FOG Series | Dec 23
long exposures of san francisco’s famous fog
Every so often, San Francisco is covered in a disorienting and mesmerizing layer of incredibly dense fog. I love those days. Yet, I never know when they will come or how long they will last. I’ve been slowly working on a series of images that captures these eerily beautiful days. It is one of the more frustrating set of images I’ve tried to capture — mostly because I cannot control it. Some days, I’m ready and waiting, yet there is no fog. Other days, I’m rushing from home to work, the fog and the light are perfect, but I have no time and no camera. These images require equipment that does not lend itself to spontaneity, yet the moments they capture are impossible to plan for.
I hope the increase of wet weather this winter leads to far more opportunities to add to this series — each time I walk away with one of these images, I’m reminded of why I love photography so much in the first place.
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Mission Bay + Big Stopper | Mar 13
an eerie landscape with the lee big stopper 10-stop neutral density filter
I found this little spot a few weeks back while driving to work. It was a perfect foggy morning and I was dying to shoot it! Unfortunately, I didn’t have any of my gear with me, so I had to pass it up. I recently got a new LEE Big Stopper 10-stop ND filter and have been waiting and waiting for another super foggy eerie morning. Finally, it happened this morning — one of the foggiest mornings I remember. Luckily, the back of my car was almost full of camera gear, including my new 10-stop Big Stopper.
After almost killing myself jumping around on slippery mossy rocks, here is my first image with the 10-stop ND filter. After dialing down my aperture and ISO, and popping on the Big Stopper, I was able to turn my 1/15th of a second test exposure into a 180 second exposure (3 minutes)! So far… I love this thing.