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|Category:||Landscape and Travel|
Photographing Mountains In Winter - Enjoy the fresh, crisp air that winter has to offer and head out to shoot some mountainscapes.
- Wide lens
- Longer lens (to pull distant detail closer)
- Polarising filter – cut down glare and reflections
- ND Grad filter – balance out the contrast between the sky and ground
- A tripod or monopod is a must. You'll need it to support the weight of longer lenses and it's a useful tool for shooting panoramas. Take a look at Vanguard's award-winning Alta Pro 263AT tripod. It's light-weight but still strong enough to keep your gear safe and still.
What's good about winter?The cool, clean air of winter is good for capturing mountainscapes as everything seems much more clear with distant subjects appearing crisp.
Safety firstSnow, ice and cold plus a mountain equals conditions you have to be extremely careful in. Make sure you dress correctly, have a route planned, carry the right equipment (map, compass, phone etc.) and tell someone where you're going.
At the top with a wide lensSweeping shots from the tops, especially with snow and a crisp, blue sky look great but if you go too wide with your lens choice the sense of grandeur can be lost so be careful and check your frame before hitting the shutter button.
For shots that give the mountain(s) more depth compose your shoots from a spot where you can make the most of their size from. Don't forget that foreground interest such as the mountain's ridge help give your image scale and can be used to lead the eye through the shot.
For shots with foreground and background interest where front to back sharpness is needed you'll need to use smaller apertures which can mean longer exposure times are needed so make sure you have your tripod or monopod with you.
PanoramasDon't forget about panoramas as they work particularly well for shots of mountain ranges. It won't give you shots that really show off the mountain's height but it will emphasis how far the landscape stretches out in to the distance for. For tips on panoramas, have a look at our previous articles.
Off the mountainShots off the mountain are what really show how tall these natural structures are. You can use a wide lens but you have to be closer than you think to the mountain(s) to create any sense of height and more often than not, whatever is in the background tends to lose impact with the foreground taking centre stage. It's much easier to use a longer telephoto that pulls the distant mountain to you, filling the frame and as a result, giving the shot more impact.
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