Iridescent Fog
Iridescent Fog
Gaustatoppen Frame
Gaustatoppen Frame
A Sword of Fire and Ice
A Sword of Fire and Ice
Moon Eater
Moon Eater
Attempted Murder at Canby's Cross
Attempted Murder at Canby's Cross
Above the Hardangerfjord
Above the Hardangerfjord
Alta Floresta Morning Fog
Alta Floresta Morning Fog
Bristlecone Tendrils
Bristlecone Tendrils
Vikebygd Fog
Vikebygd Fog
Dunnotar Castle in the Rain
Dunnotar Castle in the Rain
Emerge
Emerge
End of the Road
End of the Road
Spirit of the Caldera - Antiquity
Spirit of the Caldera - Antiquity
Fog Bow Over Tule Lake
Fog Bow Over Tule Lake
Fog Sentinels
Fog Sentinels
Paramount Specter
Paramount Specter
Rjukan in the Clouds
Rjukan in the Clouds
Vikebygd Fields
Vikebygd Fields
Tommy Knocker in the Clouds
Tommy Knocker in the Clouds
Ryfylke Raven
Ryfylke Raven
Vikebygd Clouds
Vikebygd Clouds
Cloud Harvesters
Cloud Harvesters
Waianapanapa Cave Mist
Waianapanapa Cave Mist
Iridescent Fog
Iridescent FogMoon halo shines a full spectrum of light next to the colorful night lights by the water tower of Tule Lake, California. We were out for a night of shooting in the dark and fog once more, passing by the town of Tule Lake. We stopped on the main road when seeing this sight. I loved the variety of street light colors in this area, and the moon surrounded by all of the colors at once. It's impossible to shoot this without blowing out the whites and crunching the blacks, so I took 3 long exposures (half a second to three seconds) and had the HDR merge take care of mixing for a proper dynamic range.
Gaustatoppen Frame
Gaustatoppen FrameA frame of clouds opens up to a view of the Myklestaulvatnet lake, as seen from Gaustatoppen, the highest mountain in the Telemark area of Norway, standing at 6,178 feet. We were lucky to find a day with some breaks in the clouds to visit Gaustatoppen. It had been very rainy, and we never saw the mountaintop itself from anywhere on the road at any time due to the cloud cover. On a clear day, you can see up to 1/6th of Norway from here, and all the way to Sweden. It wasn't one of those days, but the glimpses we saw as the clouds opened up from time to time were magical.
A Sword of Fire and Ice
A Sword of Fire and IceAn icy lake reflects a piercing shaft of light from the morning sun, with its disc clearly delineated thanks to the thick fog of Tule Lake, California. The constantly-moving fog created weird light conditions, in this case the sun shone through a temporary slit below the fog, creating a streak on the ice, while at the same time the fog above the slit was holding just the right density, revealing the sun's disk. The colors were odd, the golden rays filtered out in the fog and turned gray and eerie, tinting the shadows and creating a monochrome landscape.
Moon Eater
Moon EaterWaxing crescent moon inside the metallic, piercing bite of Breceda's Eagle. This sculpture by Ricardo Breceda inhabits a desert road in Borrego Springs, California. I had to embrace the noise in this image, I needed a really high ISO of 6400 to get things sharp with the telephoto at f/16. I was looking for an original angle of this sculpture, since I've seen in photographed many times before. Few people care to take out a telephoto at night, it's a nightmare to use even with a tripod, so I gave it a shot. I had a ton of blurry images, but the ones that turned out sharp became some of my favorites from this trip. Going to Borrego Springs feels like hunting for Pokémon. The sculptures by Ricardo Breceda are scattered all over, some right by the main road, some in the middle of nowhere, and one can't help but go visit each one of them and try to see them all.
Attempted Murder at Canby's Cross
Attempted Murder at Canby's CrossShrouded by fog, two ravens perch on Canby's Cross, a memorial on the spot where General Canby was killed, in the Lava Beds National Monument, California. A historical landmark on the spot of General Canby's killing, by a shot from Captain Jack of the Modocs, who was later hanged. I found no monuments for murdered Modocs nearby.
Above the Hardangerfjord
Above the HardangerfjordClouds roll over the Hardangerfjord, while dozens of cascades tumble down the rock face, fed by melting glaciers and recent rains. Hovland, Norway. I have many photos from this spot. As we were driving south on the shore of the fjord, the clouds opened up and we stopped by an apple farm for some photos. The angles weren't very good, so we continued driving south, risking losing the good light, until we found an apple juice processing plant with parking by the water. We parked at their plant and shot from there, they weren't bothered by us randomly trespassing and taking some of their parking spots.
Alta Floresta Morning Fog
Alta Floresta Morning Fog
Bristlecone Tendrils
Bristlecone TendrilsRemnant tendrils of a bristlecone pine, covered in fog, at the Patriarch Grove of the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, California. I did two short hikes at the Patriarch Grove, the first one was in the falling snow, the second one (just 30 minutes later) was in the fog. I thought that a lot of these foggy pictures wouldn't be clear enough, but there is a lot of detail that can be recovered in the background.
Vikebygd Fog
Vikebygd FogClouds rise from the ground in the middle of a forest, next to the village area of Vikebygd. Hordaland county, Norway. Shooting across the Hardangerfjord, the clouds were forming right at the surface and then moving up to the top of the mountain. The extreme contrast took a lot of the color away, so I turned this one to black and white to avoid any color distractions.
Dunnotar Castle in the Rain
Dunnotar Castle in the RainDunnotar Castle hides behind a layer of rain and fog, on the northeastern coast of Scotland, near Stonehaven. From all the castles we saw in Scotland, my favorite one was Dunnotar Castle, a cliff top fortress built mostly in the 15th century. It's ruined but well kept, it's accessible but doesn't feel like a theme park, and it's massive, with numerous rooms and passages to visit. By the time I walked the steps and windy road back to the car, it started raining hard. I got out of the car and ran back the road towards the elevated viewpoint, and waited with my camera aimed at the rain until I could see the castle again. I had my telephoto on and at 100mm I couldn't get the right shot, so I did a vertical panorama to get the composition I was after.
Emerge
EmergeA fallen tree emerges from the low fog that blankets the Cristalino River every morning in the Amazonian rainforest of Alta Floresta, Brazil. We got up very early every day to head to our hikes. Since you can only move around in boats for the majority of the areas, our journey always started with a brief trip through the foggy Cristalino River. The fog is dense, but vanishes quickly once the direct sunlight hits it.
End of the Road
End of the RoadBright flags mark the end of the road as the highway is closed for the winter, at the North Cascades National Park, Washington. We knew we would not be able to drive all the way through the North Cascades Highway, but on a gray and snowy day an untouched road with fresh snow is too beautiful to pass. The end of the road was highlighted by flags of the most surreal orange color, with the highway markings lightly visible underneath the translucent, thin layer of fresh snow.
Spirit of the Caldera - Antiquity
Spirit of the Caldera - AntiquityI followed the elk for about an hour, careful to keep him against the setting sun, and with the steaming fumaroles behind him, until he finally went to rest. I used no filters, instead, I let the sun hit straight into the lens by removing my lens hood, and by shooting through pine needles that flared and streaked golden light into the camera, creating colorful bokeh effects.
Fog Bow Over Tule Lake
Fog Bow Over Tule LakeFog bow sets over the frozen over lake, framing the frosted plants on the shore, at Tule Lake, California. Taken right after sunrise. You could barely see the rainbowy colors in it, it was dim and ethereal. Because the fog layer was dense but not very high, the top of the fog bow was chopped off most of the time, so we drove around until we found a spot thick enough to see the full arc. As the sun went higher, the bow kept dropping lower and lower until it sunk below the horizon.
Fog Sentinels
Fog SentinelsPine trees emerge from the thick Tule Fog that commonly slithers at night in this area of Lava Beds National Monument, California. Long exposure, during a night drive down the fog-covered Lava Beds National Monument Road. We stopped for a few minutes to get these shots, the moon was making the fog glow, revealing the trees. The photo turned out extremely sharp, despite the 20 second exposure, since there was no wind at all to move even the dry bushes in the foreground.
Paramount Specter
Paramount SpecterSpectral apparition of a child soldier carrying a Nerf crossbow, shot through the window of a western church movie set at Paramount Ranch, California. A group of kids were playing a capture the flag Nerf battle, the church was the spawning base of this kid, who was patrolling around the building a bit bored since all the action was in the middle of the battlefield. The dirty window added a diffuse glow. The far background and the reflected background are both sharp, leaving the kid in the middle soft and ghostly.
Rjukan in the Clouds
Rjukan in the CloudsThe town of Rjukan lights up warmly under the cold clouds that roll over the glacial valley of Vestfjorddalen. Telemark municipality, Norway We made several stops in Rjukan, as we explored the areas around the Hardangervidda. It was the only place with some shops open and some potential warm coffee at the odd hours we traveled. We would cross the bridge in town and head up the mountain on the Svineroivegen road towards Gaustatoppen. You can't stop on this road during the day, the traffic would make it dangerous, but virtually no one was driving it at night so we made a stop to take some long exposure photos of the clouds and the town below us.
Vikebygd Fields
Vikebygd Fields
Tommy Knocker in the Clouds
Tommy Knocker in the CloudsTommy Knocker, one of the surreal buttes inhabiting the Valley of the Gods in south-eastern Utah, emerges from the low-drifting clouds. We thought we wouldn't see any of the amazing rock formations when we got to the Valley of the Gods, the clouds were thick and low, it wasn't just a layer of fog. We waited, drove the whole road four times over, and eventually got to see a great show when the forms emerged and and sunk back into the whiteness again. I liked how you can feel the clouds rolling over the surface here, tracing a denser arc over the base of the butte.
Ryfylke Raven
Ryfylke RavenA raven soars through the falling snow in the mountains of the Ryfylke Scenic Route, near Røldal, Norway. I was so happy to see some snow during this trip. We had seen a lot of fog, some distant glaciers, and some chunks of ice by the road, but no Norway trip could be complete without some actual snow. I love taking shots like this one when it's all about reaction. I was shooting the landscape and saw the bird fly, and in full manual mode had to change settings and shoot quickly and instinctively, trusting my feel for the shutter speed that I was setting almost blindly.
Vikebygd Clouds
Vikebygd CloudsClouds rise from the ground in the middle of a forest, next to the village area of Vikebygd. Hordaland county, Norway. Shooting across the Hardangerfjord, the clouds were forming right at the surface and then moving up to the top of the mountain. The extreme contrast took a lot of the color away, so I turned this one to black and white to avoid any color distractions.
Cloud Harvesters
Cloud HarvestersWind turbines hide in the fog near the A850 road, Isle of Skye, Scotland. As we headed towards the far ends of the Isle os Skye, somewhere near Dunvegan, we spotted wind turbines going in and out of the fog. This was a quick stop, I aimed for the cloudy area and snapped a few photos as the blades were revealed. I used a wooden fence post as a tripod since my shutter speed was a bit slow.
Waianapanapa Cave Mist
Waianapanapa Cave Mist
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