In storytelling, weather is often used as an emotional device, reflecting the feelings and emotions of characters or foreshadowing the events of a momentous scene. Thunder and lightning are symbols of anger and calamity, rain is often the pretext of sadness, and sunshine is inextricably linked to happiness. Then there’s fog, a staple of thrillers and romances alike, used for its mysterious, magical, and unknown qualities. Fog clearing over a lake as two lovers meet at dawn; fog shrouding a mysterious figure, intentions unknown. Even in theater, artificial fog is used to dramatize a scene.
Fog is a powerful tool in photography too, adding depth, texture, and emotion to images. A normal landscape can be heightened with fog, while a subject can be turned into a chilling centerpiece.
There are several types of fog, each lending its own look and feel to the world. Read on to learn how different types are formed and explore the beautiful images captured as the fog rolled in.
No, this fog isn’t related to nuclear fallout; it’s a common fog-nomenom that happens after sunset, when the ground radiates the heat it captured during the day, cooling the surrounding air and creating a cloud of fog that persists through the night and usually dissipate by dawn. The Tule fog, a seasonal ground fog that settles over California’s Sacramento and San Joaquin Valleys between November and March, is an example of radiation fog.