Shutterbug Photo of the Day: “Sierra Storm” by Laura Zirino

Our Shutterbug Photo of the Day by Laura Zirino is a dynamic black and white image of a dark mountain range looming in the distance.

“I'm one of those that has to stop the car on the drive home for yet more shots (one of the many reasons why I travel solo). Usually they don't turn out very well, but that doesn't stop me. As I drove down the 395 between Big Pine and Lone Pine the storm was clearing and a light shaft was beaming down onto the mountains. After watching it for 5 minutes and reminding myself that I was already late, I couldn't take it anymore. I just had to stop for the shot. I converted this to monochrome in Aperture and added a red filter, then did the rest of the adjustments in Lightroom. I also cropped it to focus on the light shaft,” writes Zirino.

The image was captured with a Canon 5D MkIII and a 24-105mm lens on a tripod. Settings: ISO 100, f/16, 1/320 sec.

See a larger version of the photo in the Shutterbug Photo of the Day gallery here.

If you want to enter Shutterbug Photo of the Day, post an image in the Shutterbug Photo of the Day Gallery and include your real name and some background on the image (how and where it was shot; the story behind the image; gear and settings used etc.) in the description field to qualify.

We will select one Shutterbug Photo of the Day image every month to run as a full-page feature in the magazine.