I’m finally getting around to posting my winter landscape photos. It’s been a long time since I posted; the last time I posted was for the Orion Nebula two months ago. This is mainly because I took some time off from astrophotography because of galaxy season. Galaxy Season is never fun for those of us who live in light-polluted areas. It’s very difficult to capture signal and when my neighbor’s motion sensing light goes on–it ruins many subs. It’s a frustrating experience, and I decided to avoid it this year to keep my sanity.

The other reason is because I am working on a Pixinsight tutorial, which has taken me much longer than expected. I’ve taken up audio and video editing to create these tutorials and it’s been interesting, educational, and difficult.

The last reason is that I’ve been lazy. I took these winter photos in March at my favorite local nature spot, South Mountain Reservation. They sat in Lightroom for 2 months until I finally triaged all of them, edited them, and picked a few winners. 

Winter Landscape Photos Gallery

The Winter may not seem like a great time to take photos, but I love the Winter landscape and light. Winter photography may be only second to autumn photography.

Winter landscape photography is the only season with bare trees, which provides a glorious view of the sky. Sunsets tend to be stronger than other seasons (perhaps because of lack of tree leaves) and the sun often sets, leaving a beautiful magenta sky. I also think the bare trees are pretty and give off a melancholic feeling that’s an ode to the season. Winter is also a great time for astrophotography. To say the least, this is very busy time for me and my cameras.

The gallery above represents 9 of my favorite photos. South Mountain Reservation is obviously not Yosemite or Joshua Tree Park. It’s a small, nature-preserved piece of land only 14 miles outside New York City. What matters most is the light. Light can transform any dull mundane place into something special. I don’t care about the landscape as much as I care about the light. Both are important, but without the light, the landscape falls short.

There are two photos of snowy landscapes in this set. I think it may have snowed 1 time here. Winters are not what they used to be in New York City. We are lucky to get one big snowfall per year. I took these photos mid-day because I wanted to capture the snowy winter landscape before it was trounced on by other humans leaving chopped up slushy snow. This is a disadvantage of living in a major metro area! Not only do we not get enough snow, but when we do, people walk all over it making it a less attractive to photograph.

Thanks for checking out these winter landscape photos. I will try to post some for every season although I’m very behind for the spring.

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