06.02.19: From shade to sun

The trail to Slate Run Living Historical Farm goes from shade to sun, Slate Run Metro Park, Canal Winchester, Ohio.


Technical information

Oct. 23, 2016,
11:32 a.m.

39°45'13.999" N 82°50'50.999" W
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Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 (22mm)


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It’s not unusual for me to hike for miles on one of my photo treks without getting a photograph that I like.

Then there’s this photo, taken only a few steps from a parking lot.

My wife and I were taking an early morning, early fall hike through hilly Slate Run Metro Park south of Columbus, Ohio. I had grabbed a few landscape photos during the walk, but nothing beyond routine forest shots.

When we finished the hike we decided to visit the adjacent Slate Run Living Historical Farm. I had heard about the farm, which operates as if it had been lifted from the 1880s with staff and volunteers tending livestock and going about their daily chores in period clothing using period goods, tools and machinery. But I had never visited it.

We made the short drive to the farm, parked and walked to the entrance trail. This scene awaited.

I liked how the trail moved from dark to light, how the leaves transitioned from summer green to autumn yellow and how the fence line and curve drew the viewer’s eye into the scene. So I grabbed a shot before we continued to the farm.

The visit to the farm was fun. We watched the staff do their chores in and around the farmhouse that was built in the 1950s, tending to pigs, geese, turkeys, horses and other animals. And I got some nice photos.

But my favorite was this one, taken just a few steps from the car.

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.