Winter Photography Blog

Winter Photography Blog

Winter Photography Blog.  The angle of the sun on the horizon is smaller during wintertime. Thus creating numerous pleasing effects, such as a prolonged period of the magic hour. Photographers refer to the magic hour as the time around sunrise or sunset. It is when most of the light is reflected and the direct light of the sun passes through a lot more atmosphere, thus filtering out the harsh neutral or blue cast.

Throughout the entire day, the sun will never reach a high zenith, always illuminating our subjects at a much more pleasing angle.

Due to the low angle of the sun, textures will look three-dimensional and become alive and shadows will be long and deep. Photographers can use shadows to support the main subject, to hint at the presence of a subject by only showing its shadow or to create a sense of scale by comparing shadows. Shadows are copies of our subjects with different qualities that can greatly enhance compositions.

Finally, the setting sun has the reflector it needs to create sunsets we only get to see during the winter months. The clouds reflect the sunlight and because it now travels thousands of miles through the atmosphere, its deep red light will illuminate the clouds and the landscape creating unique “scapes” that makes the waiting for that special moment worthwhile.

Winter has many other beneficial weather patterns to offer. Nothing is as exciting as photographing a virgin snowscape in the first light of the day. When a white veil of beauty covers all the unsightly spots and the frost glistens from the trees reflecting the first rays, you know that only winter can provide such beauty. I have tried to make it a point to take full advantage of the warmer light, the deeper shadows and the favorable weather patterns.