Fog photography is often referred to in one term as fog photography. This suggests that misty weather is enough to take a fog photo, but the photo without other subjects is just a gray matter. It is more about how you make subjects come out in the mist. In addition to the fog you therefore always need the subject.

Based on three photos, I give some examples below.

Fog in black and white

Light tones

Below you see a photo in black and white with light tones. The photo was taken in uniform diffuse light caused by the fog. As a result, everything lights up in the environment that is not darker when the light and what is darker becomes a silhouette against that light background. The trick here is that you have to overexpose according to the light measurement of the camera because otherwise everything will turn completely gray. So it's not so much overexposure as it is correcting the exposure! Because of the chosen aperture the depth is very limited which gives an accent to the subjects further away while the reed stems are sharp to see.

Walkers In The Reed
Dark tones

Een heel andere sfeer krijg je door het gebruik van donkere tonen. Voor een groot deel ontstaan die hier al door de zon die sterk door de mist schijnt, daardoor word de rest van de foto donkerder. Dit was de situatie die ik juist wilde en daarom heb ik de belichting niet gecorrigeerd. Hierdoor krijg je het vreemde effect dat de foto naar achteren toe licht wegloopt. Bij het ontwikkelen in DXO Photolab heb ik de reflecties wat extra aangezet door fijn contrast lokaal te gebruiken.

Silhouettes In The Mist

Fog in color

In color it becomes a completely different story. In addition to scattering light, you also have color scattering that makes the colors appear softer. You also have to deal with color with warm or cool colors that you can use to take pictures in a certain atmosphere. The photo you see has a nice warm atmosphere due to the sunlight. The trees here are just not silhouettes because of the distribution of the light.

Sunset Misty Fence

These were a few small tips, you can try out a lot with toning and developing such times. So you have to go out and experiment, both with your camera and with your software for the best results.

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