Most, but not all, of the colours are gone. What remains is a harder edge of the spectrum, where contrast is to be hunted rather than assumed.

And texture and shade take on a different level of purpose; to stand in for the vividness of summer’s colour, to beckon our eye to look deeper.

The sky is the photographer’s winter friend, donating half the ‘seen world’ as a constantly shifting and often vivid backdrop…

But you have to be fast with the shutter. A second of hesitation and the moment you glimpsed can have moved on… or mellowed in a way that only colour would have rescued.

It’s a kind of hunt, a quest. But one where the world comes to you. All you have to do is be ready…

©Stephen Tanham, 2020.

11 Comments on “Winter wanderings with camera (1) mood and meaning

  1. Great pictures, Steve. I know about your changing sky’s in the UK because I have been to Scotland in summer – well, they said it was summer [smile]. We pretty much have clear blue skies all year round, even if its cold. Our winter temperature averages at 22 degrees Celsius at midday.


    • Thank you, Robbie. How I envy you those temperatures! Scotland in summer is a matter of luck. You can get really lucky in the spring – May time – but it’s never guaranteed…

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  2. I can relate to all of this, Steve. Great photography as usual! Winter can seem a poor time for photography, but you’re right, it invites us to look deeper, closer, more inwards.

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