Make Your Winter Pictures “Pop”

by | Jan 26, 2013 | Tips & Tricks | 0 comments

Do you have a hard time getting your pictures to “pop” during the winter months like I do? Everything is dull. The sky and trees are grey, the grass and water is brown, and when the colorless snow falls, it smothers everything in a great blanket of off-white blankness. Even the evergreens look lifeless under a monochromatic sky.

For me, this is what makes taking pictures in winter so difficult. There’s simply no color. Therefore, if I want my winter pictures to “pop”, I have to be on the alert for color. Birds, man-made objects, a break in the clouds, sunlight . . . these are things I’m always on the lookout for. I check the weather regularly to see when there will be a break in the clouds, as sunlight warms everything up and makes things look alive again. A clear morning after a fresh snow during the night is best!

And that’s the situation in which this picture was taken. Though the sky wasn’t as clear as predicted, the sun did peek out periodically and I would suddenly become trigger happy for as long as it lasted. I love how the snow is falling even when the sun is shining brightly. It added just the color I needed to “pop” this winter picture .

5527_Salem-West Virginia-USA_Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 200 mm, 1-400 sec at f - 11, ISO 400

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