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Sun Rays Piercing the Fog



Rays of sun piercing the fog in a spruce forest at Patrick's Point State Park.

Rays of sun piercing the fog in a spruce forest at Patrick's Point State Park.
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22 Comments | Report
pietnel
 
pietnel May 30, 2017
Fantastic awesome shot
Olvewe518 PRO
 
Olvewe518 July 10, 2017
Beautiful
PetalFairy
 
PetalFairy October 12, 2017
amazing light. what a beautiful shot!
alexroibu
 
alexroibu October 26, 2017
I love this photo. You are the winner of my challenge. Have a nice day.
jamiesarkett
 
jamiesarkett October 26, 2017
Congrats - gorgeous
derekbradley
 
derekbradley December 04, 2017
Beautiful capture! Great
Katnott PRO+
 
Katnott January 20, 2018
This photo is absolutely fantastic Love it! what an amazing capture!!
one of my favorites ever!!!
katykelley PRO
 
katykelley February 07, 2018
Spectacular! I love the light through the trees!
conniehumphreys_3889
 
conniehumphreys_3889 April 08, 2018
Beautiful...congratulations
pantheon02
 
pantheon02 June 01, 2018
Amazing shot! Loved the B & W effect!
thunderlake
 
thunderlake July 27, 2018
Spectacular!!!
MikeBoyle PRO+
 
MikeBoyle July 27, 2018
Congratulations on your winning photo. Nice...very nice
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots July 27, 2018
Awesome capture! Congrats.
Snapsbysarah PRO
 
Snapsbysarah November 26, 2018
Amazing B&W shot
AmberDawn1
 
AmberDawn1 December 06, 2018
Beautiful...… :-)
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JayneBug February 26, 2019
Absolutely spectacular! Congratulations on your award winning image and capture!
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Beautiful-Breeze February 26, 2019
Congrats on your win 👍🏻👍🏻🎉🎉🎉🎉
ScenebytheRoad
 
ScenebytheRoad February 26, 2019
Amazing
Kjenora PRO+
 
Kjenora February 26, 2019
Congratulations! Great work!
margaretgodfrey PRO
 
margaretgodfrey February 26, 2019
Great capture - congrats on People's Choice
AliciaRPaparo
 
AliciaRPaparo March 25, 2019
Intense! I love it!
michalbakala
 
michalbakala April 04, 2019
fantastic !!

Behind The Lens

Location
This is from Patrick's Point State Park, near Trinidad, California. With dense groves of sitka spruce trees and plentiful fog from the ocean, it's one of the best places in the world to take fogshine photos like this.
Time
At some point during the late morning or afternoon, the fog starts to burn off enough to let sun rays through. On this day, it started in the early afternoon, around 2pm.
Lighting
To get distinct rays of fogshine like this, it helps to have trees at varying distances with sparse or no foliage on the branches. The fog tends to facilitate lighting like this when it's first rolling in or when it's burning off.
Equipment
This was taken with a Nikon D500 and Tamron 13-30mm zoom, handheld.
Inspiration
The forests of California's north coast are full of spectacular sights. Whenever I go for a forest hike, I like to take a wide angle lens and a macro lens because I never know what I'll come across.
Editing
Only minimal contrast curve adjustments were made to this image.
In my camera bag
For a hike in the woods, I take a Nikon D500 on a Joby sling strap, a Tamron 15-30mm zoom and a Tokina 90mm f/2.5 macro lens.
Feedback
It's hard to know exactly when and where you'll find an opportunity for a shot like this, but I've never regretted taking a camera for a walk in a foggy evergreen forest. All my favorite forest macro and landscape shots have come from simply exploring wild areas with a camera handy.

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