05.05.19: Stream in the woods

A stream flows through a valley in the woods
in Highbanks Metro Park, Lewis Center, Ohio.


Technical information

Nov. 25, 2015,
9:17 a.m.

40°8'54" N 83°1'52.001" W
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Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L (32mm)


1/125th second


When I head to a local park for a photo hike I’m almost always carrying the long, heavy 600 millimeter telephoto lens I use for bird photography.

The 600 millimeter is excellent for getting photos of small or distant birds or, at times, close-up views of flowers 20 feet away, but it isn’t what I would carry for other types of photography.

That’s why I’ll leave the 600 at home on some fall or winter trips and carry other lenses when my goal is to add to my collection of landscape photos.

This photo of a fall scene is the result of one of those trips.

I was hiking through a park north of Columbus, Ohio, on a sunny late-November morning when I found a small stream flowing through a carpet of fallen leaves. I followed the stream for about a quarter of a mile until I found a scene that caught my eye, then went to work.

The morning sun was behind a forest of trees, casting long shadows on the orange leaves that covered the forest floor and creating a nice reflection in the stream’s water. 

I decided that the scene would work best as a vertical photo to show the height of the trees and accentuate the long shadows. I positioned the camera so the sun was just above the top of the frame to help eliminate lens flare, a common occurrence when taking photos facing the sun. 

I liked what I saw when I looked through the camera’s viewfinder. The scene had a welcoming feel, for lack of a better description. It was serene and isolated, warm and inviting. I knew immediately that I had my best shot of the morning.

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.