Winter Photography (Part III)


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Winter Photography (Part III)

10 May 2020 8:21PM   Views : 424 Unique : 281

The final part of photography in winter time, well this side of autumn at least. Something to look forward to when we can hopefully get out and about more easily.

What about people in winter? Even with social distancing human activity continues. People out and about in the landscape or street add interest and scale. Winter portraits work well and fill in illumination is useful, either from a flash or LED light panel. Off camera flash triggered by a radio signal allows more creative options and can enhance the moodiness of the image. These techniques are perfectly good to use at other times of course but do give a look more suited to a wintry backdrop.

There are indoor events too, though what form they'll take this coming winter is anybody's guess at the moment.


Wildlife is another area. Birds are more likely to come to gardens for food. Put something out that will attract them. Blackbirds (Turdus merula) will enjoy an apple for example. I rarely see the pied wagtail (Motacilla alba) here at other times of year but it visits when times are harsh. The 'hide' is the garden shed with some camouflage netting over the doorway through which the camera is directed. Winter is also the time that we get to see migrant birds from colder climes, some come into gardens, others gather at reserves.


Still life photography can come into it's own as you can stay inside a comfortable room or studio, but I'm thinking of sourcing subjects, or even shooting in situ, outside. If you have a garden there may be some stacked pots in a corner covered in frost. Alternatively, details in the street can be equally suitable.


It doesn't matter what your genre of photography, winter offers plenty of opportunities.

All text and images Keith Rowley 2020

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