12.06.15: Gone fishin’

A fisherman wades in Big Darby Creek, Prairie Oaks Metro Park, West Jefferson, Ohio. 


Technical information

July 21, 2007,
8:29 a.m.

39°59’42” N,
83°15'13" W
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Canon EOS 20D

Canon EF 28-135 f/3.5-5.6


1/60th second


I seldom carry extra equipment when I’m on one of my wildlife photo hikes through the woods and fields. The 600 millimeter lens, camera and monopod I haul in search of bird photos weigh more than 20 pounds. That’s plenty of weight to carry on a hilly five- to six-mile hike.

But before I headed out for Prairie Oaks Metro Park on this July morning in 2007 I decided to add a short zoom lens to my kit, just in case I ran across something interesting that was too close to capture with the super-telephoto 600.

I’m glad I did.

I spotted this fisherman as I was walking the bridge across Big Darby Creek, liked how the scene looked and decided to grab a photo. I had the 600mm on the camera and turned it toward the scene, but all I could see through the camera’ viewfinder was the fisherman and part of his reflection. No surrounding trees and their reflections in the water. No sense of solitude that the entire scene created.

So I changed lenses, mounting the short zoom I had grabbed as an afterthought. This time when I looked through the viewfinder I saw a fisherman standing in isolation, dwarfed by large trees and reflections. That’s what I wanted, so I grabbed the shot.

I didn’t use the short zoom for anything else that day. For about five and a half miles it was just extra weight to carry. But I couldn’t have captured this scene without it.

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.