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A few pointers on how to take photos in the fog


The fog closes a lot of the world off from our eyes. We see only that which stands out and is close by.  We are shielded from everything but the obvious. This creates a mystical and surreal land in which the imagination can truly work overtime. 

On the last foggy day we had, we simply travelled up to the Adelaide hills and drove around Clarendon and Cherry Gardens. Too easy!! 

I took as many photos as I was able and then processed most of them in an editing programme, which converted them to black and white, called Silver Efex. 

A few pointers from The Canadian Nature Photographer.  on how to improve your photos of a foggy landscape. This is a great article if you are interested its a good read.

1. Focus your lens manually as the auto focus function will generally not work in fog
2. Increase your exposure compensation + 1 EV (exposure value, increase exposure 1 F-stop or shutter speed)
3. Use a tripod for steady shots and focus on elements in the foreground
4. Use camera RAW files so you can adjust white balance during processing, otherwise set white balance to cloudy
5. Position an element in the foreground e.g. fence pole, barn or other object to add a sense of depth
6. Avoid using a polarizing filter it will have little effect except to slow down your shutter speed
7. Shoot into the sun and try to find trees or other objects that form shadows that form crepuscular light rays.
8. Check the front of your lens for condensation and wipe if necessary
9. If you are holding your camera without a tripod increase the ISO speed in order to use a faster shutter speed
10. Try fog scenes at night and include some lights for mood... I have not done this but you would need a tripod.
11. Consider converting some of your fog images into black and white or tone them blue

Seldom scene but often mist.
I thought I just might find you here.
Grey grasses on a grey day.
Grey grasses and dewdrops.
Christmas trees in the fog. Cherry Gardens Christmas tree farm.
Vapid tree.
Surrounded by magic.
Sacred tree.
Valley of the white trees.

Ok... grab a cup of coffee and take a look around your home... hmmm which wall needs a beautiful black and white print adorning it?? Seriously a black and white pic on your wall would look awesome!  

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Guest - Leah on Tuesday, 25 June 2019 10:22

Such lovely images Wendy!

Such lovely images Wendy!
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