Category: Winter

Les Taylor Photography

The Art Of Winter Imagery

In a previous post, I discussed some of the equipment you need in order to pursue photography during the winter. That’s important, but freezing temperatures aren’t the only thing you’ll battle as a photographer during this season. Winter also brings unique challenges to creating artistic images that inspire the viewer. In this post, I’d like to share some of what I’ve learned over the years that has helped me create stunning images of this spectacular...

Technical Tips For Winter Photography

Winter photography can be both incredibly rewarding, and incredibly challenging. While the cold and snow makes for beautiful scenery, it simultaneously creates an obstacle to getting out and enjoying it with your camera. Over the years, I’ve had many opportunities to shoot in all kinds of cold conditions, and I’ve learned a few technical things that have helped me create beautiful winter images. I’d like to share a few of those in the hopes that...
Snow River Akita Japan

Snowy Scenes From The Shinkansen

In early December, I took a single day trip to Akita Prefecture for an assignment. Akita is about 3-4 hours from Tokyo by shinkansen (bullet train) so suffice it to say this was a very brief trip! There was snow in the forecast though, so I was excited about potential photographic opportunities. However, with¬†nearly 8 hours of total travel and a job to do for much of the day,¬†there wouldn’t be much spare time for...
Photo of komainu

Frozen Protector

This is another photo from one of the big snows we had around Japan in February. The statue here is called “komainu” – a lion/dog which is believed by some to protect the nearby shrine from evil spirits. I don’t know about that, but I do know it makes for an interesting photographic subject and I’ve often been interested by this particular angle, but until it snowed I had a hard time getting a shot...
Photo of Japanese lantern at Meiji Jingumae

Illuminating the snow at Meiji Jingumae

This photo comes from the big snowfall Tokyo received on the 8th of February. I made my way around Tokyo that day, taking pictures at various places trying to capture the feel around the city. For all the snow, the shrine was quite popular this day. In fact, I think there was even a wedding held here that day. Quite a day for a wedding! I really liked the way the snow and Japanese architecture...