a good sport.” Penman used a Nikon D7000, 10-24mm lens and a tripod and cable release.
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.