Tuesday, July 16, 2013


One of the concomitants of our steamy midsummer weather has been occasional morning fog, and today was no exception.  As I did a couple of weeks ago, I decided I needed to get out there with my camera before the sun burned off the fog.  I was a bit later this time (a little before 6 a.m.) and the sun was a little stronger.  But there was no wind and there was still significant fog at Virmond Park, my "go to" place for these situations.  Here are a few of the shots that I got.

This first image is of a lakeside yard on the way to the park.  Not of the greatest technical quality, but I was attracted by the robust sunlit fog, particularly on the right side of the image.

I actually cropped this shot down, as there was a truck parked to the right of the outbuilding.  Its hood still shows on the far right of the image, but is not recognizable in silhouette.

On to the park where I took a few "weed" shots that were available because the air was calm.

In the above shot, I thought it was important to include enough of the dark weeds at base of the image to provide a foundation.  And in the following shot, I used a wide-open aperture to keep the weeds in focus burt not the background.  I probably could have used a narrower aperture and created a bit more definition in the background.

I particularly liked the following shot.  Even though this shot is nearly monochromatic, the saturation varies with distance, providing a nice sense of depth.  This was shot at an aperture of f/11 at 1/200th second.

And here are a couple of shots that show some definition in the light streaming through the fog.

In this last shot, which I realize has been done a million times, I positioned the sun behind the tree to avoid blowing out the image.

Finally, the following shot reveals enough fog to distinguish the foreground trees from those in the background, again creating depth.  I just wish the utility pole were not in the image on the left.

Fog provides a number of advantages.  It reduces background distractions; it helps to create depth; and it eliminates shadows, softening the quality of the light.


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