Photographing a Winter Wonderland
“The magic rarely happens in our comfort zone, but outside it, on the ragged,
scary edge,where we have to fight like hell to keep from drowning in the unknown.”
David Du Chemin
There’s nothing like trekking through snow covered forests for getting out of your comfort zone. And photographing in snow showers? Challenging. But exciting at the same time. Last weekend we took a trip down to the Snowy Mountains in New South Wales. The weather forecast predicted snow above 1200m. Winter had finally arrived. And we wanted to be there.
Equipped with hiking boots, gaters, trekking poles, gloves and Gortex jackets, we took off up a trail close by to the Selwyn ski-fields. Despite it being school holidays, there was not another soul in sight. We had the place to ourselves. And once we hit the trail the snow started falling. Our own winter wonderland.
What: Photographing a snowy winter wonderland
Where: Kiandra, Kosciuszko National Park, New South Wales Snowy Mountains. For information on this park visit their website: Kosciuszko National Park
When: Winter – July 9, 2017
Why: Snowy landscapes are one of the most exciting things about winter
Camera: Canon 600D
Tip: Photographing in the snow has many challenges not the least of which is a wet lens which can translate to dark spots on your photos. Always use a filter to protect your lens and wipe it down when you need to / Getting the white balance right can be difficult and this is something I am still working on. Always learning / Shoot with different exposures. It’s difficult to tell out here what will be right. So take 3 or 4 shots at different exposure levels / Look for pops of colour, be it a structure or the clothes of your companion. Against this stark, black and white landscape, colour really draws the eye.