Photography in the rain and fog.

foggy walking trail on Stone Mountain, GA

I love fog. I’ve probably mentioned that a time or two. It invokes a peacefulness that eludes me in my office chair. I’m not at peace at work. I’m in a constant state of unease. I belong outside. I need to walk everyday, but now during the winter, I have to be satisfied with walking just on weekends.

I’m lucky enough to be able to see Stone Mountain from the next street over from my house. I’m still learning the conditions that create fog and on Saturday morning, I was ready.

I took my digital and my Nikon N80 film camera. These conditions are perfect for film photography. But digital is fantastic for the immediacy of Photoshop, Instagram and uploading to websites.

But I took this with my phone. I had an 85mm on my digital and a 105mm on my film, and changing lenses was precarious in the conditions on the rock of Stone Mountain.  I aimed and fired off this shot and from the digital files I took that day, it’s actually my favorite.

I’ve grown used to using my phone as a medium for photographic expression. For a long time I was using the built-in camera as a means to document and tag photos I would go back later with my “real” camera.

The more I use it along with apps like Camera+, Snapseed and Lightroom Mobile, the more I like it.

Just goes to show that it’s true the best camera is the one you have with you.


The Photos Before the Photos

Foggy, sunrise in the morning in Georgia.

I met with a friend yesterday. I used to work every Sunday at my weekend job, but since the new year, I decided I just wanted to concentrate on photography, photoshop, and being creative.

I knew we would have good luck when I walked out the house and saw the fog settled over the trees and the streets. A beautiful, low fog is my absolute favorite subject. I’ve tried to shoot it a few times and just recently was able to capture something I really liked. And then, as I rounded the bend to meet with my friend, I saw this scene. I just stopped in the street. Thank goodness I was meeting for a photo meet-up, because my camera was on the seat next to me. I shot 3 shots before a car came up behind me. Not wanting to be late, I moved on. In retrospect, I should have stayed, brought out all the gear, including the medium format and shot until the light changed. Next time…next time.

The funny thing is, as soon as I turned left onto the next street I saw my friend’s car pulled over on the side of the road! She had stopped to take a picture of a barn encased in the low fog. Just goes to show that all would have been forgiven had I been a little late…just get the shot first.

All-in-all, I’m happy with this shot. I love it, actually. I wish I had taken the time to bracket. But I didn’t. I know this scene will never be like it is here, and I’m grateful I have a record of it’s jaw-dropping beauty.

Just get the shot. Always a lesson I have to remember…especially considering it’s my favorite shot of the day.

Singing in the Rain

orange moss, foggy atmosphere, stone mountain

I love to walk. I’ll walk trails just to see what nature has to offer. I live closest to Stone Mountain, and when I need to get away, I go there first.

I also love photography. Photography has been my most constant and loyal friend. I’ve learned and grown creatively since I first picked up a camera. I started in film, rotated to digital, and now I’m back to about 50/50 film and digital. I use Photoshop extensively; for my job as well as in my creative pursuits.

Sometimes when it rains here, a thick, beautiful fog settles over Stone Mountain. Last Saturday, just after New Years the wonderful conditions manifested itself and I knew it would be gloriously foggy. So I grabbed all my gear and headed up the mountain.

Here are the images from that day. I’m mostly pleased, of course there are things I wish I had done differently. This will always be the case. I’m never satisfied totally. But that’s the beauty of photography…you can get just so close, but perfection will always elude.

Here’s a video edit of one of the images from that day.