Practical Photography Series #2: The Fog and The Morning Dew
"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!
I rely heavily on Photo Editing software for my subjects. These are some things you should remember when editing your photos.
- Adjust Exposure - You can control the lighting or brightness of your subject and the contrast of it.
- 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.
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.