• In winter, snow can produce layers/dimensions of a picture that cannot be seen without the snow.  In the image below the heavy, newly-fallen snow contrasts with the dark, wet tree trunks. This leads your eye down the path looking toward the end wondering where the trail leads.

    Also in winter, going outside to create pictures has a different concept for the term “layers”.  I am talking about clothing layers.  Living in Ohio brings cold weather that can be dangerous if not properly dressed for.

    When I was out taking pictures in winter I usually start with a base layer of thermal underwear pants and turtle-neck shirt that wicks moisture away from our bodies.  Next I wear another layer of a warm shirt and pants. Lastly, is a heavy coat and Gore-Tex pants or coveralls.  Usually I am not hiking several miles so the bulkiness does not bother me.

    For my feet I layer as well, starting with a pair of wool-blend wicking socks, then a pair of thick wool socks before sticking my feet inside insulated waterproof boots.

    To keep my fingers warm and usable for camera functions, I wear a pair of thin insulated leather work gloves and I carry a pair of microfiber liner gloves to use inside the outer gloves for added warmth.  I have found that sometimes I will use the microfiber gloves when operating the camera because I am able to feel the control dials better than with the leather gloves.

    To top off my head, I carry a stocking hat and a headband.  When I am walking around looking for my shots, I typically get warm with heat coming off my head and use the headband to allow the heat out keeping myself from sweating too much.  Once I stop to set up a picture to create, I switch to the stocking hat to now keep my heat in while standing still.

    So in winter time, layers can help you create images that otherwise would not exist without the snow contrasting in the scene; and layers are also important to keeping us warm by the way we place clothing while we are out taking the pictures.

    I would like to know how you layer to keep warm in the winter.  Leave a comment in the section below please.