A thin layer of fog hung over the river bottom as I headed for the airport in Knox City. Usually a pilots nightmare, I knew that today the fog was spotted and mostly restricted to the lower riparian areas along the Brazos so flying would not be hampered by the conditions. Placing my camera in the back seat of the little Aeronca Champ, I taxied to the end of the tarmac and did my run up. Satisfied that the little plane was hitting on all cylinders and the controls functioning correctly I slid the throttle forward and nosed the craft upward through a thin veil of fog and into the bright morning sky.
Fog is a weather phenomenon of intrigue to those of us who appreciate mood in our photographic creations. Although a bit challenging when overcast skies above the fog layer suppresses sunlight to the extreme, I always welcome this ephemeral wall of mist when shooting here in the rolling plains of Texas, a region that experiences these conditions only marginally throughout the year.
My favorite fog shoots include a clear sky at sunrise above the misty layer giving the scene a surreal if not ghostly aura of mystique. Many neophyte photographers might think that metering in these conditions is difficult but, on the contrary, is quite simple. When using the wonderfully accurate matrix system of metering in cameras today, simply pointing into the average lighted areas of the fog will result in stunningly accurate exposures. A suggestion to those seeking the more creative angles would be to work your subjects with backlight when fog presents itself. You will be delightfully surprised!
Whether shooting wildlife, people, landscape or ranch work, the mysterious if not beautiful aspect of this weather condition will always add an interesting element to the final image.
Good luck and safe travels!!