This time of year, the weather can really get you down photography wise. The days are short, and there just doesn't seem like there is anything worth shooting, because everything is dead outside.
This is the perfect time to pull out that macro lens!!!
When you pop on the macro lens, a whole new world opens up to you! I'm serious here, normal becomes spectacular. Ice and snow just make it all that much better. Most of the time, you only need to go a few feet to get a whole new "world".
You are going to need a few things for this type of work. First off is the obvious, a macro lens of some type. You can also pick up close up filters, or extension tubes, depending on your budget. Next up is a sturdy tripod. This is a must. With macro photography, you have a very shallow depth of field, so you will need to be stopped down to f16, or higher. Even at these f-stops, you will have a very shallow depth of field. This means long shutter speeds, and maybe even high iso's.
Recently, we had this amazing freezing rain storm come through. I knew it would be magic for macro work. My day got away from me, and I was shooting these as the sun was going down. Sort of dusk on a cloudy day. So the light wasn't too bright. I bumped up my iso to 3200 and shot most of these shots at several second exposures. All these shots were taken a few feet from each other. Anyone want to guess where or what the subject was?
My new Fiat!!! I literally walked around the car and shot. Sort of magical, really. Ice and a car and beautiful images.
So the next time you can't find anything to shoot, just get closer!!