03.19.17: Road through woods

A road travels through a snowy forest in Blendon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio. 


Technical information

Feb. 19, 2016,
10:04 a.m.

40°4’27” N,
82°52'28" W
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Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Canon EF 16-35 f/2.8L  (21mm)


1/100th second


Whenever I wake up to a snowy winter morning I get the urge to grab my camera equipment and head to the woods in search of photos of snow-covered landscapes.

But then I remember how difficult it is to photograph snow-covered landscapes and how much I dislike winter in general

First, it’s cold. Setting up the camera on a tripod and using the camera’s controls in cold weather requires removing my gloves. That’s no fun in subfreezing temperatures.

Then there’s the snow. It makes walking hilly trails difficult and at times treacherous, especially when hauling a backpack full of camera gear.

So when I wake up to a snowy winter morning I often end up talking myself out of grabbing my camera equipment and heading to the woods.

But when I do go I’m seldom disappointed with the results, although this photo isn’t typical of my snow-covered winter landscapes.

I was spending the morning in Blendon Woods Metro Park east of Columbus, Ohio, photographing typical winter scenes: water flowing in creeks surround by snow, snow-covered trees on hillsides, etc. I reached a point where the trail crossed a recently plowed road and took a moment to knock the ice and snow from the treads on my hiking boots. As I looked to my right I noticed how the ribbon of black asphalt divided the snow-covered woods. The only color in the scene was the yellow stripe marking the center of the road.

I liked the flow of the scene, with the dip and rise of the road — and the stripe — providing a sense of motion in the center of an otherwise static scene. It almost looked like the road and woods were mirrored on each side the the yellow stripe. And I liked the mood created by the scene. It definitely looked like a cold, quiet (and maybe lonely) winter morning. So I sat down in the center of the cold road to get the camera close to the surface (after first looking over my shoulder to check for approaching vehicles) and grabbed a shot.

My hands (and my butt) got cold that morning and my legs were tired after trekking a few miles of snow-covered trails. But this photo — and a few others from the morning hike — made the trip worthwhile.

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.