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What To Photograph During December

Looking for a photography project over the Christmas holidays? Here are some suggestions on what you can photograph in December and where to go to shoot it.

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Over the last month, the weather has been getting noticeably colder, the nights and early mornings have been drawing in and will continue to do so almost until Christmas. Any heat that is in the sun, when we get any, will have little effect on the countryside and frost hollows will stay, often, throughout the day. Shadows will stay long throughout the daylight hours and in many places, the fog will refuse to lift. This is, undoubtedly, Jack Frost's month!

Some may think we're painting a picture of gloom but December can be an excellent time for outdoor and wildlife photography. Plus, there's ample opportunity to capture images of friends, family members, mince pies and all of the festivities still to come our way. 

With this in mind, here's a rundown of some of the subjects you can capture with your camera and lens this December. 


Animals & Birds

The wildlife in our countryside will be feeling the effects of the winter in much the same ways as we do, and for similar reasons. The winter will take its toll on them and the severity of that toll will be quantifiable by the severity of the weather. Frosts make the ground hard, making food for some more difficult to get at. This is a time when the early bird has a harder time getting the worm and has to wait for the ground to soften a little!

Imagine also, having to eat food straight out of the freezer without the aid of a microwave! Even herbivorous mammals will be having a crunchy time of things. The advantage to the photographer is two-fold. Firstly, it is easier to see signs of the activities of these creatures and secondly, they will be more willing to be slightly more adventurous in their search for sustenance. 

It's also important that manmade feeding stations, once set up, should be maintained throughout the colder months. Over the next three months or so, it is vital that any stations set up are kept supplied.

Additionally, if you live in a location that you can visit a suitable area on a regular basis, say two or three times a week, then any non-processed scraps can be left out. This will be rewarded by mammals visiting the area you leave the scraps (put out in the early morning so they don't freeze too) and you can photograph them from your downwind hidden position.



Landscape and Habitat

Deciduous baldness is the order of the winter. But the starkness is a subject in its-self and should be exploited to the full. We saw last month how the shadows and low-level light can make such a huge difference in a short time and December has even more variations. Don't waste them because after the holidays the evenings will start drawing out once again.

Contrasts are also a tool that can be used to your advantage with coniferous trees and shrubs mixed in with the deciduous varieties holding snow off the ground and keeping the woodland floor clear of snow that can be feet deep a few meters into the clearings and fields. Mist and fog can add atmosphere to a scene that would be extremely difficult to replicate accurately in Photoshop!

Despite the cold, make the effort to get out in the countryside this month, wrap up warmly and pack a spare set of batteries, preferably in an inside pocket, and look for the patterns in nature as well as the spectacular colours of the mornings and evenings.


Dismal Evenings

Even the hardiest souls will find times when it is more prudent to stay indoors while Mother Nature vents her worst anger but these times can be put to good use in processing, cataloguing and backing up your images. It is always worth going through the pictures you have taken previously, as invariably you will find one or two that are worth visiting again and perhaps re-working. 


Bokeh lights

Photo by joshwa


It's Christmas!

You can hardly hide from the fact that Christmas is just around the corner so do capture some festive-filled images this month, too. Think family group shots, close-ups of festive food, abstracts of bokeh lights and wide-angle shots of rooms filled with log fires, Christmas trees and friends. 

Whatever you capture this December, remember to share your shots with us in the ePHOTOzine Gallery

Enjoy the festive season, wrap-up warm and all the best for 2018. 

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