I had my eye on the weather conditions earlier in the week, and it was looking like we may be in for something rather special over the coming weekend. Cooler, clear nights with the temperature rising at dawn meant one thing. Mist, a landscape photographers dream.
Up at 5am on Sunday morning, armed with the Canon 1DX (24-105L), and the Fuji (Samyang 12mm), I had already decided that the Samyang would be far too wide for the Cambridgeshire Fens, even coming in at 18mm on the cropped body. (more on why ultra wide isn't always good for landscape in a future blog)
As I drove along to my planned spot I actually happened upon some round hay bales in a field shrouded in mist, with just a glimpse of the pink/purple hue of dawn on the horizon. I knew I couldn't stay long, if I wanted to make the most of the conditions at my originally planned location, and yet I knew I couldn't just drive on past.
A hasty exit from the car found me stomping across the field in semi darkness, armed with the Canon + 24-105. A quick drop in of a trusty graduated ND filter allowed me to hold back the highlights in the sky while exposing for the foreground. I actually didn't want to have the bales fully exposed, as to my eye they were still shrouded in semi darkness so I actually exposed half a stop under. A slight crop and small change to the black and white points in post.
My main location delivered some wonderful conditions, as I thought it would, although I don't plan to work on those images for a while. Below however a quick reference shot to highlight the mood. I actually found the atmosphere to be quite moving, standing there alone, spider webs glistening like crystals in the early morning light. I actually felt sorry for those who were not there to witness it, and yet I was thankful I was alone.
Once all of the early morning conditions had burnt away I made my way home. On the way I noticed that the mist was still in full effect close to my local village so rather than head straight home I made a quick detour onto Fulbourn Fen. It was, I could tell, a race against time, as the mist was fast evaporating. I didn't quite make it to the location I wanted, but noted the trees in the distance which I felt would make for quite a nice subject, shrouded in mist. I also quite liked how the ploughed field in the foreground almost looked as though it had recently been set alight, with the mist drifting a few feet above the soil.
A wonderful morning with some of the most incredible conditions I've witnessed in this area for quite sometime.
More images coming soon on my Facebook page.