Photo Of The Day By Theresa Ditson


"Center Stage" by Theresa Ditson

Today's Photo of the Day was shot on a Nikon D810 with a Nikkor 24-70mm by Theresa Ditson.

"The night I took this photo was unusually cool for a typical mid-summer night in Arizona," said Ditson. "Of course, it didn't help my temperature that I had already been saturated by the rains, having shot for several hours previously, and I just had to go up into the elevations of the mountains in Prescott to try to capture a different perspective on an incoming storm. The wind was blowing the clouds so fast that, at this height, it truly looked like fog rolling through at a fast-forward speed. Also, being in the mountains meant that the acoustics of the thunder were amplified into a surround-sound experience, almost like being in a quality theater. The lightning was darting left and right, and I kept moving my camera to try to best capture it. Finally, somehow, almost magically, it stopped playing coy and took center stage, illuminating as far as the bushes just in front of me and beyond with its powerful, natural light."

Photo of the Day is chosen from various OP galleries, including AssignmentsYour Favorite Places and the OP Contests. Assignments have weekly winners that are featured on the OP website homepage and several images from the Assignment Gallery are picked to be featured in The Best Of Assignments section in the print magazine. To get your photos in the running, all you have to do is submit them.




    Theresa, perhaps since you have an “in” with the editorial staff, you could convince them to have photo submitters always include the camera settings used in their photo. I don’t care about the camera, the tripod, the tripod head, the camera bag, etc. etc.. But, help us to get a feel what it took to get the shot.

    Thank You, Theresa

    Hi, Bruce! I don’t know if I have an “in” necessarily, but that is a good suggestion! I usually make a point of including it in the designated lines for that info when I submit photos to sites like this, but apologize that I must have neglected the technical specs on this one. For this shot, it was a single, non-composite image, taken at f/2.8, 27mm, 25 seconds, ISO 4000. I had to be patient for the Milky Way to line up as vertically as possible over the little mountain and between the pines. Thank you so much for your interest and for taking a look! I hope that helps! Happy shooting!

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