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Winter Is Coming: See How These Creators Capture Landscapes In The Cold

The term “winter” conjures up images of snowfall, holiday lights, steaming mugs of hot chocolate and so much more. It brings to mind images of snowy mountaintops and pristine, white hills blanketed in snow. Capturing these dreamy images of winter landscapes can be a fun (and sometimes grueling) challenge. From keeping your hands warm to creating interesting compositions, there’s lots to consider when photographing winter landscapes. Check out these Sony shooters on Instagram who are capturing (and sharing) stunning wintry landscapes and images as they face the cold to create photographic magic. Take a look at their work and give them a follow. And for more inspiration and joyful photography content, be sure to follow @SonyAlpha on Instagram.

See how these photographers are facing the cold to create photographic magic, and they're sharing the gear they use to make it happen.

Nate Luebbe – @nateinthewild

Sony Brand Ambassador Nate Luebbe is a photographer, cinematographer, and self-proclaimed nature nerd. Spending loads of time in the backcountry it is a blast to follow Nate on Instagram and see what imagery he comes back with. And we certainly ‘oohed’ with joy over this shot of a penguin in Antarctica! Nate captured this adorable shot on his Sony Alpha 1 and the new Sony 300mm f/2.8 G Master. While the penguin is the start of the show, we also love the beautiful light in the background. All around a perfect image! 

Lana Tannir – @lanatannirphoto

Lana Tannir is a National Geographic 2023 Explorer, science storyteller and internationally-published photographer. As a World Animal Protection and Girls Who Click ambassador, the core of her work centers around conservation photojournalism and nature photography. Coupled with her scientific background in biology, Lana aims to raise awareness and incite positive change by highlighting underrepresented stories and species around the globe. She focuses heavily on Arctic regions, so she is quite the expert on capturing winter shots. Lana shoots with the Sony Alpha 7R IV and an array of Sony lenses including the Sony 70-200mm f/2.8 G Master II and the Sony 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 G.

Sapna Reddy – @sapnareddy

Sapna Reddy is a physician, nature photographer and Sony Brand Ambassador. Her Instagram account is filled with brilliant landscapes from all corners of the Earth. Scrolling through her feed is the perfect way to find idyllic places to photograph. For example, the image below is of Yosemite National Park. Sapna made this image with the Sony Alpha 7R III and the Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 G Master. Check out her Instagram account for more beautiful images and places to explore.

Chris Burkard – @ChrisBurkard

Sony Artisan Chris Burkard is an accomplished explorer, photographer, creative director, speaker, and author. Traveling throughout the year to pursue the farthest expanses of Earth, Burkard works to capture stories that inspire humans to consider their relationship with nature, while promoting the preservation of wild places everywhere. Layered by outdoor, travel, adventure, surf, and lifestyle subjects, Burkard is known for images that are punctuated by untamed, powerful landscapes. He made this stunning image in southern Iceland on the Sony Alpha 7 and the Sony 24-70mm f/4

Autumn Schrock – @autpops

Sony Brand Ambassador Autumn Schrock is a photographer and designer specializing in outdoor lifestyle, travel and landscape photography. Her photography is known for its bright colors and tranquil landscapes/astroscapes, and she goes on one adventure after another to capture such special scenes. This image was made with the Sony Alpha 7R II and Sony 70-200mm f/2.8 G Master II. Learn more from her in Autumn Schrock's 5 Tips For Landscape Photography.

Nate Dodge – @Nate_Dodge

Nate Dodge is a commercial photographer and filmmaker with a niche in the outdoor and adventure industries. His Instagram feed is filled with aesthetically pleasing images including landscapes, shots of fly fishing, and general adventure images. He shoots with the Sony Alpha 7 III and Sony Alpha 7 IV. We loves these shots from a trip he too to Lofton, Norway, they make us feel like we’ve walked into the most adorable Christmas-y town! 

Sarina Pizzala – @sarina_pizzala

Sarina Pizzala is a photographer, writer, and lover of all things outdoors.  She is originally from the flatlands of Minnesota, now a transplant to Seattle. Sarina is inspired by far, remote mountainous places in the cascades and she is an advocate for public lands, Leave No Trace, and taking care of our wild places. Additionally, she is the co-founder and Director of Queer Mountaineers (@queer.mountaineers) an inclusive community of climbers, hikers, alpinists, skiers and more. We love Sarina’s landscape images, she is very skilled with telling stories through images. The image below is so stunning, we almost want to brave the cold and go snow camping! 

Scott Kranz  – @scott_kranz

Scott Kranz is based in Seattle and a Sony Brand Ambassador. His Instagram bio says, “sharing moments from the mountains,” and that’s exactly what you’ll see on his account. Mountaintops peaking through layers of clouds, beautiful lakes tucked in valleys, and views from high above after long treks to get there. Scott has an epic Sony kit that includes (but isn’t limited to) the Sony Alpha 1, Sony Alpha 7S III and the Sony Alpha 7R IV as well as the Sony 24-105mm f/4 G, Sony 70-200mm f/2.8 G Master and the Sony 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 G Master. If you’re looking for more wintry scenes in your Instagram feed, Scott is a must-follow. 

Matt Stirn – @MattStirn

Archaeologist turned photojournalist Matt Stirn has found a special niche in photographing culture and history (you can learn more about that HERE.) In addition to his archeological work, he lives in Jackson, WY helping his family run their dude ranch. As a photographer, Matt captures the beauty of the ranch and his home, at the entrance of Grand Teton National Park with his Sony Alpha 1. We love this shot of a cowboy riding through the snow in front of a backdrop of snow-painted mountains. 

Morgan Heim – @moheim

Morgan Heim is a conservation photographer and filmmaker. She’s a Senior Fellow with the International League of Conservation Photographers and co-founder of Her Wild Vision Initiative, an organization aimed at raising the voices of diverse women in the craft of conservation visual storytelling. Her work focuses on wildlife-human coexistence. She recently published a story in Smithsonian magazine on Svalbard reindeer, how they are being impacted by climate change and warming temperatures, and the research biologists are doing with this species. Read the full article HERE.


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