06 Shoot all four seasons
Search for ‘four seasons’ on Google Images and, aside from a few pictures of hotels and Vivaldi, you’ll find many shots of trees that have been taken from the same spot in spring, summer, autumn and winter.
It’s a popular idea, and one that’s less demanding than, say, a ‘365 project’, where you have to find something to shoot every day of the year.
Now is a great time to scout for a suitable location and get your winter shot. When you’re researching potential subjects, make sure you choose an angle that will offer a clear view in the spring and summer when trees are covered in leaves.
Don’t frame the shot too tightly, so that there will always be some room for ‘growth’, and use a tripod so that you can line the successive shots up (keep a note of the height of the tripod too).
When you return throughout the year, take the previous image on a memory card. Preview the image on the rear screen and look through the viewfinder so that you can frame the scene identically. Use the same aperture setting too so that there is consistency through the series.
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* Use a prime lens so that the angle of view remains identical across the sequence, or use an easily repeatable zoom setting.
* Try shooting with Live View and using the grid display to help you frame the shots.
* Using a polarizing filter to reduce glare and improve colour saturation.
* Display your images in a grid so that you can see all four at the same time, as photographer James Osmond has done here, or combine them into a single picture.
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PAGE 2: Shoot a winter infrared
PAGE 3: Shoot a storm
PAGE 4: Shoot in dreary weather
PAGE 5: Shoot snowdrops
PAGE 6: Shoot all four seasons
PAGE 7: Shoot a photo A-Z
PAGE 8: Shoot winter monochrome
PAGE 9: Shoot portraits without faces