"That's the challenge," said Munro. "Snow isn't just white. It's grey, misty, textured and reflects the ground and the sky. It all depends on light."
Patience, as with most things in life, is crucial to finding the perfect winter shot.
The potential for winter art is closer than you think. For Munro and others who live in Gairloch and other rural areas, often 30 feet from your home is enough.
"For me personally, I love water colours, especially for winter art. You're able to create a feeling with what's called a wet on wet technique."
"I like the seashore, in particular, Waterside Beach and Caribou Island. My favourite shots are of hay bales, in any season."
"An artist's work is a reflection of their personal view of ordinary things, their hidden beauty and lasting impression," said Munro. "I believe that one of the greatest rewards of painting is an increased awareness of the world around us Prada Cahier Velvet Shoulder Bag
He finds photography and gardening is the right counterbalance to his award winning work in palliative care in the county.
Gerry Farrell has been practising medicine for over 40 years but it may have been his start in the profession that gave way to his interest in photography.
One tool that Farrell has found useful is by switching the photo file from JPEG to RAW, or a combination of both, you can adjust the white balance much easier. With white snow and ice present, the switch can often mean the difference between good and poor quality photos.
Making winter picture perfect
Dan Munro is one of Pictou County's most distinguished artists. A native of Gairloch, he's been surrounded and immersed in nature since the start. His artist statement says it all:
meaning it had for Munro.
One of his well known winter paintings shows what Christmas Eve may have looked like a long time ago in Sherbrooke Village.
"You'll find spectacular winter scenes at brooks, rivers and waterfalls," said Munro while cautioning that the scenes may overwhelm a novice painter. "Icy shadows in the forest are always interesting too."
"It increases the quality Purple Prada Handbag of your shot, without a doubt," said Farrell. "More importantly, read the manual, get familiar with the camera and experiment before the real thing."
For those just starting out, Munro suggests finding a simple subject, such as a blade of grass or weed peeking through the snow.
"It takes a few days of sketches and looking at photographs to put it all together," said Munro. "In painting, I like to work from lights to darks and fill in the mediums and highlights in between."
Farrell notes there are a few helpful hints for any aspiring or expert photographer.
If you able to, he strongly recommends investing in a tripod.
Light was important in his painting of the MacKay gristmill in Lorne. But equally important was the story behind the painting and the Prada Sunglasses Tortoise
What's difficult about winter painting, in contrast to fall or spring is ensuring the light and dark, the values, are present.
He is self taught in the fine art of painting, which has been his vocation for over 20 years. His art reveals his familiarity with the love of Prada Eyeglasses Womens
"Always dress properly when heading out to take photos and be sure to look after your gear once outside," he said. "It's always a good idea to bring extra batteries just in case."
"Sometimes, it means coming back to a location that I think would make a great photo either at daybreak or as the sun sets," said Farrell. "They're the golden hours. I rarely take photos midday."
"I used to be an X ray technician and developed the photos myself," said Farrell. "It started as a hobby but in my later years it's more of a passion."
It's a technique that has served him well in his other winter paintings since winter scenes are often devoid of bright colours. But the absence of colour doesn't necessarily make painting easier.
As a photographer, he finds that there are numerous spots in the county for capturing dramatic imagery.
and respect for the fragile state of our environment."
"I'd worked for Gordon MacKay at the saw mill as a summer job," he said. "It was one of those unforgettable times that I cherish. Having a strong connection with your subject is important in painting."
the Nova Scotia landscape and seacoast.
"If you can do that, you've captured the mood."
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