Tutorial: Seasonal weather

Frosty mornings

A sharp frost can totally change a scene. The tiny sparkling crystals give everything a coating of white.

To capture the full effect you will need to be out-and-about early. Even a hazy sun can be enough to melt a delicate frost within an hour of two of sunrise. But it is worth the effort as there are many opportunities for photography. Landscapes become delicate studies in white, with just a touch of colour in areas where the frost has not formed, or has melted. If you have the time you can stay in one place and take photographs of the same landscape at 10 or 15 minute intervals to capture the changing scene.

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Frosty Oak Leaves, You Connect member Daniel Merkle, Canon EOS 350D

Correct exposure for a scene that is mostly white can be tricky; your results may well be underexposed. You can overcome this easily by selecting the Snow Mode on your camera. Alternatively you can set the Exposure Compensation to around +1 1/3.

Of course, if the weather is really cold, there might be little change over several hours. Some photographers go back to the same site during the course of a year to create a portfolio of the changing landscape during the four seasons.

Do remember that batteries do not operate at maximum efficiency when cold. You should not encounter too many problems at temperatures around 0°C, but at lower temperatures it is good practice to carry a second camera battery in an inside pocket where it will be warm. Exchange the batteries from time to time to keep them working effectively.

Enter the Gallery
Bad weather is no excuse to put away your camera. In fact it offers a whole new world of photography to explore. So put on your coat and get photographing. Choose your favourite images from what you create and enter them in the Gallery. Next month your photo could be displayed as one of the best!

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