I thought it was going to be a typical, cloudless morning when it started getting light at around 5:30 yesterday. But at 6:15, I noticed a few clouds heading east and got that feeling that they were really going to shape up for a nice sunrise. They just looked like the right kind of cloud. So acting on my hunch, I pulled out the camera, climbed out on the roof, and set up the tripod in a spot where I could get a full view of the horizon without any obstructions. It was worth it! The color God puts in His sunrises astound me sometimes.
At 6:30, I got the idea to use an ND filter to see if I couldn’t capture some movement in the clouds. I had taken my filters out of my camera bag a few weeks previous for various reasons, so I ran back into the air-conditioned house, grabbed some filters, ran back out into the humid July morning, and immediately screwed on the ND filter. The next few compositions looked pretty interesting; not necessarily bad, just not right. 🙂 I forgot that cold glass fogs up real quick when brought out into a hot and humid environment.
I have put the filters back in my bag and will keep them there. You can keep your lenses and filters from fogging up if you keep all your equipment at ambient temperature or by storing it in plastic bags during drastic temperature changes. You don’t want stuff fogging up in the moments you need it most!