Foggy Fall


This image has an interesting story. I was at a favorite location but disappointed with the foggy conditions. I waited, and waited for the dense fog to lift, but it never did. Trying to practice what I preach, I let go of my expectations of vibrant reflections in the lake, and shifted my thinking to be open to what was there. I found this colorful stand of trees and fell in love with the mood the fog created. Another right answer!

As a side note, be careful when setting your black and white point in this type of image. It is easy to overdo the black point which will eliminate the mood of the fog. For this image I backed off of my black point with purpose to make sure the mood was retained.

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  1. Rich Lewis November 3, 2014 at 8:12 am #

    There is always a photograph somewhere if we open up to it. Great tip on the black and white points. A perfect histogram is not always the right histogram.

    • JB November 3, 2014 at 7:37 am #

      Amen Rich.

  2. Luna Lovegood November 3, 2014 at 8:15 am #


    • JB November 3, 2014 at 7:37 am #

      Thanks Luna

  3. Penelope November 3, 2014 at 7:25 am #

    Glad you made this image JB! To me, fog adds a sense of mystery to the story.

    • JB November 3, 2014 at 7:37 am #

      Hey P! Yup, I too love fog and look to shoot it all the time… its interesting though how we or I become so locked into our expectation for a particular scene which often blind me/us from another right answer.

  4. Donna November 3, 2014 at 8:50 am #

    Often a block for me is letting go of expectations and opening up for “the gift” instead. Thank you for the reminder John!

    • JB November 3, 2014 at 9:09 am #

      A problem for me all the time Donna and thus the reason I need to write about it often! 🙂

  5. Barbara K November 3, 2014 at 9:49 am #

    Fog removes chaos from a scene. Lovely, JB. Love the mood. Same thing happened to me at Portland Head. I wanted a sunset! Haha

  6. Felice November 3, 2014 at 12:09 pm #

    So pretty!
    So glad you surprised yourself and came up with this beauty. You can’t beat fog for moody images.

    • JB November 3, 2014 at 12:14 pm #

      I do love fog too! The surprise was that I liked it for colorful foliage images too!

  7. Victoria November 3, 2014 at 6:24 pm #

    Love the mood here, JB… sensational! 🙂

    • JB November 4, 2014 at 8:26 am #

      Thanks Victoria

  8. Scott November 4, 2014 at 6:40 am #

    Oh, I like this a lot! The fog and muted colors combine to form a wonderful mood, and that opening at the base of the white tree trunk in the middle that gives a glimpse into the woods has me ready to go exploring. There was an artist at work here!

    • JB November 4, 2014 at 8:25 am #

      Thanks Scott.

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