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Hitting the road during the winters can make your trip seem like nothing short of a magical adventure. There’s just something about driving through the roads, with snow capped mountains and trees on both sides that makes you want to keep going, and if that’s what you’ve got planned, here’s helping you take things up a notch.
Get in your truck, Jeep, or minivan and go. Nature is at its prime when it’s cold and snow crested. For those that love trying new things, take your phone and start your own winter photo album. Wait until you see the results.
Often when I visualize an area for photos, I think not too far, yet far enough. This time, let’s visit Waterford, PA. The area is visually pleasing and offers a host of wintertime fun. Get those tires ready, pack up those trucks, Jeeps and minivans, and rev up the kids’ imaginations, it’s time to road trip.
Keep reading to discover the 4 best places to take winter photos when road tripping so that you can enjoy the weather.
4 Best Places to Take Winter Photos When Road Tripping in Waterford, Pennsylvania
Before any great trip, there’s a bit of planning. Now, if you are one of the lucky people to live close enough to Waterford, PA, you truly have a backyard of beauty. I am a bit jealous, as for me it’s a bit of a road trip, but, so worth it.
First, I believe it’s about knowing which vehicle to drive in the snow. You all get a lot of snow, lol! Having attended Edinoboro, I know what it gets like up there, and brrr is all I can say. What else do I know? The winters-cape you have is mind-boggling.
It’s impossible to appreciate what you have in your own backyard, so I’ll do the ogling for you!
Photo Tips 101
Remember that when you’re taking your photography skills up a notch during the winter, you protect your equipment from damage. It makes sense to carry some easy seal bags that help you store your devices.
Easy seal bags, help prevent moisture condensation during the transition from warm to cold temperatures. Also, carry with you a pair of gloves since you’ll not be clicking photos in normal conditions, and keeping your fingers toasty and warm will obviously help you click better photos.
Mountains are where you’ll find everything- the snow-covered peaks, the breathtakingly beautiful valleys, the green forests and the expanse of the sky. That’s exactly why the next time you’re traveling by car, make them your subject of photography!
The snow and frost can actually create a lot of drama, and if you’ve got a keen eye, you can actually observe a lot, and also play a lot with your photography skills.
Forests & Woods
The Waterford area has Asbury Woods close by and this is the perfect day-tripping destination for the photographer in you. Ready to create a new portfolio? Let the sunshine on and let the snow glisten. Nature is as gorgeous as a backdrop.
If you’re going camping or driving through a forest-lined road, you can capture some really gorgeous photos that give you loads of memories to take back. The best thing about winter photos in the snow, and if it is snowing, don’t forget to capture photos of the falling snow as well! Play with the light sneaking in through the trees too!
If you’re using a DSLR camera, you can make use of long exposure to slow down the snowflakes and take beautiful photos. Adjusting your white balance and exposure together also really makes a difference.
For instance, Lake LeBoeuf in Waterford Township. Here’s a great place to travel to and snap those photos. Water landscapes look exceptionally serene during the winter.
If you are lucky enough to witness the beauty of Lake LeBoeuf spend a bit of time capturing photos there! Remember to use a polarizer to reduce the glare and get some stunning photos to bring back with you.
Hopefully, when you see Lake LeBoeuf it will be frozen and then the fun begins. If it’s frozen over, you can also capture some great details and reflections.
While everything around you changes to white during the winters, if there’s the only constant, it is the sky! When you’re road tripping, don’t forget to take pictures of the sky, especially during the sunrise and sunset! Look for different clouds and other cloud phenomenons and capture loads of photos!
Presque Isle Park is perfect for sky watching photos. The air is clear and beautiful and winter is still on your doorstep. What are you waiting for? If you happen to have a truck, let the tailgate down, blanket up, shoot the camera to the stars.
Date night is needed, so take some popcorn and cocoa and enjoy the sky. Fresh. Fabulous. Outdoor fantastic.
It’s All About Getting There
No matter what you choose to photo, it’s all about getting there. If you are really into winter photos, you should consider a Jeep, as it tackles the terrain like no one’s business.
Also, consider trucks as tailgates allow you the ability to lay on your back and photo up. Visit your local Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge Dealer for all the details to see what best fits your lifestyle. Enjoy the trip. ~ Dana XO