Christmas is over, kids are back in school, and all that is left for most people is to settle in for the rest of the long winter.
When it’s mid-January, spring is hard to dream about.Now admittedly, I live in the land of eternal summer and at 6 degrees off the equator, we don’t see much winter weather. However, when we spent some time in America last year, I left my I-hate-cold-tendancies inside and I braved the crisp sub-freezing temperatures. After living with summer for 54 months straight, I was ready for a chill in the air.
Taking pictures of winter — with all its mystique, beauty, and whispers of new life to come — was an amazing experience. From the color of the December sky to the intricacies of an individual snowflake, winter left me in awe. Everywhere I looked, there was something new to explore. I can’t wait to meet winter again.
Let me encourage you, as you huddle under your quilt with your steaming cup of coffee in hand, remember that there is a beautiful world outside your door. Take a few moments and see what you and your camera can find. Our memories aren’t for summer only.
Here are some things to look out for:
TREES & PLANTS
Although we often things of plants and trees being a summer thing, it can be spectacular to see the changes that they go through in the winter. Look closely and you will often see signs of life.
While most photographers live for the golden hour of spring and summer, don’t discount the icy cool colors of winter. Sunrises, especially, offer a feast for the eyes. And the bonus? The sun rises late enough for most people to actually enjoy it!
Although my idea of fun winter activities usually include hot cocoa and roaring fires, winter activities that actually take place outside can be fun too. My kids were thrilled with getting to sled for the first time. Whether it is a ride down a hill or a walk in the woods, be sure to capture all the fun that is to be had outside.
You may spend hours upon hours sprucing your house and garden up for the summer, but don’t forget about the free decorating that winter offers you. It was chilly, but I am so glad that I make the trek up to our neighbor’s house so I could get a beautiful picture of our home blanketed in snow.
Who can resist the beauty of the one of a kind? Taking macro photos of snowflakes and ice is a thrilling activity. If you don’t have a dSLR, check to see if your point and shoot has a macro mode (most do). Get in close and see the beauty that is normally too small to be noticed. [TIP: to make snowflakes really “pop” in your photos, kind something of color (like a piece of paper) to put behind your photo. For the photo below, I just grabbed a blue piece of scrapbook paper.]
So, what’s keeping you inside?