Fog isn’t much fun to walk or drive in, but it can be excellent for creating dramatic effects in photography.
Images of fog-drenched streets conjure up a certain feeling, bringing to mind Sherlock Holmes, the Victorian era, or perhaps Gotham City.
Seeing the potential for some stunning shots, Polish photographer Paweł Uchorczak waited for a foggy night in his hometown of Opole to capture the following images.
Uchorczak said that the fog gives normal places an “amazing mood” which allows us to hear “the quiet, nocturnal rhythm of the city.” Here’s what that looks like:
If you would like to try your hand at some of your own foggy shots, photography site Cambridge in Colour has some tips.
According to Cambridge in Colour, fog is a natural “soft box,” which reduces contrast, thus sometimes requiring longer exposure times. Generally speaking, the slower moving the fog, the longer exposure time you can use.
Since fog makes air more reflective to light, Cambridge in Colour says fog may trick your camera’s light meter into thinking it needs to decrease exposure. In order to compensate for this, try increasing the exposure.
Other tips include emphasising depth and light and looking for silhouettes that cut through the fog. You should also watch out for condensation which can form on the camera’s lens if the fog is dense.
As in the case of Uchorczak’s work, timing is everything. Fog moves at varying rates but often changes so slowly our eyes have trouble perceiving it. You’ll probably have to make yourself comfortable and wait for just the right moment. Of course, it also helps if you live in a super photogenic European town.