Your photos, our favourites: Winter in low light

This month we challenged you to wrap up warm and make the most of low winter light to create some amazing images. We asked the photographers behind three of our favourite photos to share the stories behind them.

Crepusculo by Javier Pavia Barajas

“I took this photo on a mountain called Floyen overlooking Bergen, Norway. It’s one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions. I like to get out with my Canon when it snows, but had never ventured this far before. I was a little lost as I climbed higher towards the sun with my camera.

I like to make these trips alone to help me concentrate and focus on my image. Despite the cold weather my trip was certainly worth it to get this shot over the city which looks beautiful in the winter light.”

Wolf in de mist by Marga Straver

“This photo was taken at Biotop Wildlife Park in Germany near the village of Vehlingen. The park around the lake is home to many European wild animals, such as wolves, elks, bisons and lynxes, living in their natural habitats.

It was January and the weather was bad. It had been raining and there was a lot of fog. There were five wolves among the trees. Suddenly one jumped on a fallen old tree. Thankfully I captured this image from my hiding place where I had been waiting all day to get the right shot.

Because of the low light I had to use a longer shutter speed and a higher ISO than normal. I hope to come back in spring when the weather and light is better. One of the wolves was pregnant so perhaps when I see them again they’ll have cubs!”

Mountain Church by Guillermo Garcia

“Iceland is a paradise for lovers of night photography. Getting to see and photograph the Aurora Borealis in a natural setting is an experience I will never forget. I photographed this in November on a night when auroras were not forecast. It was taken at the foot of Kirkjufell, near the town of Grundarfjörður Lake.

The moon was nearly full and the sky was clear. I opted for a simple composition with cracked ice in the foreground and the mountain in the center. At around 11pm, I noticed a green spot in the sky becoming gradually visible. I felt incredibly excited as the dawn began to gain intensity and length, creating an almost perfect arc over the Kirkjufell.

To capture the movement of the aurora, I used manual mode, with a 2.5 second exposure at f/2.8 aperture and ISO 3200.”

Try this month’s challenge

Guillermo, Marga and Javier have captured the beauty of low light in their images. We want to see the world through your lens, so why not take part in this month’s photo challenge? Grab your camera, explore your city, and upload here.