I look forward to the first snowfall of winter as much as a man lost in the desert looks forward to his next drink of water. Yet when it arrives, I am always disappointed.
To would be great to have an app that allowed me to be instantly surrounded by deep, crisp snow and enjoying alpine-quality winter days. Instead, I am left to ‘enjoy’ wet claggy snow and overcast days. This is the thin end of winter’s wedge, a transitional phase that we have to go through, but all is not lost as I can still enjoy some form of winter photography.
It is surprising how quickly and deeply wet snow can cover ground and stick to trees. It can also disappear quickly too, so it is important to dress to keep warm and dry and get out there fast. Under overcast skies, I look for subjects that offer me good shapes or textures to work with. Additionally, I usually have a black and white result in mind when selecting and composing my subject.
Monochromatic winter photographs are also good for messing around with. Sometimes I will end up with several variations from a single source image. Occasionally I will keep them all, but usually it is only ones I really like that avoid being crushed into oblivion by the Delete key.
Winter may be knocking at the door but autumn isn’t quite ready to move on yet, so now that this early fall of snow has come and gone, I can look forward to it all over again as winter’s wedge pushes ever forward and steadily thickens.