Macro,  Nature

A Collection of Winter Macro Photography Ideas

Winter is here.  Don’t put away your macro lens.

There are still plenty of macro photography subjects in the winter.  You may just have to bundle up and look at little harder.

I find that these winter compositions can be just as beautiful as the insects and flowers of summer.  So get your warm clothes, boots, and hand warmers and go out for a winter macro photography shoot.

Winter Ice Patterns
Winter Ice Patterns

Winter Macro Ideas

This blog has some of my winter macro photographs over a variety of subjects to give you a starting point for your winter macro photographs.

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Berries

Blue Winter Berries

Blue Winter Berries

Winter Berries

Winter Berries

Clean backgrounds are key for winter berries and other winter photography subjects.  Don’t be afraid to Replace your Background with a Texture to add an artistic look to your photographs.

Fallen Leaves

Fallen Leaf in the Snow

Fallen Leaf in the Snow

Fallen Leaf in the Stream

Fallen Leaf in the Stream

Leaves That Haven’t Fallen

Frosty Winter Leaves

Frosty Winter Leaves

Winter Leaf

Winter Leaf

Beech leaves don’t fall off the tree during winter.  They add a big of color to the winter landscape.  They make great subjects for winter macro photographs both on the tree and the ground.

Try Black and White to give a different look and feel to your macro photography images.

Weathered Winter Leaf, f/2.8, handheld
Black and White Beech Leaf

Tree Bark

Frosty Tree Bark

Frosty Tree Bark

Look for places where snow has gathered in the tree bark.  This makes for great contrast in your image.

Curved Lines in an Old Fallen Log
Curved Lines in an Old Fallen Log

Also look for curved lines in fallen logs where snow may have gathered – this provides additional visual interest and can be used as a leading line.

Ice Patterns

Ice Pattern Macro

Ice Pattern Macro

Ice Pattern Macro 2

Ice Pattern Macro 2

Ice Patterns are a lot of fun to photograph.

  • A macro lens isn’t necessarily the best choice for Ice Patterns.  Try a medium range telephoto lens mounted on a tripod.  For the best results use your camera’s level to ensure your lens is square with the subject.
  • Look for compositions where the ground or fallen leaves are showing thru the ice.  This provides nice contrast to the ice.

Winter Grasses in Black and White

Winter Grass - Black and White

Mini Landscapes using Moss and Lichen

Winter Macro Scene with Multiple Colors
Winter Macro Scene with Multiple Colors

Written by Martin Belan

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