To me, there is something magical about fog. It seems to soften the day. Not only visually, but everything seems quieter. When we lived in Texas, we had very little fog. Here, in Western Maryland, let’s just say it seems to be almost a daily occurrence. Sometimes the fog lasts only a few hours in the early morning and sometimes it lasts just about all day. Although I use the term ‘fog’, what occurs is more like very low-lying clouds.
Closed. Well, that was last week. Today… OPEN.
Yes, this post could be one of those post that rants and raves about our most recent Governmental issue, but I imagine you have read, talked and heard enough. Although, I wonder sometimes if my age is the cause for my cynicism (an inclination to believe that people are motivated purely by self-interest; skepticism) or is it the politician of today?
Cynicism… not a word I would EVER have thought could be used to describe me, I see myself as someone who generally thinks people are good, nice, loving…. and perhaps they are, but circumstances can create opportunity that shouldn’t always be taken.
As for the pictures, it was taken near Confluence, PA at Youghiogheny River Lake Park. Everything was bathed in fog during the early morning, so beautiful.
Recently I created a flikr account, hmmmm not sure if I need it or not? Do you have one also? (how many accounts does a person need? i am also trying out twitter- ugh!) I am going to test it out for a bit and then decide. It is nice that one can upload to flikr and directly upload to WP.
Although I have been holding a camera for 28 years (yikes, has it been that long) there are many many many things I am still learning. I started taking pictures with my Dad’s old 35mm Konica camera on occasion, then I attended a dark room class in college with the intention of setting up my own darkroom (always ‘good intentions’), after that I continued to shoot with film (purchased a 35mm Canon) until a bought a small digital point and shoot. Finally, about 6 years ago I bought my first DSLR, a Nikon. Since then I have moved on to a Nikon D300 (which by the way, I love). Ok, now on to the point of this post, learning something new.
The basics: shooting in manual, understanding my camera, composition… -check.
Equipment: camera, lenses (always more on my list, yours too I imagine), tripod -check.
Software: PS4 (have it, can use some of it) -check
The elements: foggy mornings, really foggy mornings, dealing with the fog -no check here.
So, you can see the element are the actually the topic here.
Today I woke earlier than usual to head down to the beach. I have been wanting to take some very slow shutter speed photos to get that washed out feeling of the surf, well, that did not happen as planned, but I did get some pictures that I like. What I learned today? Fog=Water, which in turn means wet lenses. I was shooting away, and then for some reason I looked at my lens. There was a layer of water on it! I did not plan for this, I did not take my lens safe rag with me. I typically don’t take everything everywhere (camera cases can only hold so much until they are too heavy to be comfortable carrying). I used my cotton/polyester sweatshirt to dry my lens with. I know, not the best ‘cloth’ to use, but it was either give that a try or head home.
In summary, I will begin to plan for the elements when I pack my gear from now on. (I did plan for sand, I take cellophane and wrap each tripod foot, then over that I place a layer of aluminum foil to keep the cellophane in place, this protects the tripod from the sand)