Fortunately, no matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow. I don't know whether it's just me, but every year it seems that the last month of winter manages to cling on for just that little bit longer than the year before. When it finally relenquishes its grip you'd be hard pressed to find anyone complaining about the resurgence of vibrant colour and reckless blooming of nature.
Below we'll look at some beautiful examples of springtime photography, from the expected to the unique and suprising. But first, here are a few simple tips to help you capture something of this rich and spirited season...
Every Season Has Its Strengths
When going out to take shots that capture a particular season, it's worth bearing in mind the specific strengths of that season. Spring is often defined by a rapid rate of growth and change in nature that's highlighted further by the bitterness of the winter months that preceded it. For this reason it's worth considering anything that grows, blooms, or buds as a worthy subject.
Flowers are an incredibly popular choice of subject in the spring, and for good reason. The vibrant colours and astounding variety of shapes can be the catalyst for some beautiful natural photography.
Always try to use natural light when it comes to flowers, but be creative. Dawn and dusk can give you some fascinating results! Also remember to use depth of field techniques and close-ups to emphasise the subject of your shots.
Lastly, it's worth looking out for seedlings or budding flowers. While these may not be as colourful as a flower in full bloom, your photos will be more representative of what spring is all about!
When It Rains
Shoot reflections. Shoot water. Droplets of dew and puddles after a downpour can be gorgeous subjects in the spring, and you'll find that ponds, streams, and waterfalls have never looked so good.
During a period of spring rainfall it's worth experimenting with pointing your camera downwards and taking some pictures of rain hitting a larger body of water for a unique, and distinctive, textured effect.
If you do plan to shoot during a downpour itself, then make sure you take the necessary precautions to protect your camera from the rain!
Always remember to be creative on your expeditions. The weather in spring can be incredibly varied, from fresh bright sunshine through to sudden torrential downpours, so take advangtage of it! Also keep in mind how different qualities of light can shape your photography, often you'll find the light is a crisp, blueish hue during the spring.
To truly anchor your photographs in the surrounding landscape it's worth always trying to capture something of the new season. The feeling of nature bursting forth, the fresh landscapes, and bright explosion of springtime color!
Here are a few links to really useful tutorials and articles that will teach you more about this type of photography:
- The Art of the Detail Shot
- 4 Steps to Remarkable Reflection Photography
- 13 Steps for Shooting the Perfect Water Droplet
- Capturing Moving Water in Photography
- Spring is Nature Photography Season
- Spring landscape photography tips and advice
- Outdoor Photography Tips
Share Your Own Images!
Hopefully this has given you some new inspiration and got your creativity flowing so you can capture something of the joy of spring!
We'd love to see your favourite spring photographs, just post a link in the comments below!