Monday, February 2, 2015

5 Sites with Great Tips for Winter Photography

As much as I like taking a camera outside to photograph the beauty of Mother Nature, it tends to be a warm weather pursuit. Not for me are the cold temperatures and challenges of winter photography.

Certainly, there are winter patterns and landscapes that have caught my attention enough to force me outside to grab a picture or two – the water from a dripping eave frozen in time on a branch, a glowing sunset over incandescent snow. But these are quick flashes in time.

Die-hard winter photography buffs know what it takes to get those pictures. Patience in summer is one thing, waiting when temperatures are sub-zero quite another.  Special equipment, special clothing are a must, while a strong tolerance for cold doesn't hurt either. The first two you can get easily,  the latter is something you have or you have not. 

I would fall under the have not side of this. Though I joke about only having a 2° comfort zone, I will tolerate the blaze of a summer sun, the muggy humidity of an August day. But being cold? That I hate. To my mind it's one of the most unpleasant conditions there is. Thus, when winter winds blow you will find me snuggled indoors under a cozy afghan, not wandering the backwoods and fields looking for a great photo op. 

However, I do appreciate the efforts and tenacity of those who will venture out in the ice and snow, slugging camera equipment and sitting patiently in frigid temperatures to get beautifully stunning pictures. Jack Frost and Old Man Winter might be a nasty pair, but they clearly have an artistic side.

If you're the hardy type, ready to tackle the elements and photograph the beauty of this often harsh season, here are some links to some helpful tips and advice:

Canadian Nature Photographer's The Joy of Winter Photography

Shooting Winter Landscapes With a Short Telephoto Lens

Amateur Photographer's Essential Photography Equipment for Winter

Winter Landscape Photography How to Compse and Expose

Winter Photography Tips Everyone Should Know
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