Tom McCreary, APSA, MPSA  

Foggy morning by Tom McCreary, APSA, MPSA

March 2023 - Foggy morning

March 2023 - Tom McCreary, APSA, MPSA


About the Image(s)

Foggy Morning

This was taken in the Smoky Mountains in October 2021. It was taken with my Olympus camera at 80mm, 1/1000th second, f8, and ISO 200. I liked the fog lifting from the valley below and the sun rays on the trees. The image was mostly monochrome, but I did convert to monochrome in Photoshop.

10 comments posted

Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
(Groups 24 & 83 & 87)
Very nice composition, Tom.

Love moody landscapes in virtue of both man-made and natural atmospheric conditions, and when the user captures the scene correctly, while imbuing the authenticity within reality.

Fine re-crop and the B&W conversion is most definitely appropriate.   Posted: 03/07/2023 12:38:07
Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
Thanks!   Posted: 03/07/2023 12:50:20

Diana Magor   Diana Magor
I love the misty conditions and would have been right there beside you with my camera. However, it does lack a centre of interest, although my eye did keep coming back to the rays of light crossing the trees but I also kept looking at the two small trees right on the edge at the right. They are beautifully rim lit with the mist behind them.
I think you've cropped it well. Can you increase the detail in the centre dark foliage which seems blocked up on my monitor. (I've just calibrated the monitor so it should be showing the detail as seen.)   Posted: 03/09/2023 06:02:19

Wes Odell   Wes Odell
This destroys the old time Kodak film instructions to have the sun behind you when taking a picture. I've been seeing a lot of misty/foggy photos recently. This one stands up well to the others. I agree with Diana about bringing out some detail in the dark center.   Posted: 03/09/2023 17:47:36

Dr Somdutt Prasad
Tom, sorry mate, doesn't work for me (but photography is subjective), there is nothing to draw the eye. The rays make some point of interest, but not enough for me. Different tastes I presume.


Som   Posted: 03/13/2023 10:34:30

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
Yes, I can understand the importance in many images for a center of interest, but I don't think that is a rule that must be followed in all images. Just as Wes pointed out that the lighting angle rule does not always have to be followed.
So to assess this, setting aside common rules, I find it completely charming in conveying the charm of the Smokies. I am particularly excited that it shows those shafts of light.   Posted: 03/13/2023 19:31:32
Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
Thanks.   Posted: 03/13/2023 20:04:04
Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
(Groups 24 & 83 & 87)
Indeed, "rules" often stymie the creative process as it relates to the traditional values (and dynamics) in photography.

Of course, not every image that ventures outside the so called Kodak instructions will fare well, but by all means, venture beyond these borders and explore what creative possibilities lay ahead.   Posted: 03/14/2023 07:36:44
Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
Thanks, well spoken.   Posted: 03/15/2023 07:40:11
Wes Odell   Wes Odell
nice analysis, Stephen.   Posted: 03/15/2023 04:11:13


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