Photo Of The Day by Mike Sherman

Forest Of Ferns by Mike Sherman

Forest Of Ferns by Mike Sherman

Today’s Photo Of The Day comes from Mike Sherman who submitted this image to the Fall Color Assignment. The photo was taken on a rainy autumn day near Flagstaff, Arizona. Days like this can be ideal for fall color photography as  Sherman describes, “Rainy and overcast days are perhaps my favorite for fall foliage as the colors become more saturated and natural due to the lack of direct sunlight. I still prefer to use the daylight white balance setting and simply adjust the white balance temperature settings manually as opposed to using the cloudy or shade white balance settings. Keep in mind that it’s still a matter of personal preference. On this particular day it was raining steadily so I kept my handy and very large clear plastic bag over the camera and tripod which allows me to do any adjusting while holding the golf umbrella over me and my bag and other gear. I avoided any unwanted sky and kept what mattered most to me in the frame. And with an average of half a second required per shot, I made multiple captures and then later chose the best of the group which did not capture any rain drops in front of the lens. All in all, it was a beautiful day to be shooting ferns turning their colors in adverse conditions.”

He used a Nikon D800 and a Tamron 24-70mm f/ 2.8 lens.

I’ve extended the Fall Color Assignment to run through the end of October 2013 so you can submit new photos as the leaves change.

I select a Photo Of The Day every day. I choose the images from the various OP galleries including AssignmentsYour 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.