Some people might think that I am crazy, but I like winter. Yes you have to deal with the cold, but you get to see some beautiful scenery, which lends to great photo opportunities. Also with winter comes my birthday and the celebration of Jesus’ birth.
Last winter was very harsh in metro Detroit and it was one of the coldest that I could ever remember. With the extreme cold, I was able to try something that I had seen on the news done by another photographer, which was to photograph frozen bubbles. I purchased some cheap bubbles at our local big box store and went out one evening to try it out (I still wonder if our neighbors thought I was crazy). I had originally tried to catch the bubbles on some fabric, but they kept breaking. So I caught them on the bubble wand. After catching them, that is when the “magic” began. I was able to watch them freeze, which only took a minute or two. I took a few shots and was not happy with just a plain bubble, so I added some color by putting some newly acquired gels on my off camera Speedlight to change its color. The final results, pictured below, were pretty neat.
Also with winter, there are a number of ice festivals in metro Detroit ever winter. My wife and I try to get to the Plymouth, MI, ice festival about every other year. There you get to see some beautiful ice sculptures carved by professionals and even college students. Below is a photograph I took of an ice sculpture of an Indian Chief at the Plymouth ice festival in January 2013.
Although being outdoors in the winter poses its own challenges with staying warm, you still can enjoy the outdoors from the wonderful scenery after a fresh snow, to ice festivals and to doing some photography projects that you could probably not do unless you had access to a deep freezer. We have not had too much snow yet this winter, but I hope we get some more so I can go out and create some winter photographs.