This past week saw the return of winter with several days of frost, fog & snow. Really cannot complain about this winter as so far it has been a lot better then the past two winters. A number of days of crazy wind but really not a lot of cold. So the other day when I heard about a fog warning being issued north of me I was wondering what would happen closer to home. Around 8pm I had my answer as the fog started to move in. As it did the frost started to take hold of anything it could attach itself to.
Like many other things in life I only believe it when I see it with my two eyes. So when I woke up around 4am and looked outside I was hopeful that by sunrise there may still be some frost hanging around. Went to take the dog for her walk at 7am and the fog was still hanging around making it seem like it was the middle of the night. Took a camera just in case but it was too dark to shoot anything. The good news was the fog was still here. There was also frost on the grass and no wind to knock the frost off.
Went back home to drop the dog off and head into work. As I was driving to Lethbridge I went through patches of fog. Some was so thick it was hard to see the side of the road. In other areas the fog had moved on but there was not a lot of frost. As I passed the research station east of Lethbridge everything came together. In fact I had passed the turnoff to the station when I realized that it was a perfect layer of frost on the trees and fog in the air. Took the next turn and I headed back to check out some possible shooting locations.
I love shooting frost pictures! The problem is that I usually find myself drawn to the high level bridge and I have overshot that. So looking for a new location and photo subject was high on my list for this frost. The trees and the right amount of fog at the research station was perfect for what I had in mind.
After taking a few sample shots I knew that the light was perfect for the look that I wanted. Many times with fog it is either too thick that it overpowers the real subject or it is to thin and does not show.
I spent the next several minutes shooting the scene that I had in my mind. The road proved to be perfect and the fog kept working with me so I was having a great time.
Once I was done at the Research Station I wanted another road picture. I decided that Parkside Drive would be my next stop. I was happy that I chose this as it gave a completely different look than the research station. With the long straight road leading of into the distance.
When I finished shooting and went back to the studio to edit the images I fell in love with the vertical image. I have a number of frames but one, called a stand out, looked perfect for this print. I printed the image as a 24×36, laminated then mounted it and once in the frame it truly looked finished! While most people had suffered through the fog on their way to work the fog gave me a number of great memories.