Fog is a photographer’s best friend

And we don’t hang out enough.

The other day I literally made myself go out in the morning before the fog burned off. I left it too late (of course…I’m so damn lazy) and didn’t get as much as I wanted to, but it was a productive 90 minutes. Next time I’ll move my ass earlier.

The rush to belong

This next one looks like I used a sepia or similar kind of treatment in post-processing, but I didn’t. I tweaked the white balance/color temperature a bit to bring up the golden-brown richness, but that was it. Both these shots are handheld, too, which not something I do a lot of anymore, but since it was pretty bright and I knew the images wouldn’t be wicked crisp or have lots of depth of field because of the fog, I left the tripod in the car. This little marsh (which even has some resident beavers) is just down the road from me and on the backside of the airport and next to an auto salvage yard. It’s a popular fishing spot, too. People just park and stand on the side of the road. Pretty amazing it’s not a poisoned mess by now.

Ode to Sorrow

As I said, I didn’t move my ass fast enough and so a lot of the fog in the forest had already burned off. In my drive around I noticed that some areas burn off much faster than others. Even shallow depressions in the overall landscape hold fog much longer. I should have checked out a couple cemeteries, but as I said, I was lazy. Not so lazy that I didn’t use the tripod for this one –

Corridors of Power

Confession time.

Sometimes even though I call myself a photographer, I don’t see all the time. I look, but I don’t see. There’s a difference.

In my town we have a lot of apple orchards. So many that you can hardly drive anywhere without passing lots and lots of trees. I see them all the time and I’ve even shot in an orchard or two, but I never realized what great foliage they have. As a nature photographer (with a cemetery fixation, sure) I often ignore man-made landscapes. Stupid. At least in this case. Just because it’s not a natural landscape doesn’t mean it can’t be beautiful. Leaves on the trees, fog in the air, frost on the grass – what’s not to love?


Sorry I haven’t been more productive lately. The camera went in the shop for a while and the new job eats into my shooting time. I hope once spring has sprung that I’ll be out and about more. I do miss it even though I’m pretty busy most of the time now. Thanks for hanging in there with me.


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  1. I was out an’ about today; no fog, windy, mixed clouds and blue sky; cold! Left my tripod at home unthinkingly and had to borrow one. Got some pictures I liked and then brought them home and didn’t like them any more. I am in a quandary. I think I have a good eye but the technical stuff is coming into my practice so slowly… I went home and have been nursing my physical self. Did not like the cold!

    I liked your fog pictures, and I agree, it is a great time to shoot, when its foggy, and just before we get ourselves outside.

    1. Thanks Karen. Like anything, they key is practice, practice, practice. The more you shoot, the better you’ll get and the more the technical stuff will make sense. Unless you’re naturally techy, it can be mystifying. Don’t let it get you down.

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