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asp.artist
12-05-2008, 10:47 AM
Its windy and rainy in Philadelphia. My ideas about what to photograph are changing. Rather than long hikes, I'm thinking quick street shots with a smaller camera, and running into a lot of coffee shops. Subway stations could be appealing. I was wondering what everyone else does with the seasonal changes.
Anne

Ian Grant
12-05-2008, 11:00 AM
Over the years I've always found the winter great for getting a different feel to the areas I'm shooting landscapes in, so I go out between the rain showers or in the snow & even fog, and of course on the good winter days too..

So no I don't change my approach to suit the seasons, now I live next to the Aegean Winters a great time as it's cool, rarely cold and not that much rain, in fact better light than in the Summer.

Ian

thebanana
12-05-2008, 11:02 AM
Parka, Boots, Mitts, toque (you'll have to look it up :D) and maybe a small bottle of brandy. When it gets too cold, say around -20c and lower, there's always the brandy.

Around here winter is the perfect season for black and white shooting :)

Shmoo
12-05-2008, 11:41 AM
Seasons change? Novel idea...

;)

DWThomas
12-05-2008, 12:52 PM
Having the luxury of being retired, I find it surprising how often one can get outside between bursts of bad weather. I tend to do little "projects" as opposed to continuous x many per day/week/month anyway.

Lens testing in December 2006 (http://www.pbase.com/dw_thomas/fleetwood)

And film testing in February last year (on the Perkiomen Trail about 35 miles NW of Philly):
http://www.pbase.com/dw_thomas/sqroll14
http://www.pbase.com/dw_thomas/sqroll15

Actually, the first few shots on roll #14 were taken at the lower end of my backyard where I did almost fall on my butt negotiating the snow and ice to get down to the creek area. The trail was easier to navigate.

Just be a bit careful about dress -- especially footwear.

DaveT

MurrayMinchin
12-05-2008, 01:00 PM
I go no matter what the weather with my hardy Wista 4x5. It can rain/drizzle where I live for weeks at a time so waiting for good weather isn't an option, besides, shouldn't a rain forest be photographed in the rain? When it gets really gnarly in the winter at -20c with 70 km/hr northerly outflow winds, you can always find a quiet spot out of the wind in the forest or the lee corner of a pocket beach. I love wild weather!

Murray

Pete H
12-05-2008, 01:01 PM
Evening & night shots with the lights reflecting in the wet road/tram lines etc. Bad weather can be a great time to shoot, if you can keep the camera dry.

It was pouring when I took this (http://www.contaxg.com/document.php?id=15198). :)

Mike Kennedy
12-05-2008, 01:16 PM
No better season to shoot B&W.I shoot tri-x when it's overcast/stormy and Ilford FP4+ when the sun shines.Keep the kit simple.I use one camera and lens,a few rolls of film and carry rechargeable hand warmers (from Lee Valley).
In an urban setting I plan my jaunts between coffee shops.

Paul Cocklin
12-05-2008, 01:37 PM
Being originally from Philadelphia, I remember that that every time it would snow I would head out towards Valley Forge to do some 'winter cabin' shots. Snow covered cannons were great too. There's an old covered bridge at the NW side of the park, where rt. 23 exits. It's a left turn at the traffic light denoting the end of the actual park, then about a mile down that road (I believe it's 452?) Short walk to get set up with the snow-filling creek flowing under the bridge... :)

optique
12-05-2008, 01:58 PM
In Houston, we have maybe two winter months where the non-evergreen trees have totally shed their leaves. I am looking forward to shooting through the tree branches up at buildings, etc. This worked well in Austin where I took photos at the State House through an old oak.

Vaughn
12-05-2008, 02:09 PM
Winter is usually when I do most of my photographing under the Redwoods -- the views open up a bit with the berry leaves gone and leaves of other shrubs and small trees (maples, alders) are gone, also. Between storms there is often nice still air for those lone exposures. Plus I try to get to Yosemite for a few days in the winter. It has been awhile since I could take off for the SW for a week or so of photographing in the desert.

Vaughn

ron110n
12-05-2008, 02:38 PM
Good idea! Since I'm from Southern California where you can surf with proper clothing and ski in the winter; I'll be at big bear and Lake Arrowhead this January!!!
Don't forget your ND filters and Polarizers.

Mike Kennedy
12-05-2008, 02:38 PM
Revisiting your summer locations can give a nice twist.

DWThomas
12-05-2008, 02:40 PM
It's a left turn at the traffic light denoting the end of the actual park, then about a mile down that road (I believe it's 452?) Short walk to get set up with the snow-filling creek flowing under the bridge... :)


Route 252, on the western edge of the park at Yellow Springs Road. The park has lots of candidates (http://www.pbase.com/dw_thomas/argust8th2008)to point a lens at (from the "Argust 8th" activities).

DaveT

Ian Grant
12-05-2008, 02:42 PM
A good challenge of your techniques is to be able to take, print and frame a diptych, one image made in the Summer on a sunny day, the other on a snowy, foggy Winter day.

Ian

Vaughn
12-05-2008, 03:07 PM
Good idea! Since I'm from Southern California where you can surf with proper clothing and ski in the winter...

I was just down there for Thanksgiving (San Clemente)...we spent most of the time in the ocean...I love body-surfing! The water was warm -- lower 60'sF.

Vaughn

f/stopblues
12-05-2008, 06:46 PM
It's not so much the weather that gets me, but the fact that by the time I leave work during the week it is nearly, or sometimes completely dark. It's so frustrating! I covet my weekends during this season.

Paul Cocklin
12-05-2008, 07:12 PM
Route 252, on the western edge of the park at Yellow Springs Road. The park has lots of candidates (http://www.pbase.com/dw_thomas/argust8th2008)to point a lens at (from the "Argust 8th" activities).

DaveT

That's the one! I thought it might be 252 but it's been a few years since I've been back there. That park holds a lot of fond memories for me.

Stephanie Brim
12-06-2008, 11:58 PM
I'm going to do a few still lifes, I may explore the subject of longing, and I'm possibly going to start a series of portraits of friends and family.

We'll see.

All I know is that I'll be finding as many things to shoot inside as possible. I'm not much fond of the cold.

chriscrawfordphoto
12-07-2008, 12:13 AM
I photograph basically the same stuff as in summer, but I actually prefer winter and shoot a lot more. My Hasselblad has had almost 60 rolls of film through it since Fall began, while I shot about 20 rolls all summer. I like the overcast light, the fog, the snow. The harsh summer sun that shines through most of the spring and summer here in Indiana is ugly for me. I've been known to stand out in the cold for hours working, not realizing just HOW cold I am till I try to talk to someone and realize I am so frozen that I can't talk tight (mouth frozen!). I wear an old Soviet army coat and fur hat, which feels very warm, but after 5 hours in knee deep snow even that won't keep you warm!

http://www.chriscrawfordphoto.com/fine_art/portfolio/abandoned/images/pics/dress.jpg

http://www.chriscrawfordphoto.com/fine_art/portfolio/abandoned/images/pics/branstrator-fog6.jpg

http://www.chriscrawfordphoto.com/fine_art/portfolio/abandoned/images/pics/fog-tree3.jpg

http://www.chriscrawfordphoto.com/fine_art/portfolio/abandoned/images/pics/besancon.jpg