One of my favourite subjects to photograph in winter is ice. The crystals that form on windows on the coldest nights are a wonder to behold. They seem to have a life of their own quite different to the six-sided shapes of snowflakes.

Every time the ice crystals melt and re-freeze, a new pattern of intricate beauty emerges. I grab my camera, set the lens to its macro setting, and search for a composition that pleases my eye.

Usually crystal patterns exhibit very subtle tones and require some additional editing to add some contrast and accentuate the designs. Sometime the colours that the camera capture aren’t important and the image looks better in black and white.

When you’re out on a cold day, take a stroll along the shoreline of a creek or pond and look for the designs that the frozen water makes. The bubbles that form below the icy surface can be excellent subjects for photography.