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Foggy Treescape

Posted by
Barbara Lee (Oakland, United States) on 2 October 2009 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Last March, I saw a gorgeous field of mustards growing on Highway 12 near Sebastapol in Northern California. Determined to get there for the wonderful morning light, I left my home in Oakland one morning before 5 for the hour plus drive north. I was terribly disappointed to find that this glorious mustard field was shrouded by thick fog. I parked my car by the road and wandered among the mustards, which were as tall as my chest, looking for an image in the cold gray. I tried macro shots of the mustards, thinking that a close up would rescue a good shot out of this situation. After spending about an hour wandering through the mustards, and getting thoroughly wet in the process, I finally raised my eyes to see these magnificent ghostly trees through the fog. I knew that I had at last found an image worthy of the trip.

William Neill, a great landscape photographer who lives near Yosemite, said recently that the best tool a photographer can have along on a photo shot is his feet. I agree. But I would also say that in addition to moving around a lot to find the best scene, we need also to shift our focus. It is so easy for me to become fixed on one idea. When I look up and down and around it opens up so many possibilities. Had I stayed focused on my macro world that morning, had I not looked up and stepped back, I would not have noticed the real beauty in the fog that morning.

NIKON D90 1/200 second F/5.6 ISO 320 255 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Garaidh from United States

Nice see! You did great with a poor situation, wonderful photo!

2 Oct 2009 9:37pm

ms from syracuse, United States

This is quite mysterious, reminds me something scary ...great capture of the fog effect.

3 Oct 2009 4:08pm

jim from sebastopol, United States

I know EXACTLY where this is... I drive by it twice a day... you caught the shrouded mystery of the foggy mornings perfectly.

16 Oct 2009 3:02am

Barbara Lee from Oakland, United States

Wow, Jim. Thanks for noticing this image! Cool, remember how amazing the mustards in this field are in March? Maybe next spring I'll get the flowers. But, I think the fog was the real reward!

16 Oct 2009 3:29am

1/200 second
ISO 320
255 mm (35mm equiv.)