Winter photography is exciting Look for unique in the mundane


“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says “Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.”   Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

A  thin filigree of ice covers low-lying brush. An early morning coat of glazed hoar-frost provides perfect picture fodder for the ambitious photographer. You have to reposition yourself in many different angles to ensure the ambient light and any direct sunlight adds the magic and the panache you want your photography to emit.

This morning as I was walking home from the supermarket freezing in the cold I looked up as I paused at a pedestrian cross walk and noticed that a heavy layer of hoar-frost had transformed the dead bushes and snow crusted bramble into spectacular works of art.

I continued walking home slowly and kept observing how the  sunlight made the branches sparkle as if they were made of fine crystal. But this breath-taking observation only worked when I was standing in an angle that allowed the sun to do its highlighting task efficiently.

From another angle the magic and the beauty of the scene was absent. I had to step back a few paces, configure in my mind complementary shooting angles for the photos and then run home and get my camera to capture this momentary event.

You don’t really have to overly concern yourself that much with the more technical aspects of capturing  the scene as your camera will often time do this for you. .

It is more important to take the time and experience the magic of the moment taking a number of shots from different angles and then  with your digital camera preview screen evaluate your photos on the spot.If you like what you see take a few more in case you missed an important aspect of the scene.

There is digital editing software you can use that will help you technically enhance the captured aspects of your art work. But compose your photo through your camera’s viewfinder first and strive to capture the moment as you click the shutter.

The dead of winter does not mean that the outdoor world is devoid of life and animation. In this frozen realm the mundane becomes the spectacular only if you are looking beyond the frosty coverings of the season.


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6 Comments on Winter photography is exciting Look for unique in the mundane

  1. I love that about winter too! Lovely photo! 😄

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  2. Very nice photo of ice over those bare trees, Gerry. I’ve never seen snow in my life (always lived in tropical, warm climates) and am not a fan of the cold, but from what I see, winter is beautiful in its own ways. I too like taking a scene from different angles. You never know what you may see and discover if you just move a little the other way. Getting different shots also mean it will probably give a bit of variety to your photo gallery when you look back at your shots 🙂

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    • Thank you Mabel. The way the winter snow covers the landscape is breath taking and unique. Changing your angle in the view finder always is a creative idea. It used to be called bracketing when film and not digital cameras were the forte. Now the camera preview screen is an integral part of the process. Enjoy the day.

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  3. “The dead of winter does not mean that the outdoor world is devoid of life ” So very true!

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