Winter’s grasp has begun to sprawl across parts of Northwestern Ontario. Some meet this fist of frost with a grimace of dread, but if you wield a camera and the will to shoot, you should think twice about hibernating this winter.
Here are six reasons to put your woolies on and make your way to Ontario’s Sunset Country this winter for all things photography.
However, with shorter days and a lazy sun hanging tight to the horizon, "golden hour" becomes golden days, and the light produced will keep you outside shooting until the sun fully sets. Cloudy outside? No problem—overcast skies are nature’s light-box. Fresh, even light all over, instead of harsh shadows you’d get shooting in the middle of long summer days.
I’d recommend shooting landscapes or portraits in this lighting. Even the most everyday objects, or animals such as chickadees, are enchanting in this light—so don’t be afraid to try your hand at lifestyle or documentary photography.
Northern Lights and Dark Skies
Once you’ve had your overwhelming fill of mystical light during the day, give yourself a break. Put the kettle on, dry your socks, and charge your batteries. After a few hours of rest, you’ll want to be back outside looking for clear skies and, of course, the ultimate bucket list sight, Aurora Borealis.
With limited light pollution in Ontario’s Sunset Country, all you really need to do is get yourself outside of town and look north... or east, or west, or south. That’s right: in this part of the province, the northern lights can be found in every direction.