Frost by Robert Canis

03 January 2016

Region: London

Seasonal advice from award-winning wildlife and landscape photographer, Robert Canis.


January and February are the most likely months for us to experience freezing conditions and with that comes innumerable opportunities for outdoor photographers. It does mean, however, that an early rise is in order or you’ll be too late and the frost will have disappeared. Conditions such as these are getting scarcer so make the most should such an opportunity present itself. One tip is to head somewhere you know of that is relatively sheltered and doesn’t get the sun till much later on. This way you’ll have much more time to photograph than in an area that gets the sun straight away since it only takes as short while before the frost starts to melt.


Regardless of where you live there will be somewhere you can head to and photograph all manner of subjects coated in crystals. A common, park, waste ground or even a cemetery. Ignore (if you can!) the bigger picture and, instead, get in close. Use the close-up facility on your telephoto-zoom lens or, better still, a dedicated macro and look for patterns such as leaves on the ground and ferns. Spider’s webs look wonderful with a coating of frost as do thistles and grasses and distracting backgrounds can be kept to a minimum by using a combination of using a lens of at least 100mm, a wide aperture and by selecting a subject some distance away from other vegetation.   

Image:  Frost © Robert Canis

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