Landscape photographers often use fog to help them create wonderful, moody images. You’ve likely seen one of those arresting photographs of a single tree shrouded by fog standing silently in a field.
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We can use fog in our river and lake images to good effect as well. Under the right conditions heavy fog can look like it has melded with the surface of the water to create a surreal image where the shoreline, dock or a tree looks like it is in a suspended state.
Our eyes and minds usually try to interpret an image based on what we’ve seen in the past and when we have the opportunity to blur reality where water and fog form a seamless background it can produce some interesting effects.
Challenging a viewer with an altered sense of reality where the start and end of surfaces are unclear can create a unique kind of engagement.
The early spring and late fall are times of the year when nature gives us the best opportunities for these kinds of images since fog is most prevalent and the leaves are often off the trees. This helps create an eerie stillness in these types of images.
Using the ‘rule of thirds’ as in the above image can really accentuate the mood in these types of photographs.
All of the images in this article were taken with a Nikon D800 and the new Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 VC wide angle zoom lens.
This new lens from Tamron will be of special interest to landscape and real estate photographers. I’m in the early stages of preparing my hands-on review but so far I’ve really enjoyed shooting with this lens. Auto-focusing has been fast and accurate and the lens handles well. Like the Nikkor 16-35 mm f/4 the Tamron 15-30 mm f/2.8 features vibration control which should extend its hand-holding capability quite a bit.
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