11.27.16: Colorful video

An unknown videographer captures video of fall leaves in Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio. 


Technical information

Oct. 18, 2009,
11:57 a.m.

40°6’50” N,
82°57'30" W
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Canon EOS 7D

Canon EF 600mm f/4L, Canon 1.4x teleconverter (840mm)   


1/800th second


It feels rather odd to be posting a photo of someone else capturing images of autumn leaves as my photo of the week, but I like the photo and the story that goes with it.

I was hiking through Sharon Woods Metro Park north of Columbus, Ohio, on a nice October morning in 2009, hoping to get some photos of birds migrating south for the winter. I wasn’t seeing much — just some sparrows, late-season goldfinches and a few other birds that are common in this area. 

Whenever I was in an area with little bird activity and feeling bored I’d grab some shots of colorful leaves in the distance. I was shooting with the super telephoto lens I use for my wildlife photographs so any fall leaves had to be quite a distance away for me to get anything I could use. Photographing with that lens is like looking through a telescope.

I was wrapping up my morning photo hike when I stopped to get a shot of a Field Sparrow that was jumping between some nearby plants. Out of the corner of my eye I caught a flash a blue against the fall colors in the distance. When I looked over I saw a videographer in a blue jacket standing in a colorful fall field probably about 60 or 70 yards away. He was focused on the bright leaves hanging on a sugar maple.

A shot of the videographer hard at work while surrounded by color would be interesting, especially to him, so I took a quick photo. The plan was to catch up with him, provide my email address and tell him to contact me so I could send him the photo file. No charge. Just being nice.

I turned around to check on the Field Sparrow, but it flew away. When I turned back toward the sugar maple the videographer was gone. He had vanished in a matter of seconds. I spent some time on the trails trying to find him but he was nowhere around. I drove through the park a couple of times before heading home but never saw him again. I even showed the photo to some videographers I worked with, hoping they would recognize the guy. They liked the photo but didn’t know the videographer.

So somewhere in Central Ohio there’s a videographer with very expensive Sony equipment who doesn’t know he’s the subject of a very nice fall photo in my collection and the subject of my photo of the week this week. 

Maybe someone out there will recognize him. If so, have him contact me.

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.