Jack Frost has finally laid blank sheets of snow in some parts of the world. Does your place experience wintertime, or are you embarking on a trip to a snow-filled wonderland this season? Here are a few outdoor photography styles and techniques you should try out!
What do things and places look like inside a snowglobe? Drenched and utterly blanketed in white! See the winter world around you. Tilt your camera a bit skywards, or climb up the roof and capture snow-drenched architecture, woodland or landscape. Film formulas with lower light sensitivity would easily take in the pure, clean slate of the snow.
Create organic Kafkaesque scenes simply with your camera and surrounding snow. Try timing your photoshoot with the snowfall for an instant misty effect. Amplify the dreamy effect with purposeful use of shallow depth of field, vignetting, or intended blurs. A camera like the Diana F+ loaded with your favorite black and white film is the ideal combination in order to achieve this.
Always wanted to experiment with the monochromatic gradient? Now is the opportunity to do so! The dominance of the white snow adds more natural grey tone variants in your composition. Make sure to shoot with an ample light source as well as other elements to add some texture through shadows. Capture every tone of silver using the Berlin Kino 400 film and you'll be recreating vintage, Expressionist or French New Wave films in no time.
Not a fan of complicated greys? Add a bit of complexity to your pure blacks and strong whites by introducing texture. You can use _multiple exposures_for a more 'scattered', grungy look, or find some compositions where light and dark are in stark contrast with each other.
Natural Shapes and Forms
You could also try a contemplative and minimalistic approach this season and look for geometrical patterns in nature. Search for snow and debris blending with each other in piles, or some dark trees stained with snow. Natural pathways also make great geometric compositions.
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