Being a fan of nature photography, getting out with my camera during the winter is often a bit of a challenge – not just because the weather can be less than helpful, but also trying to find subject matter that will create a good image.
Getting colour in winter photographs can be hard, but it doesn’t have to be with a bit of planning and a good eye.
Here are some of our favourite ideas:
Clothing: A toddler in a cute, multi-coloured hat stomping in puddles or the snow – or just ambling along a footpath makes a fantastic picture.
Holly and other berries: Red berries against bare branches can look stunning as can holly berries against dark green leaves. This was taken with my phone so it was harder to deal with the sunlight (at least it was sunny!)
Frost: If you can choose a macro setting and get in really close with your camera (or your phone) you can capture the detail of how the frost has formed. Although you might not class the white as a colour, it certainly affects how you see evergreen leaves or other colours in plants
Old and new growth: Whatever the weather does during the winter, there always seems to be a plant or flower that has hung on earlier than it should or opened before it’s time.
Sunrises and sunsets: The advantage of photographing sunrises and sunsets in winter is that you don’t have to get up so early or stay up so late to capture them! As with all weather related shots, you do need a huge element of luck but I think there is something every special about the winter light – especially when you can capture it behind bare tree branches.
Late winter afternoon at Whipsnade Zoo – clouds in all directions, vapour trails from aeroplanes, the sun going down in front of us, sinking behind the trees;
A very frosty sunrise in early February – it was about -3 and it baffled those around me why I would want to go out and photograph it – the orange glow in the sky was just stunning.
I’d really recommend getting out there with your camera in the winter – it’s not all grey and bleak – and there’s always that small matter of Christmas decorations to photograph if you need some sparkle!
How did you get on? Do come and share anything you have created with us over on our social channels won’t you? We are always hanging about on Facebook in particular, hoping to see your wonderful snaps.
If you do manage to capture one of those amazing shots, don’t forget to check out our photo gifts, and even our Square print offerings, so that you don’t loose the photo forever. If its worth taking, its worth keeping.
This is a guest post Jenny Smith, who has been taking photographs for as long as she can remember and now specialises in taking pictures of the natural world, especially animals. Her photo of a hippo was awarded ‘Highly Commended’ in the ZSL Photography Competition in 2014 and was displayed in installations at both London and Whipsnade Zoos. She was shortlisted again in 2015 and has been shortlisted in two categories in 2016. When not out with her camera, she runs her own business DigitalJen (www.digitaljen.co.uk) providing commercial, creative and digital business services for small businesses – which can include the odd product shoot now and again.