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Shooting in the snow

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The temperatures have dipped below freezing, there's a foot of snow on the ground, and most of the wild animals have either headed south or gone into hiding -- which is exactly what a lot of photographers do. They crawl under the covers, turn up the heat, set a cup of hot chocolate by their side, and go through their images.

Precisely because so many photographers like to stay inside during the winter months (unless they head to Florida to photograph the migrating birds), you should head out shortly after the first snowfall and continue going out until the final snows melt. The opportunities you can come across are boundless, no matter where you're located in the northern climes. If you like to be by yourself when you shoot, you'll be delighted. The tranquility will make each trip even better. Besides being one with nature, you'll have plenty of time to reflect on everything around you. However, the real reason you'll venture into the snow will be to capture images of it.

This is where the fun begins. When you think of the seasons as photo opportunities, lots of ideas for images come to mind. Fall presents the changing colors of the trees as well as the mating season for a number of animals. Summer offers lots of wildflowers in the high country, and spring is a time of new birth and growth. But winter? That's when you'll find snow and ice and plenty of it.

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