Aaron Meyers' photo from Volcanos National Park on The Big Island of Hawaii was submitted to the National Parks Assignment which has been held over until tomorrow 7/16. Photographing the lava flow can be dangerous because of the obvious problems of dealing with molten rock. Less obvious is the issue of noxious fumes which can overwhelm a person in a matter of a few seconds. Keeping a proper distance and heeding weather conditions and the warnings posted at the park is critical. Meyers kept his distance and used his 80-200 telephoto zoom on a Nikon D800 to get this photo. By shooting at a slow shutter speed, he created a nice effect on the crashing waves and the rising steam.
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.