WRC Trail Speaker Series – Winter Photography Talk with Walt Calahan

Join photographer Walt Calahan as he walks along the WRC Trail focusing on winter photography tips. Don’t miss this informative program to get your outside winter photos looking professional in no time!!

Cell Phone Photography Class at Carroll Community College, class starts on Wednesday, April 8th and meets for 3 Wednesday sessions till April 22. The time is 7-9 PM. Cost: $77.











Key Points

  • Dress for the Weather, wear layers
  • Water, dehydration can happen even in winter
  • Wear GLOVES!
  • Correct footwear, no one likes cold wet feet.
  • Extra Batteries
  • Gadgets are great, but pack light


Winter is a great time to photograph outside, or as the great sage of photography once said
“Bad weather makes for great photos.” All it takes is a little preparation. First we must respect the environment. Always hike the Washington Road Community Trail witha partner. Hypothermia is always a possibility in winter, so have a partner who can go get help if
you are injured.

Dress for the weather. Wet feet is the first step to potential disaster.
Bring water. Dehydration is a concern in the winter as much as it is on a hot summer day.
Batteries. Nothing stops winter photography in its tracks faster than dead camera batteries.
Always bring spares.

A clean lens. Bring a soft cotton bandana to clean your lens from the elements. While you are at
it, carry a small plastic bag to cover your camera if it starts raining or snowing.

The WRC Trail is a rich visual experience, but in the winter it is usually more muted than in the
spring, summer and fall. The subtle colors, along with how the low winter light shapes the
landscape, is a great opportunity for quality photographs, but as another great sage once said
“The mind can only see what it is prepared to see.” So do some research before hitting the trail.
Know what type of flora and fauna to expect in the winter. Get a weather report before arriving
so you are prepared for changes in light from the strong graphics that interplay with a bright
sunny day, to the pastels of tone on a cloudy day.

And slow down. Take your time because walking the WRC Trail is not a race. Look up and look
down. Some of the best images are literally under our noses. Winter is a great time for macro
photography, so get in very very close to uncover patterns that are missed when rushing to the
next bend in the trail.

In winter, I tend to not want to carry all the lenses I own, but instead stick to one lens that can
set the tone of how the photographs can be shaped. By limiting yourself to only one lens per trip
to the WRC Trail you will train your mind to see like that lens when the camera is not up to your
eye. This way you will be more reactive to photographic possibilities before you bring the
camera to your face.

Make a photographic game while on the WRC Trail. Walk with a watch with a sweep second
hand, and make yourself take a picture every 60 seconds. This way you’ll will train your mind to
actively think ahead for possibilities before they happen. Not every image will be a winner, but
you greatly increase your odds at making a compelling photograph when you are activity
thinking about opportunities instead of passively reacting after the fact.

– Walt Calahan



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