Sunday, February 16, 2014

Weather: Photographing Fog

Fog

What comes to mind when we think about fog?

A kind of mystery? An element of surprise? Halloween? Ghosts? An unknown we don't really want to get to know? 

Fog in the city may not be that scary. After all, we know the city--its sounds, its pulse. But get lost in the fog while in the middle of nature, with no compass to guide you North, and fog can be quite...well, quite scary. Fog takes away our ability to see, allowing us, at most, to make up silhouettes and shadows. Shapes we cannot quite recognize.

Shades of light rays seep through fog. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Shades of light rays seep through fog. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
In the above image, I was on a trail, in the middle of nature. Fog was coming in waves, covering everything for a few moments, only to disappear slowly, as if veiling and unveiling a beautiful scenery. Meanwhile, rays of sunlight would seep through the fog, coloring it in warm shades of red and orange.

Usually, while in the middle of Mother Nature, fog is accompanied by silence. A deafening silence that adds to the mystery, and also to the realization that Mother Nature is still in charge. Dare we upset Her. Maybe not.

Lehua Fog. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Lehua Fog. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Lehua is a small tip of an island, off the coast of Kauai, the Garden Island of Hawaii, and Nihau, the Forbidden Island of Hawaii. Lehua is only a birds' paradise, otherwise not inhabited.

So, we find ourselves lost. Without our sight or hearing. Pushed around by a windy breeze that we can only feel. A breeze that brushes us gently, forcing us to drift away into the wild unknown.


But fog is also interesting to photograph. Maybe because of its mystery.  Here are a few images of fog I've taken over the years. For more fog, nature and landscape photography, click here.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Alina Oswald
Writer. Photographer. Author.


Fog over Napali Coast Observatory. Kauai, Hawaii. B&W Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Fog over Napali Coast Observatory. Kauai, Hawaii. B&W Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
 In the above image, clouds and fog cover Kauai's Napali Coast, heading toward the observatory.

Fog over Nihau. The Forbidden Island of Hawaii. B&W Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Fog over Nihau. The Forbidden Island of Hawaii. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Nihau, or the Forbidden Island of Hawaii, is mysterious in itself. It doesn't need fog (like in the above image) to add to its mystery. And yet, on that foggy, cloudy day, the shape of Nihau resembled some kind of a monster, coming out of the water, and fog.

Fog over Haleakala Observatory. Maui, Hawaii. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Fog over Haleakala Observatory. Maui, Hawaii. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Another Hawaiian island, another observatory. This time, Haleakala National Park, in Maui, Hawaii.

Fog and Smoke on Big Island Lava Fields. Aerial Photography by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Fog and Smoke on Big Island Lava Fields. Aerial Photography by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

'fog' is due to the smoking craters, on the Big Island. Aerial Photography of smoking lava fields by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Sometimes 'fog' is due to the smoking craters, on the Big Island. Aerial Photography of smoking lava fields by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.