How I captured the beauty of a winter's day using abstract photography in nature


'Everything is shining in the winter sun'

Ricky Ross, 'Radio On'


Abstract images. Love them or hate them? My nearest and dearest is not a fan and it often dissuades me from attempting the art. Today was one of those days when the sun finally came out again after a week of hibernation, and so I set off with camera in hand and a need to capture nature in some form.



Near my house is the Moor Pool, Harborne, where I can often be found watching birds, squirrels and the changing of the seasons. Today, sporting my wildlife lens, the birds seemed to taunt me with a constant chorus, always just out of view. I stood for a while and observed the water. It was alive with the golden-green shimmer of plants in the winter sun, reflected in the water to create quite magical images that scattered and dispersed in a constant mirage of light and life.


I raised my camera and observed the rectangular view of small segments of the pool. At f/8 my Canon EF100-400 lens was capturing selectively focussed images of the beautiful scene. I experimented with various shutter speeds, keeping an eye on the exposure while changing the focus mode from auto to manual so that I could focus on the surface of the water and so capture exactly what I was witnessing. How refreshing it can be when you use a lens in a different way to normal! I was captivated to see the patterns come alive as the winter breeze accelerated and then slowed the motion of the water. It was quite magical.


An hour flew by, as it always does when you immerse yourself completely in nature and allow it to work its magic.


At the end of the session I was left with images that I felt truly distilled the vibrancy of a blue-skied winter’s day with the trees and foliage of the surrounds making their presence felt, determined to thrive during the closing of the year.


I have included some of the images in the gallery above. Very little editing has been done to them. See what you think. I’d love to hear your thoughts. What methods do you use to capture abstract images, and what do you choose to shoot?


Angela