Winter Photography

Winter can be a slow time of year but it can also be a great time to focus on some area of photography that you enjoy.  Being a big fan of the outdoors, I often challenge myself to seek out new subjects, especially in the winter.  Snow happens to be a favorite subject because you never know what you are going to find.  Conditions are different everywhere you go and can change with the blink of an eye.

My snow adventures this year lead me to experiment with HDR and snow scenes and the results were intriguing as you can see in the attached photo.

A Frosty Morning at the Ranch

HDR (high dynamic range) is a relatively new concept in photography and you either love it or hate it.  It is a technique that requires practice and in many cases discipline as you can easily get carried away with some of the settings that are available.  Here in my photo, I just let things go a bit wild and removed the notion of reality.  I wanted saturated colors and an almost animated look so the photo may seem strange but that was the plan.

HDR is something that you can achieve using Photoshop or other 3rd party products like Photomatix which I prefer.  Some recent cameras are offering it was a built in feature as well so you might want to give it a try.  I’ll do another post later to describe more about what’s required for HDR.


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