How to Capture Winter Landscapes

Capture Winter Landscapes

Winter Landscape – Tongariro National Park

Capture some frozen landscapes this winter. 

Watch the forecast

While there is often snow on high peaks for most of the winter, it is not every day that you get snow at lower altitudes. Watch the weather forecast and lookout for a southerly front with low temperatures for the perfect shots of frozen landscapes.


Get up early

As soon as the sun gets up in the sky, snow can start to melt really quickly. If there has been snow or a hard frost overnight, head out early before it melts. It pays to be to staying in a hut or camping so that you are within walking distance of the location you want to shoot to get there without a drive in icy conditions.


Pick your subject

While grand snow-covered vistas work well, sometimes smaller more intimate scenes can make the best photographs. Pick an interesting subject, so you don’t just have a field of white snow. Small frozen streams often make great photographs and snow in the forest is always a magical thing to capture.


Add some sparkle

While overcast conditions can work well for photographing in the snow, sometimes some the sun can add an extra sparkle to a frozen landscape. If you have the sun in your photograph, it can be great to try and capture it as a starburst. To get the best starburst effect, select the smallest aperture (f22) and point the camera directly into the low sun. Be careful looking through the viewfinder (work in ‘live view’ if you can) as the sun will be magnified looking through your camera lens.

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