Pat Centeno  

Fog Walk by Pat Centeno

May 2023 - Fog Walk

May 2023 - Pat Centeno


About the Image(s)

This one's an oldie. It was shot on an iPad mini on Oct. 18, 2013, rear camera 33mm, f/2.4, ISO32, 1/495 sec.

While I hate to drive in fog, I always liked walking around in mysterious weather, seeing familiar scenes without having distant objects taking focus off nearby ones.

I used the native (built-in) Editing function in iPad Photos to try to remove some of the dreariness of the colors and to get nearby plants to show up better, "pop" a bit, and look sharper especially in the leaves. After cropping every side, I used a filter setting, "Vivid", Highlights -50, Vibrance +30, Tint +70, Sharpness +30, Definition +60, and this time NO vignette. (I tested out a hint of black, then white, but it looked odd, so I left Vignette at zero.)

On the large screen, I do notice that it introduced a bit of pixelization in the foggy areas. Is that distracting?

This round’s discussion is now closed!
5 comments posted

Steven Jungerwirth   Steven Jungerwirth
You did a great job of making the plants/colors pop more. Definitely more vivid and interesting in you edited image. One question I would ask - is whether they might be too bright/vivid - for a very foggy/overcast day? Are they consistent with the background lighting? They do make the photograph more interesting/pleasing to the eye.

Regarding pixelation . . . it's all about image size vs. the screen you are viewing on. These are relatively small images (approx 1000 x 700 pixels). Viewing them on a phone - they'll look fine. Enlarging them on a desktop screen - makes them appear pixelated since each pixel in the electronic file is filling several pixels on your screen. I imported them into Lightroom which allows easy viewing at various magnifications. Viewed at 100% (which most people recommend for viewing, editing, etc.) - they look fine. Expanded a little (200%) the pixelation is very apparent/distracting. If you wanted to view large or print - you could try expanding the image with LR/PS. I agree that your edits made the pixelation worse (probably by sharpening some noise present in the original image).   Posted: 05/08/2023 04:10:34

Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
I'm no stranger to fog out where I live, Pat, so I can identify with this. I think Steven makes a good point in that, maybe it's ok to let a foggy scene be soft, to just go with it. Good idea on cropping the bottom, but otherwise, I might have gone more in the direction of the original.   Posted: 05/09/2023 07:42:41

Quang Phan   Quang Phan
(Group 88)
Hi Pat, thank you for sharing the images. The pop of foreground color looks great, and I like how the fog remains dense and deep in the background. Regarding cropping, you may want to consider cropping the top and bottom to create a 16x9 ratio. I would not crop the left and right sides though, I like it as original image. As for the pixelation issue, I agree with Steven. Thanks and best regards.   Posted: 05/10/2023 15:10:11

Kieu-Hanh Vu   Kieu-Hanh Vu
Hi Pat,
I enjoy the foggy scene in this image! The mist and fog have transformed and given you a familiar location a completely different feeling and a bit of mystery.
To me, I'd prefer to embrace the softness of the fog more by decreasing the contrast to fade out the trees in the foreground instead of making them clearer and vivid. The great thing about working with these foggy scenes is that they could offer you incredible creative opportunities.

  Posted: 05/20/2023 23:24:27

Pat Centeno   Pat Centeno
All, your feedback helps. I hadn't thought I'd made it too bright overall until I saw it posted. Maybe need to dial it back/tone it down to keep the foggy aspect I was attracted to.   Posted: 05/23/2023 12:11:55