Mists of the Morning

After 6 months of high humidity and above 90 degree temperatures, we finally had our first cold front pass through Florida. The change gave us a much needed reprieve from the elements and set the stage for a wonderful photographic opportunity, fog.  Many of my most popular landscape photos have captured the interaction of sunlight and fog. The effect of sunlight filtered through particles is one of nature's marvels. This same effect drives millions of visitors to Antelope Canyon in Arizona as sunlight filters and splits through the dust particles of sand.

I used my Canon 5D Mark IV with the Canon EF16-35mm f/4 lens mounted on a Manfrotto 190 Go tripod to capture this photograph. I set my ISO to 50, f-stop to 16 at a focal length of 35mm. Higher f-stops split the sun into individual rays of light and the low ISO ensures virtually a noise free image. There is no concern for shutter speed with the use of a tripod and a stationary scene. AEB bracketing is set to +-2 stops in order to capture 3 photos from the scene in order to preserve highlight and shadow details. Although the dynamic range on the 5D is very good, a scene such as this has a huge range between the brightest and darkest areas. For fine art photos I want the most detail possible in every part of the photograph for maximum enlargement.  What is easily ignored in a small photo posted on Facebook or Instagram becomes glaringly obvious when printed at 60 to 72 inches. 

Post processing of the 3 images requires software to blend the images. I used Photomatix to blend the 3 exposures into a base image of very high quality. Lightroom and Photoshop workflows further refine the image into a fine art photo.