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Foggy boreal morning

Mist rises from several small mirror smooth lakes in the early morning of a warm summer day in the boreal forest of northern Alberta, Canada

Morning fog over boreal lakes

Here’s another photo that I took from the chopper on my way to work one morning last shift. It’s from a different morning as the previous photo, but from the same general area—near Namur Lake in northern Alberta (~100 km northwest of Fort McMurray).

This was a tricky image to print. I tried to get the balance right between detail in the shadows, but still having the landscape dark with just the top of the fog lightening as the sun first peaks over the horizon. It was also hard to figure out the right white balance to use—the Auto WB on my camera was quite cool (very blue shadows), and setting it to Daylight WB made everything very orange-y. I set a manual balance somewhere in the middle, leaning towards cool—does anyone know a good tip for setting white balance for sunrise/sunset so accurately represent how the scene was perceived at the time?

This’ll be my last post for a little while as I’m going up for another shift, but hopefully I will return with many more new photos to share!

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1 comment to Foggy boreal morning

  • Absolutely beautiful! I especially like the foreground, with the reflections, two- toned fog, and tree details. The background is nice, but can’t compete with the spectacular-ness of the foreground.

    As far as white balance goes, I think you did a great job here. I always leave my camera on auto white balance, and I also always have to correct it in post. When you’re shooting raw that’s not a problem. I think the only way around that is to carry around a white card, and keep doing custom white balances, which is to cumbersome for me.

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