Right around Thanksgiving last year I noticed that our seasonal fog patterns were starting to set in. I knew of a location about 45 minutes from my house and a short hike that would allow for some great views above the fog. There was also a tree near by that I have photographed often, which had potential if the conditions were good.
A friend and I drove in almost white out fog conditions to the parking lot which we missed the first time. After hiking to the top of the table we started to see clear skies above. I quickly set up my camera on an overlook, but the fog was constantly shifting, so while I was waiting I pulled out my secondary camera, a Nikon D5600 that has been converted to shoot infrared only.
I noticed the sun starting to rise behind my favorite tree and that it was backlighting the fog. I started exploring different compositions handholding since my tripod was tied up with the other camera. As soon as I realized the quality of light, I knew I had a good image, at times feeling like I was shooting the cover of a spiritual pamphlet.
We have had yet to have any rains in our area and much of the grass was still dry. Combined with the volcanic table top it gave a surreal look with the lighting. I tried angles in all directions around the tree but kept coming back to this position. Once I got home I processed the infrared and felt that it worked better in black and white.
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