Winter Etchings

A rare snowfall in the Brazos Valley area of Texas presented me with an opportunity to focus on the the graphic, elegant starkness of the winter scenes. When creating a winter composition, the landscape provides many graphic design elements.

The dark wood of bare trees contrasts with ice and snow to reveal stark shapes in subtle monochromatic tones. The lines of grass and shrub, ice and fallen leaves display themselves in a simple, elegant design like a drawing or etching.

Winter photography offers options at all scales. While winter scenes display less color than other seasons, their monochromatic qualities lend themselves to fine art images. Winter weather may provide more interesting and dramatic skies with ominous clouds or clearing storms, which work especially well with broad scenics. The snow-covered branches of the trees in a nearby park provided the graphic elements I searched for, with lines, shapes and shadows.