Shooting in the Fog

The forecast was good, partly sunny with only a very slight chance of rain.  It wasn’t to be.  The wisps of fog began showing up on the highway when I was about 25 miles from home.  When I got to the tiny town of Maysville a short time later, the fog was getting serious.  I thought about turning back, but  overhead, I could see the first quarter moon moving in and out of the clouds.  Besides, I figured, while I had ventured out on many a foggy morning back on the farm and gotten some decent shots, I could not remember shooting in the fog while on the beach. Suffice to say, I wasn’t disappointed.

At first light, I saw the first quarter moon and I started to think that maybe, the fog would clear off revealing a decent day, but less than 5 minutes later, the fog had gobbled up the moon. Below, was the scene at sunrise.

Any hope of a glorious sunrise on the beach was dashed.  I decided to see what i could do with some shots of the barrier dunes and that’s when I discovered I wasn’t alone on the beach.

I rather liked the shot and immediately thought of a title, “Solitary Refinement.”  As the morning wore on, the sky began to brighten and I worked on a few artistic views of the dune grass.  This was my favorite of the morning:

The light was coming on fast and by 9:30 the shadows were begging to wane. I decided to  head to Beaufort 16 miles up the coast to grab some shots along the Front Street Docks.  By the time I arrived, it was a gorgeous day.  I’ll post some of those views next time. See you then. Have a great weekend and a good week ahead.

Fog at Sunrise 2


The thick fog that has been forming toward the dawn for the past few weeks has been yielding some rather surreal views across the rural landscape.  Worthy I thought of posting a couple of additional shots.

Getting into position to take these shots has been an adventure unto itself.  I came within a hair of smashing my face into one of these utility poles feeling my way up the path in the foreground.  The fog was so dense it was like walking through gray cotton.   No filters or tricky processing here. Just raw images converted in Adobe Photoshop. By 9:30 or 10 in the morning, the fog has burned off as the summer heat begins another trip into the high 90’s.  Thanks for the look and have a good week.  See you next time.

In the Fog at Sunrise

I do a lot of rural and farm photography.  For one thing, it’s where I am and for another, I’ve found a a bit of a market for it.  I’m often drawn by what is growing the fields.  I suppose cotton is the most photogenic of the crops grown in Eastern North Carolina with Tobacco running a distant second.  There’s just something magical about a big field of pure white cotton at dawn.   As for Tobacco, I find it quite photogenic when it begins to ripen and flower.  Soybeans have little appeal for me until their foliage begins to turn and the beans ripen to a golden brown. I seldom venture into a corn field except to photograph the stalks left in the field in the fall.  The less traditional crops here, Sunflowers, Peonies etc will always get my immediate and undivided attention.

Primarily though, I’m drawn by the weather and the sky condition at dawn.  A foggy morning will always find me in the field, regardless of what is growing there……even if it’s nothing but weeds

On this particular morning, I was blessed with an interesting sunrise, a healthy crop of tobacco and fog.

That’s tobacco on the left side of the service road, cotton to the right and in the far distance, field corn. The fog, which has begun to burn off, gives the colors a bit of a pop like that of a polarizer. I use no filters when shooting on a foggy morning.  I particularly avoid any haze filters and obviously have no need for a polarizer.  So next time you encounter a foggy morning out in the boonies, get up, get out there and grab a little magic.  Thanks for the visit. Have a good week. See you next time.

Photo Of The Day: Requiem For Sunflowers

Requiem  For Sunflowers

This has a rather haunting quality about it I think.  Look close and you can just barely make out the golden disc of the Sun coming from behind a cloud and burning through the fog.  We always leave the last crop of Sunflowers for the wildlife which explains the dead sunflower stalks still standing in the field. Click on the photograph for a larger view.   Thanks for the Visit and have a great evening.  Nikon D700/ 18-35mm lens



If there were such a word as “mistification”  It would be well suited to describing this shot of a misty dawn in the field here on the farm earlier this month.    Mist, fog or as some of the old timers here call it, ground smoke, is an everday thing during the cooler months.  I say cooler months  because we ceased having honest to goodness winters here about three years ago.   Warm days and chilly mornings equals fog.   It makes for marvelous fun with the camera.   The fog or mist acts as a natural polarizer  tweaking the hues of the early morning light.  For a better look, click on the photograph. Thanks for the visit and have a Great Evening.

Soybean Soup: The price of Fog

soybean SoupS

Soupy fog in the soybean field at dawn.  Low lying morning fog is pretty much an  everyday thing here because of the ocean, the nearby wetlands or both which is to say fog is almost always local.    Fog, by the way, is distinguished from mist only by its intensity.

Speaking of fog,  if you breathe on your lens to fog it up before  cleaning,  a warning from the folks at Nikon.  Nikon Rumors reports the company has put out a warning that human breath can contain harmful acids which can damage the coating on your lens.  It figures that Nikon ought to know. After all, they are an optical company.    It got me to wondering about breathing on one’s glasses before cleaning them with a lens cloth or your necktie or whatever.  I’ve known for a long time that human sweat can damage the coatings on eye glass lens but I’ve never heard anything about not breathing on them.    I had to have lenses in my glasses replaced a couple of years ago  because sweat from my brow got on them.  Suffice to say it wasn’t cheap, but it was probably pocket change compared to losing a big slr camera lens. Some pros tote around huge telephotos that weigh in at 6 thousand dollars or more.  Most Nikon lenses are north of 600 bucks.  The really fast lenses carry tags of a thousand or more.   A  Bottom line: watch what you breath on.  Have a Great Sunday Evening Everbody