With the winter season in full swing and the approach of a new year makes this a great opportunity to get out and enjoy the crisp clean air with some outdoor activities. Although a number of individuals would prefer spending winter indoors in front of a warm fire, there are those that dedicate their activities to capturing the beauty of winter. I’m referring to us, the landscape photographers. If ever there was a time to capture the awesome beauty of the winter landscape that time is now.
For a great many of us, the greatest pleasure in photography is traveling to distant places, searching for that perfect spot that we can only fantasize about. However, is it really necessary to travel to these exotic locations to capture beautiful landscapes? Look around you wherever you live, you’ll be surprised the beauty just waiting to be captured.
You don’t have to invest in a large amount of money to travel thousands of miles to capture dramatic images; these incredible locations can be discovered in every corner of the planet.
One of my favorite places to photograph is within the National Parks system that can be found throughout America and a number of other countries. With a diverse landscape ranging from the open desert to majestic mountains, is where I like to enjoy my time away from home. The varied terrain makes for an ideal location to capture some amazing images during the course of the winter season.
To make the most of your photography skills is to approach your subject and location in a different way. For instance, each season provides photographers with a number of photo opportunities and that includes the winter months. In order to capture those unforgettable images, make use of the correct time during the day. One of the best times to photograph is during the hours of dawn. It is during this hour that the sky forms a magnificent display of colors ranging from orange to a reddish tint.
A number of other factors come into play to create a magical winter experience such as an early morning hike through the forests. Our woodlands make for a great photo opportunity to capture nature and wildlife at its best.
Rivers, valleys and the coastline are all excellent locations to capture images during the early morning hours. Don’t let a damp day or cold night discourage you from taking photos. It is during those days that some fog could possibly be leftover providing for some interesting photo opportunities.
Don’t hang up your gear yet as the daylight hours disappear; some of the most amazing colors can be captured during a sunset. At the end of a sunny day the colors will appear to be a great deal warmer, allowing for a more stunning scene.
So don’t put your camera away yet, winter provides lots of wonderful photo possibilities that other seasons can’t provide us with. It doesn’t matter where you live, explore your backyard and you might be surprised what you’ll discover.
For a selection of U. S. National Parks, click here.
Parks by country, click here.