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Fog

Dedication To The Craft

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So I was out shooting in the fog last December.  I ran across a fellow photographer who was in the same area, wrangling not only a tripod like me, but two dogs on leashes.  My hat is off to him, I have enough trouble walking around with a tripod and my camera bag, without adding dogs to the mix.  Well done sir.


Riverwalk

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A foggy December morning along the river in downtown Wichita, Ks.  That’s the science center called Exploration Place in the background.


Riverside

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Five not-that-common variety of trees for Wichita, Ks…some kind of pines.  They sit in an area of Wichita known as Riverside, where there are city parks along the Big and Little Arkansas rivers as they meander through the city.  I really wanted to call this post “Trees In The Mist”, or maybe “Five Trees In The Mist”, but talked myself out of it…don’t want to get into a rut.  This has obviously had a fairly heavy light vignette applied to it, it seemed to work for me.


Windmills In The Mist

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OK, actually it’s Windmill, singular, and fog…and the tree is more prominent than the windmill.   But Windmills In The Mist sounded better.


Into The Void

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It looks like some sort of Photoshop trickery, but this is exactly how it looked.   This is Princess Cruises Island Princess, plowing into thick fog along the Inside Passage off Canada back in 2006.  No horizon, no sky, no frame of reference.  Thank goodness for radar.   I suppose the unpleasant recent news about the disabled Carnival ship got me to thinking about my cruise ship photos.  Happily, nothing went wrong with the ship on this excursion.


Hidden Gems?

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I finally decided to upgrade from Lightroom 3 to Lightroom 4.   That is not particularly pertinent to this post, except that is why I was digging through some older photos, doing a little quick experimenting with the new Lightroom.   I ran across this one from my fog images shot in Wichita in 2011.  All the way back in February 2011 – where did the time go?  It struck me as pretty nice, I felt like I had unearthed a previously hidden treasure.   That’s one advantage of digital, it makes it pretty easy for us to go back and review old material – sometimes you might find something interesting.   This is the good old Keeper of The Plains Statue, by artist Blackbear Bosin, standing in the fog.


Supernatural Fog #7

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I’m running out of new fog images to post.  Finally.   This was an amazingly productive little photo outing in Belleville, Ks., on Dec. 1.


Supernatural Fog #6

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Supernatural Fog #5

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Breaking the rule of thirds yet again.


Supernatural Fog #3 & #4

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Supernatural Fog #2

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Supernatural Fog #1

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This blog has been dormant for a while now.   The last eight weeks or so has been a seemingly unending stream of bad luck, culminating in the passing of my father-in-law, Ted Williams,  last Thursday night.   He was a great guy who’s inspiring story and generosity made a real mark in this world.   Saturday, December 1, would have been his 68th birthday, and on this day an eerie thick fog formed around his home town of Belleville, Ks.   All morning, then again in the evening,  a thick fog formed which we informally dubbed “Ted Fog”, because we suspect  he must have had something to do with it.   It has been awhile since I went out and did some real shooting, but this was a gift and I took advantage of it as best I could.   I will miss you terribly Ted, just as the rest of your family and friends will.     More supernatural fog images will follow in the days ahead.


Foggy Walk

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Ken Bello has an interesting post up at oneowner about people in photographs such as this.   I remember thinking as I was out shooting, that this walker was going to mess up the shot…then I got to thinking maybe it wasn’t such a problem after all.  I think it works pretty well.


Toned & Framed No. 3

 

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Many of my fog images seem to look pretty good with a little toning, but for some reason I  find the ones with some man made element (bridge, lamp post etc.) to be my favorites.   Anyhow, I will try and resist doing too many more of these for now….I could end up with ‘Toned & Framed No. 187 before long.


Toned & Framed No. 2

 

 

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Foggy bridge, toned in Lightroom.   As a side note, I feel compelled to mention that I detailed the steel railing on this bridge many years ago,  as part of my “real” job.  Meaning I drew the detailed blueprints of the rail, using the architect and engineer’s more general drawings as the basis.   That’s what I do for a living, although usually for buildings, not bridges.   The fog made everything look good.


Toned & Framed Experimental

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Desperate for new material….so back to the old.   This is a foggy morning image that I did a little toning on using Lightroom (which I have never tried before).   As if that were not enough, I’ve gone and downloaded a free frame-adding pack from Filter Forge to add the border and more distortion.   Rather than doing anything else, like adding the Eiffel Tower or pink elephants, I decided to stop.


The Blues

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To tell you the truth, I really don’t know what I’m doing with this one.  It just felt right for it to be blue.


Rusty Rocket

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Revisiting an old favorite image with a new twist.


Reflections

I had an image from my foggy morning photo session awhile back that I never quite knew what to do with.  It was the reflection of trees in a mirror smooth pond.   It occurred to me that I could try something along the lines I remember Ken Bello  doing on his blog , a mirror image.   A reflected view of the reflection, on top of the reflection.   That’s not confusing at all!  Sometimes I think this  pursuit of photography is all done with smoke and mirrors anyway, I suppose this is my tribute to that concept.


Foggy Bridge Revisted

This is one of my favorite foggy morning images, with some major manipulation.   It started as a photograph, I don’t know what it is now.   I like it though, and am curious if it appeals to anyone else.  Here’s a link back to the original black and white conversion.


Foggy Rocket

Fog + Playground Equipment = Interesting.   Who would have thought?   I’m beginning to think that if I had run across a ham sandwich in the fog, it too would have looked compelling.


A Tree With Character

Yes, I’m afraid it’s another fog post.   This tree sits directly across the river from a large high school (my old high school as it turns out), and if you were to turn your head to the right from this perspective you would see a large municipal swimming pool.   Such are the challenges of the urban nature photographer.   The fog made things so much easier.


Foggy Morning~Keeper of the Plains

Blackbear Bosin's 'Keeper of the Plains' stands watch in the fog.

One of Wichita’s notable sites is native American sculptor Blackbear Bosin’s 1974 “The Keeper of the Plains”, which sits at the confluence of the Big and Little Arkansas rivers in downtown Wichita.  A few years ago this area had a major facelift, the statue was elevated on a much higher rock base, and two rather spectacular (by Wichita standards anyway) suspension bridges for pedestrians were erected.   The statue area is now easily accessible from either side of the rivers.   I like photographing the Keeper, but had never gotten the chance to shoot it in the fog.


Foggy Morning~Day Five

I was trying to think a little more outside-the-box creatively on this one.   A little less conventional you might say.