The Mystery of early-morning fog

Every once in a while, a powerful fog rolls over the golf course near my house, usually in the early morning hours. On one such occasion, I decided to capture its effects, using my ancient view camera and sheet film. I got two rather special photographs which now adorn the walls of my house.

In this age of “gun and run” digital shooting, there is something to be said for the whole experience of using a film camera, mounted on a tripod, and staring into the upside-down image on a 4 by 5 inch ground glass. Everything about taking a picture slows down, which has its creative advantages in my humble opinion.
golf course fog1Technical details: Zone VI view camera, 150mm lens, Kodak Ektar 100 color negative film. I metered the light with a spot meter, and exposed the film for 1/8 second at f/16.

This second photograph looks down the fairway. The thick fog produces an effect that really cannot be duplicated with lens filters, or later in Photoshop. The level of detail decreases with distance, as does the contrast. This image has an almost monochrome look to it, and a certain moodiness. Both pictures contain a huge amount of fine detail, the result of shooting on a large piece of film, and would reproduce clearly in murals of almost any size.

golf course fog2

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