South of Columbus, Ohio on State Route 33, one hour to Logan, Ohio. Take exit for 364 into Hocking Hills State Park. Before Old Man's Cave take 374. About a half mile past the Inn at Cedar Falls, on the left, will be Ilesboro Road.
Autumn color in Hocking Hills is difficult to predict, sometimes the second week of October, sometimes the third or even fourth. This autumn - 2010 - I knew it would be early due to the very dry summer. I was right when I discovered early color on October 11 and 12. The nature photographer has to know his or her subject, and for me I've studied the conditions in Hocking Hills for over 30 years. Time of day is a key factor as well. I've photographed scenes along this rural road for quite sometime, and I've learned that sunrise and early morning light are always the best. Nature photographers are encourage to visit and photograph Hocking Hills during the week if they can. Weekends in October and the trails are almost crowded hikers and "leaf peepers."
This scene was discovered along my favorite road in Hocking Hills for rolling, rural landscapes. This is along Ilesboro Road in Hocking Hills State Park. I photographed this scene using a 70-200mm, at 200mm. I wanted to frame and isolate the elements that I found to be most visually appealing. The fence situated on the slight hill provided just enough of an additional element to break the color and provide perspective. This was taken just after sunrise, when the angled light of October at that time of day is a bit for subtle on the subject, preventing overblown highlights. I did some softening of the colors in Nik Color Efex Pro, adding a bit more to the autumn glow of the red in the scene.