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.
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.