Picture This!
Fog And Light

Our Picture This! assignment this month was simply "Fog and Light," and readers responded with a host of gorgeous images that made the most of this very mysterious weather condition. As we looked through the pictures it became clear to us that readers responded to fog in the way it played with light and shadow and how it faded some colors and emboldened others. Many pictures showed how fog can both obscure and reveal in the same image and how it paints the world with a soft, often tender brush. Others played with diffused light and compressed space. And while fog can be threatening, most used it to express the beauty of the world in a dreamy interpretation of time and place.

Morning Light

Mike Farmer made this photo while floating in a canoe on Lake Wentworth in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. He photographed with a Canon EOS ELAN 7E with a Canon EF 28-90mm lens on Fuji film. Farmer writes, "I did not record exposure as I only had my camera and a paddle." Lucky guy.
© 2006, Mike Farmer, All Rights Reserved

Fence And Fog

David Cline leads us into his image with a clear, white fence, then plays with form and line in the fog formation surrounding an idealized barn. He worked with a Canon EOS 10D and Canon 24-70mm L lens. Exposure at ISO 200 was f/9.5 at 1/350 sec.
© 2006, David Cline, All Rights Reserved

Geese In Fog

Bob Gates made this almost surreal photo at Green Lakes State Park in Fayetteville, New York, with a Canon EOS 10D and Canon 70-200mm f/4 L lens atop a Bogen 3021 tripod. Exposure was f/9.5 at 1/1000 sec.
© 2006, Bob Gates, All Rights Reserved

Returning Fishermen

Made alongside Newman's Lake in Gainesville, Florida, Paula Schammert recorded this evocative scene with her Canon EOS Digital Rebel camera set at ISO 800.
© 2006, Paula Schammert, All Rights Reserved

Grist Mill

This classic photo was made by Edgar J. Evans in Grand Gulf State Park in Mississippi. He worked with a Nikon FM3 and Nikkor 105mm f/4 Macro lens. His Sekonic spot meter netted him an exposure of f/8 at 1/8 sec.
© 2006, Edgar J. Evans, All Rights Reserved

Yosemite Serenity

This blaze of color was offset by the soft fog in a photo by Wendy Kaveney. She worked with a Canon EOS-1D Mark II and a Canon 28-105mm lens; exposure was f/18 at 0.4 seconds.
© 2006, Wendy Kaveney, All Rights Reserved

Flag And Schooner

The play of foreground and background was captured by David Kay in Penobscot Bay, Maine. He photographed with a Nikon Coolpix 8900; exposure was f/7.1 at 1/125 sec.
© 2006, David Kay, All Rights Reserved

Blazing Color

This ground cover is typical of Bear Mountain State Park and the Catskill Mountains in New York state during the fall, and the fog only intensified the color and light. Roger R. Lindquist photographed with a Nikon Coolpix 8800; exposure was f/8 at 1/10 sec.
© 2006, Roger R. Lindquist, All Rights Reserved


Street lamps, which might ordinarily show halation in a photo, are made even more intense in this foggy night photo by Hannah Zackson Wolk. She used a Canon EOS 20D and 50mm f/1.4 lens and at ISO 800 exposed at f/2.8 at 1/50 sec.
© 2006, Hannah Zackson Wolk, All Rights Reserved

Foggy Panorama

Made with a Hasselblad X-Pan, Mike Puchreiter photographed this scene along the Glen Highway in Alaska.
© 2006, Mike Puchreiter, All Rights Reserved

Ground Fog

Jim Mitchell entitled this shot "Ground Fog" and it caught our eye because of the rhythm of light and dark. He photographed with a Nikon D70 and Nikkor 70-300mm lens; exposure was f/11 at 1/800 sec.
© 2006, Jim Mitchell, All Rights Reserved

Abstract Forms

A portion of a pier, a reflection, and the mystery of fog combine for an elegant composition. Tom Vaughn made this photograph with his Canon PowerShot G6; exposure was f/8 at 1/200 sec.
© 2006, Tom Vaughn, All Rights Reserved

Winter Fog

This monochrome landscape is both complex and inviting. Gunnar Braaten made the photograph with a Kodak Retina 1B on Tri-X Pan film.
© 2006, Gunnar Braaten, All Rights Reserved

Point Lobos

This pilgrimage spot for photographers seems even more enticing in the fog. The photograph by Jeff Dye was made with a Fuji S2 Pro and Nikkor 24-120mm VR lens.
© 2006, Jeff Dye, All Rights Reserved

Into The Distance

The play between the bow of the boat, its shadow, and the receding forms in the fog was made by Diane Walker. She photographed with a Nikon D70 and Tamron 18-200mm lens; exposure was f/8 at 1/200 sec.
© 2006, Diane Walker, All Rights Reserved