Winter Is Here...

...but you probably didn't need me to tell you.

Winter photography is something I have avoided in years past. This is partly due to my tendency to take off to warmer places during this time - this year will be no different. However, until then, I'm making it a goal to get out and snap a bunch more snowy scenes this year.

There's a couple things working in my favor to accomplish this. For example, getting up to catch an 8:30am sunrise isn't as difficult as the 5:30am summer sunrises. Though the sun sets before the end of my work day, that just means the stars come out sooner. Finally, my recent purchase of an ultra-wide lens should motivate me to get out there.

Of course some things make it a little more difficult. I've learned the most important piece of equipment is my massive poofy down jacket. I attempted a two layered glove approach this morning - one thin, dexterous glove underneath a thick, insulated Micky-mouse sized glove. The idea, if I have to take the larger glove off to make some adjustments, I won't be bare handed. Unfortunately, frost bite on my finger is evidence this approach may need some fine tuning.

I'm pretty excited to explore some winter scenery and I have a handful of ideas. Just so long as I can convince myself to get out of my warm comfortable bed first thing in the morning.

Don't Just Take the Obvious Shot (New Uploads)

Shooting mountain landscapes is my favorite thing to do. I love it. It's the best arriving at a viewpoint after sweating it out all day, knowing that you've worked for it. I find in these incredible areas, I have a tendency to quickly take the obvious shots and move on. It looks so good through the view finder that I'll snap a couple photos of the peaks, valley or maybe a nearby lake and carry on with the hike.

The problem with this, once all the photos are downloaded, you realize they're all very similar. Once you seen one, you've seen them all (especially if you're working your way up a peak). So still take that obvious shot, but then take a moment and see what else is there. Is there an alpine flower you could put in the foreground or even just focus on that? Can you play around with the reflection in that lake? See what your photo looks like if you take the horizon out of it. Experiment a bit, it's pretty easy to delete the ones that don't work out. At the very least, when people look through your album, they won't be bored by the the third photo.

Anyways, here are some of my latest uploads: