Practical Photography Series #2: The Fog and The Morning Dew

My dog, Brownie  and the Fog (Photo by Travel Man April 16, 2011)
My dog, Brownie and the Fog (Photo by Travel Man April 16, 2011)

"Make it visible, even if the subject is invisible." That's what the reminder of my photography instructor when yours truly was still taking up a minor subject on Photography.

Our official camera was a semi-automatic one where you can put the mode for manual to focus more on tiny subjects that need more attention than just point-and-shot scheme for panoramic view of nature.

My handy digital camera is my source of this second installment on my Photography Series as I rediscover my interest on Fog and Morning Dew.

What will you do if all the subjects are blurry or hidden because of the thick fog during a cold morning? The sun is usually hidden and all the subjects will be partly or completely invisible as the distance increases.

Just last April 16, 2011 (Saturday), this hubber was awakened by the cold morning breeze emanating from the window. It was still dark but the clock stroked 6:30 AM already. An idea flashed as I carry my handy cam as I opened the door.

So, the following subjects didn't escape my camera and I can say that it is a once-in-a lifetime rediscovery of nature. It happens every time a fog invades the visibility of your place and its surrounding.

You be the judge if I can really make the invisible, visible!


The Man and The Fog (Photo by Travel Man)
The Man and The Fog (Photo by Travel Man)

Photo Editing

I rely heavily on Photo Editing software for my subjects.  These are some things you should remember when editing your photos.

  1. Adjust Exposure -  You can control the lighting or brightness of your subject and the contrast of it.
  2. Adjust Color - There are three factors to balance the colors of your photos: a) Color temperature; b) tint and c) saturation.

Keep in mind that Auto Adjust can also help but manually editing your photos will have a near-perfect features on your photos.

The advantages of using a photo editor are:

  • you can still retrieve worthy photos of low exposure
  • you can crop photos to balance the features
  • you can fix red eye or features that need adjustment

With photo editing. You can make a photo collage aside from individual results of your daily photo session.


Finding the Morning Dew

There are lots of subjects to choose from: grasses, flowers and other perennial plants in your backyard. You can also see insects (flies, mosquitoes, elusive butterflies, dragonflies and even both tiny and big spiders) that can surprise you as the most interesting find.

The result: a very memorable session with the fog and the search for the morning dew.

The Tiny Spider & The Web (Photo by Travel Man)
The Tiny Spider & The Web (Photo by Travel Man)
What Lies Beneath-The Mosquito (Photo by Travel Man)
What Lies Beneath-The Mosquito (Photo by Travel Man)
The Spider with its Captives on Its Parlor (Photo by Travel Man)
The Spider with its Captives on Its Parlor (Photo by Travel Man)
Morning Dew on the Spider Web (Photo by Travel Man)
Morning Dew on the Spider Web (Photo by Travel Man)

Why the Fog is formed

The fog is a collection of water droplets near the Earth's surface, mostly appearing near the ocean or water sources (rivers, lakes, marshlands, etc.). It's typically a kind of cloud but it's a low-lying one and often distinguished as 'fog'.

The foggiest place in the world is the Grand Banks of Newfoundland, Canada, the meeting place of the cold Labrador current of the north and the much warmer Gulf Stream of the south.

The fog is thicker than a mist and affects the visibility of about 1 kilometer. It arises because of the humidity of the place. It is much common during extreme weather conditions.

Fog can quickly disappear or stay longer depending on the drop and rise of temperature at certain places or location of its occurrence.



I've taken a very rare photo of that fog while passing the Lakes of Canada way back January-May 2009.

I've used a more powerful digital camera with SD drive on it to record photos and videos. I transferred it in an early model of external hard drive that I used to carry where I store photos and videos of my travels.

The photos are still there, but that 'powerful' digital camera is already long gone. I pawned it already.

The FOG!!!

The fog at Trois Rivieres, Quebec, Canada (Photo by Travel Man, May 6,  2009)
The fog at Trois Rivieres, Quebec, Canada (Photo by Travel Man, May 6, 2009)
The fog at Gulf of St. Lawrence, near St. John's & Newfoundland, Canada (Photo by Travel Man, May 6, 2009)
The fog at Gulf of St. Lawrence, near St. John's & Newfoundland, Canada (Photo by Travel Man, May 6, 2009)

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earthbound1974 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

Thanks for the tips on photography, travel man. You really sweat it out just to capture those moments while having that fog in the morning. I like that photo with lots of morning dew. Rated it up!


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Romano Arnesto 5 years ago from Philippines

That fog in Canada looked eerie. Loved your captured photo on morning dew. Rated it up!


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thesailor 5 years ago from Seven Seas

I like the fog during the sunset in Canada. Good explanation, travel man!


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McGilwriter 5 years ago from Florida

Awesome pictures! I enjoy running in the early mornings, and even though fog can be dangerous, I always enjoy seeing it!


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Mrs. J. B. 5 years ago from Southern California

WOW impressive and so educational. I really loved reading your hub.


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@earthbound1974: Yes, I was really driven to look for interesting subjects in photography. Life in the countryside can be idle, unless you'll have some bright ideas to enjoy it everyday. Cooking, DIY (do-it-yourself) episodes, Karaoke, gardening, fiestas, youth encounter as church activity...you name it; we have some joyful moments here, too!


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@Romano Arnesto: I was, like, already satisfied with those spider web photos when those uninhabited web came through the focus of my digicam. Taking a closer look, I found those droplets of morning dew clinging to it. If only my other camera is functioning I can have a clearer picture of it.


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

Thanks, sailor! I always carry my other camera whenever I go outside the ship. And there it was, that once-in-a lifetime moment of suspense came through with that fog rushing the shoreline of Newfoundland in Canada.


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@McGilwriter: Thanks for the appreciation. My dog and I always enjoy a run in a foggy morning. I just have to be careful when running along the road.


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@Mrs. J. B. : Thanks for that vote of confidence. Learning can be as easy as using a camera to capture highlights of nature. These are good memories to cherish with.


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Mrs. J. B. 5 years ago from Southern California

I just love how you can capture the moment with such passion, expression and intensity. Your photos are beautiful..


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@Mrs. J.B.: Thanks again for your 2nd hub-visit. I am adding another find after that first fog I've experienced in our place. Those little things I usually ignore are as equally important as those visible and tangent objects we used to admire. These almost invisible features surface after those eerie fog. In photography, we just have to be aware of those often ignored creations that complete the 'circle of life' here on Earth.


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Mrs. J. B. 5 years ago from Southern California

Absolutely. I just looked at your pics again and just beautiful. My daughter who is studying photography is now home so I am going to go get her so she can see your work and bookmark your page. Perhaps she will share her flower pics and nighttime pics with you. The last full moon she just snapped away and what came out was incredible and certainly not what we saw with the human eye!


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@Mrs. J.B. : Wow! Can't wait to see the works of your daughter, Ma'am! When my other camera was still functioning, I used to capture nighttime views, especially the moon. Loved the flowers, too! I really admire all the things around me. We never know what it will give in the future, aside from appreciating it through photography.


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Mrs. J. B. 5 years ago from Southern California

Travel: We are going to become fast friends. I can tell.. I told Sydney about you and your pics and she is planning on checking them out. I know she will share with you, any advice, pointers, do's, don't's you can toss her way will be well appreciated.


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@Mrs. J.B.: I'm sure of that. Thanks for counting me in as your distant friend here on HP. Can't wait for your daughter Sydney's comment.


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Mrs. J. B. 5 years ago from Southern California

I was hoping that Sydney would have contacted you by now but her 29th B-Day is tomorrow and she has been celebrating with her friends.. HMMM Do you think perhaps a hang over is coming? LOL


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@Mrs. J.B. : Okay, send her my greetings. Happy birthday! You've just completed one full Saturn revolution of your life (a fact that this planet completes its revolution around the sun in the same number of years). LOL!!! A-hummm! yeah, perhaps a coffee latte or cocoa drink will perk her up!


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ShawnS. 5 years ago

Great photos and tips for taking them!


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@Shawn S: Thanks for the appreciation!


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Mrs. J. B. 5 years ago from Southern California

OH MY GOODNESS... She is celebrating her 20th Birthday... Not 29th.. I am such a 101 computer geek.. Right now the party is on, beer is flowing, grill is on and I am getting ready to go in my room to hide


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@Mrs. J.B.: OMG!!! LOL! I'm so sorry for that, Mrs. JB. Anyways, just save this for the next 9 years. LOL! Wow! Send my regards to Sydney and please make a hub out of it, say..the Roaring 20s of today's youth. Okay, Cheers for her, though!


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Mrs. J. B. 5 years ago from Southern California

Travel: You are the best.... We are friends like Freddy Mercury says till the end!!!! Have you heard that song??? Download it and know that I am dedicating it to you!!!!

YESSSSSS She is hung over this morning but we opened her door, have smells of bacon, eggs etc.. lingering in her room... HELLO BATHROOM!!!! HAHAHA... Mean Mom? NO just a prankster


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@Mrs. J.B.: I'm sorry for answering this just lately. I just had my 4-day rest on working online.

I thi8nk I had that song of FM, thanks for reminding me. Yes, I hope we can be friends 'til the end! LOL! As if we're soul mates already.

Oh! NO! I hope she didn't get irritated with us prying on her privacy. Hehe!!! Are there any pizza leftovers and beers? LOL!


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Mrs. J. B. 5 years ago from Southern California

Travel: Recently I was sick and did not go online for 3 weeks so do not apologize.

Sydney did not mind at all. No beer, vodka or pizza leftovers. Sorry.

Did you recieve her e-mail?


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@Mrs. J.B.: I'm sorry to hear that. Maybe you need lots of rest these days. Don't forget to eat lots of fruits. Thanks, I'll check my e-mail if Sydney connected with me.


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Mrs. J. B. 5 years ago from Southern California

Travel: I just had the flu but boy it kicked my butt. I am better now but I did miss hubpages. Please check your e-mails because I believe she sent it last Wednesday or Thursday. I know that she is looking forward to you seeing her photos and telling her what you think, what she needs to work on etc..


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DON BALDERAS 5 years ago

It's a great feeling peering at life in the life of a web both full of simplicity and complexity. Thanks again for this series on the foggy life on earth, Ino.


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@Sir Don: I'm a little bit of an investigator while doing this photo session. I started still sleepy but have been fully awaken later as I chose the 'obvious' but ' invisible' subjects. Thank you, too for peering on my hub. LOL!


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DON BALDERAS 5 years ago

Indeed it takes to have new eyes to see hidden beauty in things around us.


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@Mrs.J.B.: I already read the email of your daughter Sydney. I'm just waiting for her answer. I don't know exactly where can I see her photo collection. What site is she active these days?


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@Sir Don: Thanks, again. One must be observant and appreciative of all the things around him/her, whether big or small.


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Fluffy77 5 years ago from Enterprise, OR

Nice, photography is a big love of mine now too. Along with my writing and a number of other things. You moved me with these fog photo's just lovely, really. Voted you up here!


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

Thanks for the appreciation, Fluffy77. I've been collating other subjects. In time, I'll be publishing it one of these days.


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SidKemp 4 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

Wow! It's a rare photographer who sees the same beauty in spiders and sunrises! Voted up and beautiful.


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travel_man1971 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@SidKemp:Thank you for seeing into the glasses of my work. It's been greatly appreciated.

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