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POTM Winner • Matthew Holland

Marlow, England
Olympus OM-D EM-5 Mk II, Olympus 40-150mm f/2.8, f/5.6, 1/50sec, ISO 200

Experiencing foggy conditions at your door step is always highly rewarding, although it is something that rarely happens, especially when the fog is at the right high with the sun rising over the hills behind the scene. Being in the right place at the right time, as well as having patience is a must in order to capture the perfect moment.

Winter 2019 had been a slow season; any half decent conditions had been difficult or too far to get to. We’ve had little to no snow in the south of England and when it did arrive, I couldn’t get to the locations because of it.

Feeling frustrated by the poor weather conditions and lack of snow meant that I was struggling to get out with the camera due to lack of motivation. The camera has been often left at home or buried in my rucksack. Still, I had been ever hopeful that something would happen soon enough. What I didn’t expect was a week of thick fog looming over the valleys and hills, only a stone’s throw away from where I live and work.

The previous night I could see the sun setting and the fog developing over the fields. Driving in the wrong direction, I could see traffic building up behind me, so I decided not to turn around and photograph it. I hoped that the conditions would remain the same until the morning when I could get up earlier and catch the sunrise with the fog.

My patience was worth it. I could see the fog over the fields as I drove down the hill towards Marlow. I pulled in at a layby and ventured into the small pocket of woods to photograph the lone trees in the field. As the sun came up over the hills and the fog began to glow with a faint orange hue, I was ready to catch this beautiful and mysterious scene.

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