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    Frazer Family

    It was a beautiful, foggy Sunday morning, and I couldn’t let the opportunity pass to attempt to get some good fog pictures. I had a bit of difficulty getting a good composition, but finally got these two. Especially in the second photo, I was attempting to capture the streams of sunlight pouring through the trees. Do you have any ideas how to capture this more vividly? How would you edit these with the sunbeams in mind? Thank you!


    Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T3
    Lense: 28-105; 3.5-4.5
    Focal length: First picture–48mm. Second picture–30mm.
    Shutter speed: First picture–1/160th sec. Second picture–1/100th sec.
    Aperture: First picture–f/6.3. Second picture–f/5.6.
    ISO sensitivity: First picture–100. Second picture–100.


    I saw this post yesterday and decided to try myself this morning at trying to get sunbeam in a nice composition. The only thing I could maybe suggest is to raise your aperture to over maybe f/28 to get a sunstar wich reflect the sunbeam that we see. So trying to get the sun in your composition could have been a good idea. Also another thing I like to do when I get my camera out in foggy weather, is to get a subject in silouhette like what you did with the cedar in your second picture. Maybe a cow, or a cat or whatever else in the driveway could have improved the picture?

    Since I never really know the perfect camera setting on occasion like this, I alway put my camera in manuel, take a couple of pictures, look at them and change my setting until my pictures reflect the most what I see.

    James Staddon

    There were several foggy mornings down here recently too! It happened to be on the Photography Day in Cincinnatti so that was neat.

    It’s amazing how fog can transform a “normal” location into some place magical, it’s it? Great choice of subjects.

    The first shot really leads my eye out into the bright sunlight. But once my eye gets there, there’s nothing much else for it to do (except maybe go down to look at the dark bush that’s in focus in the foreground). If there was some way to accentuate the rays of light streaming down on the left side of the picture, I think that would help….it would give the eye something to travel back on to restart it’s walk down the path. Also, I think getting lower to have something dark along the bottom of the picture would cause the road to stand out more as a leading shape (so maybe getting really low to the ground). I feel like the trees in the background are in-between sharp and not-sharp (and my mind wants them to be either/or) so it sorta of bugs me a little bit. I would do one extreme or the other, perhaps experimenting with having the leaves in the foreground obviously blurred, and then see what it looks like having the background trees obviously blurred (I think the former would be most pleasing).

    As for the second picture, I like the strong vertical shapes. There’s this sense of depth due to the idea of “bottom to top” shape-matching. I’m not too keen on the almost-blurred/almost-sharp leaves framing the top of the picture. Simplify the scene by stooping down a bit and not including them at all. Frames are good, but in this situation my eye is led up the tree only to bump into the branch before getting the full experience of the sun filtering through the forest beyond. Perhaps simplify the scene even further by not including the tree on the left as a frame too. I think it throws off the balance of the composition (unless of course there was a similar tree you could use to frame the right side just as much as the left.) You’re really pulling out the best from the vertical lines here! Good shot.

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