Tips to Improve Your Winter Compositions

Is winter photography really any different from that of other seasons? Yes, and no. The basics of landscape photograph apply regardless of the season, but my approach and preparedness can be different in the winter. Here are some tips that might help you improve your winter compositions
By Peter Baumgarten

Focus on winter’s unique features
Winter definitely has elements that no other season has – mainly, ice and snow. Incorporate them as key subjects in your compositions. Sometimes those ice formations may not look all that impressive from the height of a 6’2″ photographer like myself. That’s when I get in close, shoot low and use an ultra-wide angle lens, making them look larger and more dramatic than they really are. By getting in close you can also take advantage of how nicely some ice features can transmit the light.

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Focus in on the details
This strategy works regardless of the season. Rather than just looking at the big picture spend some time focusing in on the minutiae of the scene. Frost and ice can really make a plain subject pop. Areas with open water, or nights with higher humidity can create some great hoarfrost when the thermometer dips below freezing.

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Visit a National Park
National parks are amazing locations during any season. Some of my most memorable, and photographically fruitful trips have been made during the winter months. A fresh blanket of snow can add to that already stunning scenery. And the added benefit is that there will be far fewer people to contend with.

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Make your own point of interest
In each of the photos in this article I have tried to include at least one key element that your eye will be drawn to. Sometimes you get to a location and there really isn’t anything that jumps out at you and screams, “Photograph me!”. In those situations I know I have to work the scene. That might mean manipulating the environment a bit in order to create a point of interest that will draw the viewer into the image.

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more in: 10 Tips to Improve Your Winter Compositions
by Peter Baumgarten, Olympus Visionary
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Winterscapes

Winterscapes by Valtteri Mulkahainen
“I am a teacher from Finland. I’ve been photographing for couple years as my hobby”

Зимнее солнце Лапландии
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Стражи зимней Лапландии
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Парк Юрского периода
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Поклон морозному дню
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Зимний зоопарк
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Winterscapes by Valtteri Mulkahainen
more at 35photo

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POWDER

Jake and Dave Moe founded POWDER in 1972 as an alternative to the other, uptight skiing magazines. “To us, powder skiing means freedom, with an emphasis, not on how you do it, but just on doing it more,” they said. That’s what we’re still trying to do. Powder to the People.

POWDER
The Skier’s Magazine
On the Cover
Skier: Joel Pollinger
Location: Engelberg, Switzerland
Photographer: Oskar Enander
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more at powder

Rain | Snow | Christophe Jacrot

See the urban landscapes of New York under a cloak of twilight and inclement weather. Christophe Jacrot shows scurrying city dwellers caught between melancholy, reflection, and an inexplicable sense of security.

Whenever a bad weather front builds up near a large city, Christophe Jacrot cannot be far away. The French photographer purposely seeks out rain and snow to capture atmospheric moments. The adverse weather conditions create special lighting conditions for the images. The streets empty out, and Jacrot finds the intense situations that develop into the particular power of his work. Even though he consciously takes them in colour, Jacrot’s images look like they could be stills from film noir movies.
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more at Lumas