Did you ever notice how fog in the springtime is one of nature’s little contradictions? Almost like spots on the sun or bright moonlight at midnight, it’s something that really doesn’t quite fit. Allow me to explain.
When people think of spring they think of colorful, happy-sunny bright days and cool nights. Not fog. Never fog. Fog is something that is supposed to happen in the winter, when everybody’s all melancholy and such. But, fog does happen in the springtime. Every now and again, some years more than others, the fog comes when it’s supposed to be all bright, sunny, and cheery out. That blue sky turns gray and we start to wonder if summer is really going to show up at all. It’s there though, lurking off in the distance-letting old man winter have one last gasp of breath before the seasons roll yet again.
Does it get foggy where you live? Some photographers hate fog-they just don’t know what to do with it. It’s like a shroud that covers our otherwise bright days. Others, I happen to fall into this category, love shooting in the fog. Though it doesn’t last too long (typically) I love the sullen cast it spills out over the earth-how even the fresh buds of spring and the “new” green looks apprehensive under the blanket of fog and gray. Fog at night can be especially cool too.
Maybe there’s something important about shooting or learning to shoot in different conditions-learning how to work the land, earth, sky, and light so that you can make the most of what’s out there on any given day. Maybe, but, then again, maybe it’s just a fun thing to do-get a different look thanks to all that fog. I like to think though it’s important to be able to make the most of any given shooting situation. Sure, shooting in fog gives you a specific “look” and, frankly, at the time, that might not be the look you’re going for, but I think you should take it. Take what nature gives you and make the most of it. I mean, isn’t that what photography’s all about anyway?
Until next time…