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Dark and misty morning at Otley Chevin, Yorkshire

Dark and misty morning at Otley Chevin, Yorkshire
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8 Comments | Report
gunners42
 
gunners42 February 23, 2015
Excellent.....now that's spooky!
CeeJay
CeeJay February 23, 2015
Thanks Gunner.
nicofurious
 
nicofurious February 27, 2015
Awesome, congrats !!!
CeeJay
CeeJay February 28, 2015
thanks nico
cmorisset PRO
 
cmorisset February 28, 2015
Stunning! Congrats on your well deserved win.
CeeJay
CeeJay February 28, 2015
thank you
wittmanngergely
 
wittmanngergely March 02, 2015
Its like in LOTR. :) excellent
CeeJay
CeeJay March 03, 2015
Thanks
DavyQuo PRO+
 
DavyQuo September 16, 2015
great use of b&w ... nice work
JohnCookPhotography PRO+
 
JohnCookPhotography September 16, 2015
Perfect
CeeJay
CeeJay September 20, 2015
Thank you
judithstopforth
 
judithstopforth September 17, 2015
Nice capture!
CeeJay
CeeJay September 20, 2015
Thanks Judith
Thomas_Knox
 
Thomas_Knox January 21, 2016
Like a dream sequence..

Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken on Otley Chevin. It's a protected area of forest in West Yorkshire (near Leeds). The Chevin over looks the south side of the small market town of Otley. The whole area is beautiful with views stretching out as far as the eye can see across the Yorkshire Dales. I'm spoiled for choice where I live but there are a few places, like here, which I return to regularly as every time there is something different.
Time
This was taken early morning. I remember I wanted to get some misty shots and had been getting up each morning with the promise from the previous nights forecast of mist but it would clear quickly. This day was perfect, no wind and thick fog very gradually lifting through the day.
Lighting
Obviously with these weather conditions the light was low, dull and flat. Exactly what I wanted so I could use the trees gradually fading to white/grey to give a fabulous sense of depth in the shot.
Equipment
I used my good ol' Nikon D5100 (you really dont need expensive gear to make a good shot), 35mm f/1.8 lens with a remote trigger and my tripod. Thats it.
Inspiration
Otley Chevin is somewhere I keep going back to, I want to make pictures of it in all weather conditions, all season, all times of day. The location is my inspiration.
Editing
All post was done in lightroom. I wanted to make a series of high contrast, stark black and white images in the mist. While pushing the highlights right back and lifting the shadows I did the opposite with the tone curve for the strong contrast.
In my camera bag
I try to travel as light as possible so aside from my camera I have a sigma 18-300mm which is a great all rounder. I was really surprised just how sharp it is at full zoom. I always pop in my 35mm because it makes no difference to overall weight and size and it's always nice to have a little prime handy. Then a couple of ND and grad filters, spare batteries/cards and remote trigger in the bag with the tripod over my shoulder.
Feedback
Shooting in fog is bit like shooting in snow, the camera's own light meter can get tricked so using exposure comp can help if it's needed. Be patient, the mist moves and changes density, so wait till you see what you want then fire away. Having said that, when shooting in fog it's probably a good idea if you know the area because you aint gonna see much without knowing what to look for. Most importantly get out there regardless of the conditions. I suffer with depression so just leaving the house can sometimes be difficult for me but there is no better therapy once you're out there. Happy snapping.

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