Ronald York took today's Photo Of The Day in Volcanos National Park on the Big Island of Hawaii. The photograph is a finalist in the 2012 OP The American Landscape contest. You can see the full gallery of outstanding finalist images here. York used his Sony A77 Camera with a Sony 70-200mm F2.8 lens and he shot from a helicopter at approximately 600 to 700-feet of elevation. He shot at high-speed and a high ISO to help get a sharp photo.
York describes the day, "My fiancee and I were on a two week Photo/Vacation tour of the Islands and hoped to photograph the Lava flowing into the ocean on the big Island. To our dismay approximately a week before or trip the lava quit flowing and it appeared that we would not get that shot. A couple of days after we arrived the lava restarted flowing but had not made it to the ocean so we decided to take a Helicopter ride (it was also my birthday present) to photograph it. We didn't get the anticipated picture but did return with some amazing images."
Take a look at the newly revamped Assignments and the Your Favorite Places sections of the website and you’ll see some cool new features. You can see all of the submissions and check out all of the other Assignment galleries here. I select a Photo Of The Day everyday. Images come from the OP Galleries like Your Favorite Places, Assignments and the contest galleries. You can see more of my Photo Of The Day selections on the OP Blog.