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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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