Pic of the Week – Winter by the Water

Winter by the Water, Pic of the week on Falcondale Life blog. Winter photography at Swinsty reservior in the Yorkshire Dales. Winter photography can be difficult so share some ideas and tips.Many people find winter photography quite difficult, myself included. Some people find that the hardest part is going outside in the first place. The weather can be quite off-putting and the days short.

Winter Photography Ideas

If you can get outside, turn up your ISO and look for shape, contrast and texture. Perhaps you normally look for colour, beautiful plants and fluffy clouds. It does require a different mindset to deal with bare branches and iron skies.

These photos of a winter walk around Swinsty reservoir are not amazing but they work better as a group. Winter daylight has a blueish tint, and water is a good way to embrace that in a photo. The rigid verticals of the trees are contrasted by the shimmering water.

Winter by the Water, Pic of the week on Falcondale Life blog. Winter photography at Swinsty reservior in the Yorkshire Dales. Winter photography can be difficult so share some ideas and tips. Winter by the Water, Pic of the week on Falcondale Life blog. Winter photography at Swinsty reservior in the Yorkshire Dales. Winter photography can be difficult so share some ideas and tips. Winter by the Water, Pic of the week on Falcondale Life blog. Winter photography at Swinsty reservior in the Yorkshire Dales. Winter photography can be difficult so share some ideas and tips. Winter by the Water, Pic of the week on Falcondale Life blog. Winter photography at Swinsty reservior in the Yorkshire Dales. Winter photography can be difficult so share some ideas and tips.

Another idea is to find something bright or coloured to contrast against the gloom. You may find an evergreen leaf or a red berry to use for this. I am not a big fan of vignettes but winter photography seems to be a time when you can get away with this quite a bit. Also purple-ish filters can work well. Try high, savage contrast and soft focus too. The simplicity of a winter landscape image may be ideal for some strong, experimental editing. I have not tried it with these shots as I think they already have enough going for them.

Swinsty and Fewston Visitor Information

Swinsty and Fewston reservoirs are right next to each other and both have good paths all the way around the edge and free parking. There’s usually a Yorkshire Dales ice cream van in each car park, although perhaps not in winter! They are not far from Harrogate just off the A59 in the Yorkshire Dales. Yorkshire water have a mountain bike skills trail near the central car park. To walk around Swinsty is about 3.1 miles, to walk around Fewston is 3.7 miles.

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Do you have any tips for winter photography? Please comment below and let me know.

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7 Comments

  1. These photos are beautiful, so calming and peaceful. I do enjoy winter photography, but mostly for the low winter sun, which I find perfect for shooting into the light. My instinct would be to warm up my shots, rather than embrace the blue tinge though.
    #MySundayPhoto

    • 21st December 2017 / 6:46 pm

      I would normally go for a true white balance but for these shots it was a real loss to warm it up. I should do a before and after sometime on this.

  2. 20th December 2017 / 5:30 am

    what beautiful pictures, not an area of the UK i’ve been to for many years. Unfortunately, living in Dubai, I don’t get many chances to take winter shots and with the sun being so low in the day i have to deal with sun flare

  3. 19th December 2017 / 10:10 am

    I really find shooting during winter very hard and find I’m never happy with the pictures. I think the weather was a big factor why I didn’t tend to get my camera out much during the winter months. That’s all changed now as we have mostly blue skies, even in December, here in Portugal. #mysundayphoto

  4. 18th December 2017 / 9:08 am

    What a wonderful relaxing scene, a perfect place for a winter walk. #MySundayPhoto

  5. 18th December 2017 / 6:56 am

    Some good tips, which I wouldn’t have thought of. I do like photographing bare branches though, especially at sunrise or sunset. We don’t get much light in winter, but at least it’s easy to capture sunrise and sunset because they’re still in the daytime!

  6. 17th December 2017 / 8:16 pm

    It feels so relaxing there. I love going for Winter walks

    Thank you for linking up

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