In the Northeast US, February is solidly winter and we know that at some point in April, we’ll see flowers. March, on the other hand, is an enigma. Though the days are getting longer and spring is on the calendar, the temperatures can often remain below freezing. Having a few feet of snowpack (like we had this year) makes it hard for the ground beneath to thaw and for spring to gain a foothold. That said, there are plenty of years when we’ve seen 65 degrees on St. Patrick’s day and buds on the trees in March…unfortunately this was not one of them 🙂
“My favorite season for photography in the Northeast is always the next”
2015 was a tough winter. As a photographer, the snowy scenes I encounter daily, while beautiful, were starting to wear on me. I’ve been wishing for some warmth and green in the landscape. I’m optimistic that will come soon, but for March I worked with what I was given and tried to capture it as artistically as possible.
I usually share these photos on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Google+, along with camera, lens and exposure info. Make sure to give me a follow on any of those networks to see what I’m posting throughout the month. These were all taken with the Olympus OM-D E-M5. Enjoy!
This stand of trees is nestled in between Route 299 and the exit for the NY State Thruway in New Paltz, NY. I’ve photographed it before, but never in winter. I drive past the area daily, and the beautiful trees silhouetted against the deep blue of a winter sunset had been tempting me to stop. I finally gave in, pulled over and captured a few frames.
I shot this at 1/100th of a second. That’s one of the fun things about shooting a silhouetted landscape scene like this at dusk. If there’s enough light in the sky it can easily can be done without a tripod, since you’re exposing for the bright part of the scene, rather than the trees.
Nothing says “first day of Spring” like icebergs on the Hudson and a snowstorm! Even though it was freezing, I find the sights and sounds of the ice flowing on the river to be extremely calming.
Most of the ice on the Hudson River has been breaking up, and except for a few nights that are still going below freezing, I think we’re (finally) on course for a very gradual warm up. On a day towards the end of the month on the way to work, I made a quick stop at the river to grab a few shots. This is an interesting spot where I wouldn’t be able to get the same shot once it gets warmer, as the entire foreground becomes a floating dock filled with dozens of boats.
Early morning fog is something that will get a landscape photographer up, out of bed and excited to shoot. When I saw that this was in the forecast one morning, I knew I needed to stop by the Walkway over the Hudson to see how the river was coping with its thaw. I was bit late in my arrival and assumed that the fog would have burned off, but it was quite the opposite. A thick soup hung over the river pushing any thoughts of bridge photography out of my head. Nevertheless, it was still a beautiful morning, with the Walkway vanishing into the fog on both ends as I got out to the middle. No landscape shots were taken that morning, but the fog made for more than a few fun photos.
I’m adding this one shot at the end as it’s a personal one and a favorite March photo of mine for a couple of reasons. First, my wife and I are expecting a boy this July! 🙂 Second, this was taken with the Olympus 25mm f/1.8 prime lens. I think the quality, clarity, colors and background separation (this was shot at f/2) of this lens are STELLAR. I’ll be reviewing it here at Less Gear || More Photos soon. In my opinion, it should be in every micro four thirds shooter’s kit.
What’s your favorite season for photography? Are you looking forward to spring as much as I am? Let me know in the comments!