With many parts of the country telling me that it’s snowing where they are (a result of my last challenge about What To Photograph When It’s Raining) I thought I would add a challenge that will keep you going all year.
The would outside is changing all the time, sometimes without us realising. Other times though it can be as often as the seasons changing.
Catching photographs of the seasons changing may sound like a simple idea however it is one that is better with a little bit of planning beforehand. Plus if it is snowing outside, now would be a good time to start because snow can be unpredictable and there may not be any next year. If you start in the spring and there isn’t any snow next year you would be left with only three seasons or a winter photograph without any snow.
The photograph below gives you an idea of what you may be trying to achieve. The subject of your photographs is entirely up to you, it may be a favourite landscape or simply something in your back garden (it could also be fun to capture your home). The trick is though to make sure what you photograph will be there all year round (there is no point photographing a car if the owner is going to move it everyday).
Once you have decided what you want to photograph it is then a case of making sure you can recreate it again in a few months time.
Make a note of the location in a notebook along with the date and time of day (it would be better if all the photographs were taken around the same time of day). Along with the details of when and where you took the photo also write down your camera settings. When you come back you want the next images to be as much like each other as possible and all this information will help you to do that.
Once you have got your photo it’s time to add it to your diary when you need to take your next photographs.
Create A Theme
When selecting what to photograph try to think ahead about what it will look like in the different seasons and position yourself accordingly. Remember there may be leaves in the way when the summer comes.
Take A Photo
Don’t just take a photo of what you want to photograph. Take a photograph of where you are taking it from. If you have someone with you get them to take a photo of you taking the photo. It will help you to get the same position in a few months time.
As with all challenges there are ways in which you could take it a step further.
A Year In The Life
If you want to do more than capture the seasons you could do a year in the life by taking a photograph each month. The differences between each image will be less dramatic but it would be a great project. The principle of how you take your photograph is the same, you just need more dates in your diary.
Think About Framing
These photographs look great when you see them next to each other. Think about how you would like to display your finished photographs. It could be that you use a single frame with four inserts in the mount or four different frames. The choice is yours.
If you did enjoy this challenge it would be great to hear from you. You can always upload your photos or comment on my Facebook Page.
Sharing your photos on my Facebook Page is a great way to get some feedback on your photographs and to help you improve.
I will also be posting my next challenge soon so I hope you will be joining in for more.