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Ken Cole
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/7/2005

Night Fog Pictures

I have very little experience with night photography. This past weekend I experimented with a shooting a bridge at night in a particularly dense fog. I was disappointed that the street lights ended up as globes of light with halos around them instead of the artistic lanterns that they were. Is this because of the fog and is there a way to lessen the halos without compromising the overall exposure of the shot?

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2/6/2006 7:04:49 AM

Mark Feldstein
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/17/2005
  Greetings Ken. I live pretty close to San Francisco where we have 5 seasons: Spring, summer, fall, winter and FOG. LOL !!

To answer your question, the fog is essentially water droplets that diffuse the light so sure, that would cause the street lights to appear larger than they are and less detailed than they would without the fog. As to your second question, no, not really. Or at least I don't know any tricks that might work unless you try shooting Infra red film. That might do it for ya but then, you might lose a significant amount of the effects you get from the fog itself, which can be quite interesting, ya know?

Take it light.

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2/8/2006 8:03:58 PM

Ken Cole
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/7/2005
  Hi Mark. That is very helpful. I am sure you are very experienced in fog photography! It agree that it is wonderful for setting atmosphere and special effects. This post is a bit misleading because I was trying to upload the picture under discussion and somehow it ended up being attached to a different thread. If you would take a look at: you will have a chance to read some extensive discussion others have had on this topic. Thanks again for your time and input to this interesting subject.

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2/8/2006 8:40:44 PM

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