Wet and cold, or cold and wet?

Even though here in the UK the birds are singing and the bulbs are pushing up out of the ground, it’s still winter.  Winter in the UK means that the weather outside may well be cold and wet (or wet and cold).  It’s not very tempting weather for outdoor photography, so why not stay indoors and photograph the effect of the cold weather?  One effect is condensation on your windows…

"Window condensation" by Derek Gale

The droplets in the window condensation image are almost fractal.  There are large droplets, smaller droplets the same shape, and even smaller droplets between them.  It’s hard to tell the size of any of them.  It’s a sort of miniature landscape photograph.  There’s a lovely gradation of light across each droplet.  I made the dark background by holding a piece of dark material (a T-shirt) behind the open window.  It meant that the side light became dominant.

So what about other windows such as the car windscreen?

"Frosty car window" by Derek Gale

If you decide to brave the outside, on a cold morning you may well get frost on your car’s windscreen.  Frost can make wonderful patterns which demand to be photographed.  Here I’ve used a macro lens (50mm f2.8 Sigma EX) to get in close and show the feathery details of the ice.  My car was parked near the studio, so that worked well as a dark background.

Wet and cold?  No photographic worries.


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