Yesterday's Light

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Sometimes It’s Just Fog

The Nubble in fog

Sometimes the Maine coast is simply about fog.  It appears early in the morning and hangs around for about as long as it wants to.  You’ll see and hear weather forecasts saying that it will disappear at 9:00 AM or 10:00 AM or even noon.  Don’t pay any attention.  It’ll disappear when it’s damn good and ready.  On this particular day, the “forecast” was for clear, blue skies by 10:30 in the morning.  This picture was taken at about 1:30 in the afternoon.  While you can see sunlight on the light tower, it’s obviously still just a bit thick.  It cleared about 2:00.

And that’s not bad.  Sometimes it never clears at all.  It just hangs around and you spend the day listening to the foghorns.

8 Responses to “Sometimes It’s Just Fog”

  1. Juha Haataja

    So delicate… First I admired the subtle tones of the buildings, but what really caught my eye was the way the fog enhances the rocks, making them look as if painted with watercolors.

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    • Paul Maxim

      Thanks, Juha. You’re right – fog takes away the apparent reality and leaves you with something else. Like “watercolors”.

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  2. Colin Griffiths

    Stunning, it’s so graphic. We’ve all seen those moments, but some of us have never managed to capture it in the faithful way you have.

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  3. ken bello

    Juha is really observant! The watercolor is accurate description. As much as fog is a pain in the a** to drive in, it simplifies photos by obscuring detail, muting color and leaving only the important elements in the photo. This is no exception, it’s really very nice. Another nice thing about fog is that you can shoot in early afternoon and still have wonderful light. And foghorns are music to my ears.

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    • Paul Maxim

      Thanks, Ken. Yes, I’m a bit of a foghorn lover, too. Truth is, there aren’t too many boats that need them anymore. Most vessels have very good GPS systems on board. But they still like to see the lights or be able to hear the foghorns. Some things never change……

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    • Paul Maxim

      Thanks, Don. Yes, one of those filters you can “feel”.

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