Dark Frost

As we say goodbye to Winter and welcome back Spring I thought I would share a last glimpse of Winter for another year. Dark Frost is a set that I actually created last Winter (2019). After these photographs sat dormant in my archive it felt the right time to share them now.

I wanted to try something a little different with these shots, which resulted in a more heavily edited set than my usual work. I normally prefer to apply soft editing techniques such as tweaking histogram levels, saturation, etc. Trying to leave the captured image as natural as possible. This time though I felt the urge to be a little more creative, a little more artistic. So after playing around creating various different effects I finally came up with “Dark Frost”, which in my opinion really brings out the feeling of how cold it was when I first took these shots. I wanted to create something darker than my normal work, which I think it’s safe to say I have achieved that. Sometimes it’s good to go dark, as long as you come back to the light.

Winter in the Park

Think I may have explored every inch of our local park over the last 12 months. As it has become the source of our exercise, outdoor escape, and photographic inspiration.

The park goes through many changes during the seasons, some subtle and some not so much. From the daffodils in bloom in Spring, the wildflowers in Summer, the grass showered in the golden leaves of Autumn, to the frozen landscapes & stick figure trees in Winter.

In Winter especially when it snows the park becomes a Winter Wonderland. I love how the snow frames the stream that runs along the edge of the park and how the trees look almost like silhouettes against the blankets of snow.

Winter may not be my favourite season, but snow brings me a little flurry of joy amidst the Winter blues. #MomentsOfJoy

Bleak Mid-Winter

Although I’m definitely not a fan of Winter, the recent snowfall has made for some nice photographic opportunities without having to venture out too far.

While out for a Winter’s walk there was quite a dense mist coming in over the fields and intermittent flurries of snow, which created some really atmospheric snow scenes. The weather may have been a bit bleak but the chilly Winter’s air was actually quite refreshing and wasn’t too cold.

As you have probably gathered there was one particular tree that caught my attention. After spending some time and many shots later trying to get the perfect photograph, I think I have achieved what I had hoped for. These particular shots although they may look black & white are in fact in colour.

I almost never go out with an image in mind of what I want to capture, a theme maybe but never a final image. I let the world around me just happen and see what catches my eye and my imagination. This Winter’s walk was no exception.

Winter In Lockdown

The eighth instalment of my #LivingInLockdown series. Who could have imagined that 10 months after the first national COVID-19 lockdown that we would find ourselves in yet another national lockdown.

Now we find ourselves in Winter (which inspired this post), a new year (“hello 2021”) and our 3rd national lockdown since this pandemic began 10 months ago.

This selection of lockdown photos was impromptu compared to my earlier #LivingInLockdown posts (sorry for the lack of photos). As since Autumn, due to work commitments and if I’m honest just sheer lack of motivation. I have not spent as much time recording lockdown as I did in the first lockdown back in Spring. So I took a brief moment out from working to capture the beauty of the recent snowfall from our windows.

Although I am not a fan of being cold I was quite pleased to see the snow (helped by the fact that I did not HAVE to go out in it). As it motivated me to go outside for exercise & take photos (socially distanced of course). Some of which I have already shared on a previous post “Snowfall”, I still have a few more to share when I get around to it. Part of me would be happy if it snowed for the duration of this latest lockdown.

It’s safe to say that I have found lockdown during the Autumn & Winter months harder to stay motivated. Is it because the weather is colder? Is it because lockdown/pandemic is wearing me down? Is it a combination of both of these? The colder weather has definitely made me less motivated to go outside for our allowed exercise. So as a result I have not spent as much time on outdoor photo walks as I did during Spring & Summer. I am not complaining though, we have been very lucky compared to some. Thankfully to my knowledge we have not contracted COVID-19 and are healthy, our family and friends are healthy, and we have been able to work consistently thus far during the pandemic, which I think has helped us keep a level of routine and sanity.

#StaySafe

Snowfall

The first snow of 2021 has fallen, just to confirm that Winter is definitely here, in case we didn’t realise that already. So now here in the UK we find ourselves in a frozen COVID lockdown, I guess the snow confirms that we now have had every season during the various COVID pandemic lockdowns.

As of 5th January 2021 here in the UK we find ourselves in our 3rd national COVID lockdown (although in lot of ways it feels like the lockdown has been ongoing since the initial lockdown in March 2020). As you may have seen from my lack of posts recently (due to work commitments and lack of motivation) I’ve not been out much with my camera to take new shots. Autumn pretty much passed me by, then suddenly Winter was here.

Although I hate being cold, weirdly it was the snow that motivated me to get outside for a walk and take some photos of the snow. We are still allowed to go outside for daily exercise (adhering to the COVID guidelines of course). Thankfully these snowy scenes were only just a few meters from our house. So I was able to enjoy the great frozen outdoors without venturing too far.

Beast from the East

Last week saw much of the UK under a blanket of snow caused by what is being nicknamed “The Beast from the East”, bringing at least some parts of the country to a stand still or at least a mild panic that there might be a sudden shortage of bread & milk.

Usually I mock the people of Yorkshire when there is the mere hint of snow. Although on this occasion I shall let them off as it did nearly get to Scottish standards.

Sadly I did not have much opportunity to capture the picturesque scenes that this sudden snowfall had created. Although some may have you believe that with the first hint of snow we all must stockpile milk & bread, and in the madness forget how to drive safely, life does still go on and we must all still go to work. These are just a few of the scenes that I managed to capture.

 

White Christmas

[Bucksburn, Aberdeen]
So we woke up on this morning to a white Christmas, which wasn’t a great surprise as we’ve had snowfall right up to Christmas. After the customary opening of presents it was time to venture outside to explore our winter landscape.
One of the best places to take in the beauty of this winter wonderland is on the nearby farmland. The fields provide an excellent natural backdrop.

Winter Wonderland

[Bucksburn, Aberdeen]
Its that time of year again, winter is setting in and its coming up to Christmas. Like most winter’s in the north-east of Scotland we have been hit by heavy snowfall, which looks like it may last until Christmas. Some places around Scotland have been hit with temperatures as low as –20c. I believe the lowest temperatures that we have seen this year so far here in Aberdeen are –16c.

I thought that I would brace the cold weather and venture out in the snow to get some winter themed photos. The snow always looks so much better when in the countryside and makes for much better wintery scenes. It’s not the same in town or urban areas, you don’t get to see the whole beauty of nature in it natural surroundings. Luckily I don’t have to venture too far to see some countryside. I have always thought that I am very lucky that where I live at the moment I am only a few minutes walk away from farmland and countryside. As much as I am not a big fan of snow or more importantly being that cold that I can’t feel my fingers. You can’t deny that in the right environment it makes for some beautiful views.

With a little bit of patience I got to capture my favourite part of the day, sunset. Casting its glow over the snow covered landscape. The contrast of the fire blazed sunset boldly stands out against the frozen blues and whites of the snow covered fields. Resulting in some beautiful wintery shots to add to my portfolio. Nature never fails to inspire me with its beauty.

The Big Freeze

 

[Bucksburn, Aberdeen]
I have not done much photography this year so far for one reason and another. Although I have not done any portrait shoots this year yet, I did go out and do some location shoots when we had all the snow back in January.

I only got round to finishing off the shots a couple of weeks ago, thought it was about time I post at least one of them up on here. Got a few shots taken before I gave in to the cold and ventured back to the warmth of my house. As much as I don’t like the snow it is pretty to look at, shame it has to be so cold. Would have liked to explore further to get more snowy shots, but alas snow, being cold and myself don’t mix.

I have edited the original shot of the same scene above, although I can’t decide which I like better. I think I prefer the second shot, which is the one that I edited to give a darker effect.