Foglust # 1

I love fog.

Foggy days are the best for photography, but the worse days for commuting. Yesterday the visibility was almost 5% and I could barely see the car in front of me. It reminded me of the foggy wintery days in Pakistan, especially on the Motorway from Lahore to Islamabad or Islamabad to Peshawar.

The hosts on the radio AM640 kept saying its a day when one would want to curl up in their cozy beds sip on a hot beverage, and don’t get me wrong, if I didn’t have a camera, i’d have loved to do that. But this was pure bliss.

On my way to Toronto from Barrie I stopped on the highway almost 5 times to shoot some fog hidden in the midst of trees. I shot those on my Nikon F3 on Kodak Trix400 so those will come when they come, but luckily I had my trusty M10 on me as well and clicked away like a maniac.

So the whole fog craving madness made me ponder a bit while struggling to keep the car in the lane on WHY I am a sucker for fog. I mean a lot of people are, and the foggy photos have a dreamy look/feel to them which makes them look so good, but WHY?

  1. Fog diffuses light. Fog is basically a physical-real-life “haze” filter which not only makes a photo less contrasty, but DIFFUSES the highlights, creating a dreamy glow around the light sources.

  2. Fog is not normal. Fog softens. We are generally tuned to see a SHARP images. Focus should be SHARP. But fog does the opposite. It softens everything, which sort of “smoothens” the overall picture.

  3. Fog creates or diminishes depth.

Haze is often used in cinema to create a dreamy image. Paired with a rather “soft” lens or the right filter, it can create a very surrealistic picture. I am sure there are many other pros and cons about the artistic use of haze. YouTube is full of tutorials and videos on cinematic techniques so you can look it up there if it interests you.

Enjoy some of the selects below from a simple parking lot and some from a moving car. Shot on Leica M10.