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Fog rising off Portage lake, Alaska

Fog rising off Portage lake, Alaska
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34 Comments | Report
Denalyn
 
Denalyn July 11, 2016
The beautiful simplicity of this picture...it's incredible. I love it. So calming.
Paul_Joslin Platinum
Paul_Joslin January 01, 2017
Thank you! You have a lot of nice photos on your Viewbug site.
Witmar
 
Witmar August 23, 2016
amazing picture
ricklecompte PRO+
 
ricklecompte October 31, 2016
Purest Pleasure. If I had a hat on, I'd take it off in your honor...
eelcovanroden PRO+
 
eelcovanroden January 19, 2017
Fabulous...
carineallder
 
carineallder May 13, 2017
Stunning.
znikon
 
znikon June 07, 2017
Gorgeous view and awesome composition
traceymcdonald
 
traceymcdonald July 08, 2017
Amazing!
JohnBentham79
 
JohnBentham79 July 21, 2017
How to make a small rock the centre of attention in such a huge shot. Good job!
Diogo_Pereira
 
Diogo_Pereira July 25, 2017
Very nice! Thanks for submitting it to my challenge! :)
Alinaphotos
 
Alinaphotos July 28, 2017
This is an amazing shot! Really stunning.
GayleLucci Platinum
 
GayleLucci July 31, 2017
WOW!!! So much with so little...Amazing impact.
MariaBander PRO+
 
MariaBander August 01, 2017
Superbe picture! Absolutely stunning.
JPZRO
 
JPZRO August 06, 2017
Stunning shot
livioferrari PRO+
 
livioferrari August 06, 2017
Congratulations!
debrapetre
 
debrapetre August 09, 2017
Congratulations, Paul! Absolutely incredible work on this!!
Byronfairphotography PRO+
 
Byronfairphotography September 07, 2017
Very cool, Outstanding capture
WolfAvni
 
WolfAvni November 11, 2017
zen indeed! thanks for joining the challenge
Mann-Niyati
 
Mann-Niyati January 29, 2018
Time for soul, so peaceful.
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots February 01, 2018
Awesome capture. Congrats!
roselineroby
 
roselineroby February 01, 2018
Un magnifique simplicité, bravo
Pjerry PRO+
 
Pjerry February 01, 2018
Beautiful
carolannmaggard
 
carolannmaggard June 15, 2018
Beautiful! Congrats!
JayneBug Platinum
 
JayneBug July 15, 2018
Beauty, simplicity, tone......fantastic. Congratulations!
MikeBoyle PRO+
 
MikeBoyle July 15, 2018
Congratulations on your winning photo
MikeBoyle PRO+
 
MikeBoyle July 15, 2018
Congratulations on your winning photo. Nice...very nice
Mish55
 
Mish55 July 16, 2018
Stunning capture!
jfischerphotography PRO
 
jfischerphotography November 02, 2018
Fantastic!
Nadine.A.
 
Nadine.A. August 13, 2019
Simply beautiful
DutchTouch Platinum
 
DutchTouch December 06, 2019
Beautiful work of Art!
Arzhtatiana PRO
 
Arzhtatiana December 29, 2020
Cool!
Adriuska
 
Adriuska Jan 18
Congratulations great photo!
deekaycee PRO+
 
deekaycee Jan 18
WTG I n your challenge win! Love all the shades of grey!
AnnHopta PRO+
 
AnnHopta Mar 23
What a beautiful minimalist photo. Fantastic.
AnnHopta PRO+
 
AnnHopta Jul 08
Thank you for entering my challenge 'Creative/Abstract Photos From The Camera'. Voting is now open and your vote is needed to choose the People's Choice winner. Thank you for voting and good luck! Ann

Behind The Lens

Location
The photo was taken on Portage Lake located on the foot of Portage Glacier, Alaska.
Time
It was close to four in the afternoon in late October which is late afternoon here in Alaska at that time of year.
Lighting
There was a low fog across the entire lake which gave the several large rocks that poked above the surface a zen like quality and were very beautiful in their own right. High above the sky was blue. Being late in the afternoon, the sun had already dropped behind the towering mountains behind me, which coupled with the blue sky, gave both the fog and the foreground surroundings a mysterious almost magical blue cast. Here and there where the fog blanket thinned momentarily distant majestic snow capped mountains would occasionally peak through.
Equipment
I used a Nikon D300s, a setting of 18 mm, and photographed at 1/250 sec, f10, ISO 200.
Inspiration
It had been foggy intermittently through the day. Passing near the Portage Lake turnoff I thought I would detour the couple of miles to take a look in the off chance that it would prove interesting. Little did I realize just how good it would be. Ended up taking many photos of zen like rocks poking up through the water surface and into the fog.
Editing
I improved the clarity and sharpness a bit on the rock while avoiding dehazing on the fog itself.
In my camera bag
My equipment on most occasions is simple--currently a Nikon D500 and an 18 to 300 Nikkor lens. It pretty much covers every situation and I never have to worry about getting dust inside the camera. I also usually carry an SB 900 flash if I am photographing people indoors, and use it primarily as a bounce flash to create side lighting. A sling bag is absolutely a must for me so that I can be ready in a moments notice. The sling bag is large enough that I am able to also carry a carbon fiber tripod within it for those special occasions when one is needed. A piece of equipment I use a lot and highly recommend is a carpenter's knee pad. While it saves the knees mostly for low angle shots, I can also sit on it or lie with my elbows on it. The pad also doubles as protection for the camera when it is in the sling bag, as I have removed most of the original padding.
Feedback
Composition is key in photographing scenery. Including the rock in the foreground a third of the way into the frame balanced by two mountains in the background was an intentional capture. While this photo could also have worked well in black and white, I think retaining the natural blue cast adds something to the emotional power of the photo. The scene ,while zen like in mood, had a sense of coolness about it created by the fog lifting off the glacier fed pond and the two snow capped mountains in the background.

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