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Old 19-01-2010, 18:22   #1 (permalink)
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Photographing Fog

This is a multiple question. All my pictures came out OK but I think they could have been better. I was using partial for metering, would it have been better to use spot? And I metered from distances trying to go for neutral looking tree or fog covered bush. Whats the right way to meter Fog?
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Re: Photographing Fog

Fog tends to give an even range to a scene - so matrix metering would be my choice.

But as with most shots that don't involve the subject running away - take a shot and look at your histogram.
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Re: Photographing Fog

I rarely come off Evaluative - principally as I'm now getting pretty good at setting the correct Exposure Compensation (but always check the histogram after the first shot) and the advantage I get is that quick snapshots are usually adequately exposed

Exp comp is great until the end of the pathetic POS Canon max/min of +/- 2.0 is reached and there's a need to go further (like in the recent snow which really needed +2.3) - it's been a bugbear of mine, especially given that my ancient 6 year old Sigma SD10 does +/- 3.0!
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Re: Photographing Fog

I've been having pretty good luck with the partial metering. I have used matrix/evaluative the most. The last fog I used I took a custom balance from the fog above me. I've read you can take an exposure reading up close and then shoot farther out and that would work. Just don't get much fog where I live and would love to see the texture of wispy fog. The best pictures I took were years ago with a point and shoot and the fog slipping through the tree branchs. Thanks for your replys,,,anymore tips or experiences with fog?
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After work last night the fog was real heavy again, rare for these parts. I went out and used spot meter on lighter, neutral and darker parts of trees. The medium part came out the best. Things look so good surrounded by fog, we have had fog for about two weeks. I am surprised no one else has any tips or storys about fog. We in the states have heard so much about the "London fog".
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Bumped into some the other day post image soon Boofers.
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Bumped into some the other day post image soon Boofers.
I saw your castle picture, looks great with the graduated fog lightened behing it. I guess after I started this thread I really stated to think about the many ways you can use fog and expose for it. The key is getting the lightness and darkness or even texture when you want it.
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