Setting up his camera in C & O National Historical Park near Georgetown in Washington DC, Paul Phillips captured this decisive moment. The photograph was submitted to the Wildlife In Motion Assignment which is open through June 25th.
Phillips describes the scene, “This picture may look static but was everything but static. I had to set my camera to a shallow depth of field, given the low light, and my servo to Al servo with High Speed Continuous to get fast shoots off. From start to finish the fish was gone in a second or two. This is a picture taken along the Potomac river in Washington, DC. This was taken in the early morning as the sun was just rising. I made my way out on the slippery rocky river bank in the pitch dark.It had become my routine during a several week fish run in early spring. The water in this area is highly dangerous and has taken many lives. . When I got to my position I draped camouflage material over me and waited in my usual contortions trying to get the best composition. I used a prime lens to get the maximum detail I could get.” Phillips used a Canon EOS 7D and a Canon EF100mm f2.8L II IS lens.
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