After the earliest heavy snowfall for a long time, and its subsequent thaw, it looks like the UK is heading back to the depths of winter and possibly a rare white Christmas too. However this sort of weather frustrates me!

I’m lucky enough to live near three major National Parks – the North York Moors, the Yorkshire Dales and the Peak District – but getting out into them in the snowy weather can be all but impossible. Landscapes covered in snow and with the stormy winter light can be just amazing to photograph. However the challenge is getting to some of them when even the main roads are struggling to stay clear of ice and snow! So instead we have to rely on those with rugged off road 4×4’s or those living and farming in these areas to get the shots we wish we could have taken (such as the 2010 Countryfile Calendar winner).

Last year some friends were brave enough to venture North to Fountains Abbey, and kind enough to offer me a lift. This year, assuming the snow hangs around long enough I intend to do my up-most to get out there – by whatever means possible – and take some winter landscapes.

And talking of snowy landscapes and winter light there’s a new Craft and Vision book out by Michael Frye!

In this latest book – Light & Land – he takes you step-by-step as he processes five different images in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. Michael covers his workflow and he explains why particular techniques are used,and the aesthetic judgements behind each decision — how a certain amount of contrast conveyed the vision, or why too much saturation muddied the colour rather than enhanced it.

As always if you use the promotional code LAND4 when you checkout you can get Land & Light for only $4 OR you can use the code LAND20 to get 20% off when you buy 5 or more eBooks from the Craft & Vision collection. These codes expire at 11:59pm PST December 19th, 2010 (check your timezone here).