This was a first for me–shooting in dense fog. I learned a lot in a recent Meet Up shoot to Point Reyes National Seashore on the coast. It was my first time and I truly wasn’t prepared for the totally socked in adventure I was about to have.
At first I thought, “What moody images this will make.” I had no idea that the fog would make focusing difficult! Auto focus had its problems, so I tried to focus manually. Even that was hard.
In addition, I wasn’t well during the week and only did part of the trails, meaning I didn’t reach the beach where it wasn’t so foggy. I basically concentrated on what I could do rather on what I couldn’t.
Today, I’m posting some images so you’ll get an idea of the fog. It was an amazing first for me.
This complex was the beginning of the trail where we were to see Tule Elk. We didn’t.
The fog was encroaching on the complex.
It softened the tree image.
Here the fog is hovering low on the hills.
I walked until I could see the ocean. The beach was way beyond my walking capabilities that day.
This turkey vulture was flying through the fog. This was the best I could do. Making it black and white helped.
Here’s the fog engulfing hikers.
Here the fog is laying on the ocean.
Instead of a blue sky, we have a foggy sky.
The fog is touching the trees.
We did see Elk as we were driving past the Elk preserve. This doe was scampering through the brush. She was on the driver’s side and I was shooting from the passenger’s seat with my 140 mm lens. Not to shabby given the circumstances.
This buck wasn’t too far ahead. This was the best i could do with a 140 mm.
This is the Point Reyes an abandoned boat that has been a favorite of photographers. She’s located in the small town of Inverness.
It is sad that her destruction was hastened along by a photographer shooting with steel wool on her deck. The boat caught on fire.
She’s still loved and shot by photographers.
An amazing boat that retains a haunting energy. The fog bank is right behind her.
8 thoughts on “Weather or not: Point Reyes, part 1”
Sounds like you need a winter trip down the Delta. Kind of like going to Yellowstone in the snow! You took some wonderful shots so I think you learned well as a newbie! Being a fan of architecture I mostly favored the photographs of the houses, barns and the fence. Kudos.
Thanks. I’ve been to the Delta area, but in Fall, Winter and Spring. It’s hot now, but maybe foggy. I liked the houses and barns too. They were fun to shoot.
Absolutely love your in-flight photo of the turkey vulture. We have one that likes to sit along the roofline of our neighbor’s house. I sat and quietly watched him for about ten minutes recently – but of course, as I quietly tiptoed away for my camera, he was gone!
Thank you Patricia. That’s the way it is with birds of any size. I have found a few who were used to humans and just posed for the longest time. When they are looking for something to eat, they get so absorbed that they don’t notice us. I enjoyed visiting your blog and seeing your art. Your work is so detailed.
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Isn’t that the truth re: those birds! Thanks for your kind compliments about my blog and artwork. I’m very much enjoying your blog and fab photos!
Thanks again Patricia. And, good luck with your art.
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I really love this series, especially the fog.
Thanks Sherry. I learned a lot about shooting in fog that helped when I got to San Francisco.