iN PHOTOS: Kamloops, Okanagan residents not quite out of Old Man Winter's grasp

Oakley and Jasper enjoy the snow, March 6, in Armstrong.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/ Barb Obonsawin

Despite the snow early Saturday morning, Kamloops and Okanagan locals are remaining cheerful.

Residents from around the valley submitted their favourite winter-themed photos as they wait for the first day of spring on March 19.

Taken at Hyas Lake.
Taken at Hyas Lake.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/Curtis Mitchell

Image Credit: SUBMITTED/Jennifer Mervyn

In Kelowna and Vernon, there is currently a 40 per cent chance of flurries predicted for Sunday, according to Environment Canada, with temperatures reaching a high of 6 C.

Penticton may see sunnier skies with a mix of sun and cloud and a high of 7 C on Sunday. Kamloops will also see spring-like weather with a mix of sun and cloud and a high of 5 C.

Taken in Penticton.
Taken in Penticton.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/Lynn Cooke

Taken in Chase.
Taken in Chase.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/Larry Buckton




















READ MORE: A photographer's how to guide to spot the Northern Lights in the Okanagan

Want to take better photos? Here are a few suggestions.

Resist the temptation to centre the subject, suggests Rob Simpson, an instructor in nature photography at Lord Fairfax College in Middletown, Virginia. Think of your photo as a tic-tac-toe board, and place the subject in one of the off-centre thirds of the space. "It's going to make the photo more pleasing to the eye," he said. "It gives it balance."

Before you shoot, scan the edges of your picture for buildings, outdoor furniture or other things that could distract from your subject.

Often, outdoor photos come out better on cloudy days or when the sun is not directly overhead, Simpson says. The soft light that comes through on an overcast day will not cast harsh shadows, and may result in a more even exposure and better details.

"People love sunlight, but it's not the right light for every subject," Tharp says. "For intimate views of nature, opt for soft or diffused light."

For landscape photos, however, sunlight can add drama. Consider shooting in the warm light found in early morning or late afternoon when the angle of the sun is low.

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