Photo Of The Day By David Shield

Photo By Dave Shield

Photo By David Shield

Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Reaching For Light” by David Shield. Location: Chimney Beach, Lake Tahoe, Nevada.

“I remember during my early days of photographing landscapes how the main subject of a scene was the only thing I studied in the camera viewfinder,” says Shield. “Since that time, I have made myself look at what many photographers would consider to be the ‘big picture’ in an attempt to better understand how different elements relate to one another within a scene, and also in different lighting situations. I planned to take that thought process and use it for this particular scene. Photographing part of a downed tree at Chimney Beach from this angle, my vision for this shot was to create an image that presented a visual impression of scene elements interacting with each other, at a particular moment in time. To achieve this effect as closely as possible to the way I had envisioned it, I set the camera shutter speed to bulb, enabling me to shoot a few long exposures. For this final image, I blended a 150-second shot of the foreground with a separate 120-second image exposed for the sky.”

Gear: Nikon D610, AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G, B+W ND 110 filter, Gitzo tripod, Acratech ballhead

See more of David Shield’s work here.

Photo of the Day is chosen from various OP galleries, including Assignments, Your Favorite Places and the OP Contests. Assignments have weekly winners that are featured on the OP website homepage, Facebook and Twitter. To get your photos in the running, all you have to do is submit them.