03.03.19: Autumn walk

Walking through the woods on an autumn morning, Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio.


Technical information

Oct. 18, 2009,
10:40 a.m.

40°7'9.072" N 82°57'34.026" W
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Canon EOS 7D

Canon EF 16-35 f/2.8L  (19mm)


1/125th second


On most days when I’m on one of my photo hikes through a local park I’m carrying one camera with one lens. Often that lens is my Canon 600 milimeter, the long and very heavy telephoto lens I use for wildlife photography.

But on autumn days I sometimes carry a second lens — usually a short zoom —  just in case I run into a fall scene that might be interesting.

As I headed out the door on this mid-October morning in 2009 I noticed that the maple trees in our back yard were starting to show some color a bit earlier than usual. So I grabbed an extra lens in case I found some patches of color in the woods of a local park.

But I wasn’t expecting this.

As I walked along the trail beneath trees filled with green leaves I hit an area where all the trees had already turned yellow. The morning sun was backlighting the scene, creating a warm yellow canopy above the trail.

So I removed the long telephoto lens from the camera, replaced it with a shorter, wider lens and grabbed some shots.

I liked the mood the scene conveyed when I looked through the camera’s viewfinder. The yellow leaves and tall, thin trees towering over an empty trail created a sense of solitude.

Then I put the telephoto lens back on the camera and continued my pursuit of wildlife photographs.

Each week I will post a photo from my collection with an explanation of how I got the shot. Previous photos of the week are in the archives.