Midwestern Wanderlog

2016-03-11 – Fog and frost


What an absolutely gorgeous sunrise.  The temperature dropped back down below freezing overnight, so the path was solid underfoot; the dewpoint was cooperative, and so there was a fog lying low over the river valley.  Frost edged the grasses and dead leaves from last fall, accenting the dark brown of the bare trail.

Sunrise Stats!
First light: 6:02 AM
Sunrise: 6:31 AM
Daylight: 12 hrs, 40 min

It was interesting watching the sunrise develop; with the thick fog above the river, the sun didn’t show until a couple-three minutes after sunrise, and then it was simply an orange ball, reflecting and refracting, setting the fog afire.  And after, on the walk back down, the ground-frost caught the light, sparkling and enhancing the beams filtering through the trees and bare branches of the brush.

Fog and frost; two of my favorite atmospheric conditions to photograph!

And kind of hard to do properly, too.  But oh, so worth it!  My favorite from this morning is of this leaf:

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The light coming through the trees caught my eye, and the leaf was so perfectly-edged, and the sparkles…


7:09:26 AM 1/60 seconds on f/4.5 at ISO 100

To get it, I had to set the camera down on the ground, and kneel next to it with the cold from the ground seeping into my leg and rocks digging into my patellar tendon.  The Canon 30D doesn’t have a live view, so to line it up the way I envisioned my eye had to be looking through the viewfinder.  Don’t get me wrong, I’ve done blind shots and had them come out beautifully; that’s part of being so familiar with your equipment you know exactly where that lens is pointed and can focus on your eye-drawing subject and then recompose the shot.  I didn’t want to do that for this one.  Too many beginning photographers keep the camera up at eye level; a lot of the best shots come from changing the perspective, and that can mean putting yourself right down on the ground, sometimes in the mud or thick snow… or even climbing a tree!

Landscape photography is fun.

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2 thoughts on “2016-03-11 – Fog and frost

  1. Leanne Overlander

    You are right about getting pictures from different perspectives. One of my favorite photos I took, I laid down on the deck of a boat and took pictures looking up the sail. Boy did I get strange looks from the other passengers. Oh well, I have a great picture and that’s what matters.
    Love your pictures!

    1. Ellemar Post author

      Ooh, was that in Kauai? I did the same thing, and got funny looks too! I figure, if folks are looking at me askance, I’m doing it right!

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