04.09.17: Geese and fog

Canada Geese float on a foggy lake in Sharon Woods Metro Park, Westerville, Ohio. 


Technical information

Oct. 29, 2005,
8:18 a.m.

40°6’41” N,
82°57'40" W
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Canon EOS 20D

Canon EF 28-135 f/3.5-5.6 (28mm) 


1/100th second


I guess you could say that, as a photographer, I have a love-hate relationship with fog.

There have been mornings when I’ve planned in advance to go on a wildlife hike only to wake to a heavy fog that forced plans to change. It’s difficult to photograph wildlife when you can’t see.

But I also have a number of nice photos that utilize fog. A patch of fog can create an interesting mood in a landscape photograph.

This photo, taken on a fall morning, combines wildlife, landscape and fog to create a tranquil scene.

The weather had turned cold on this late October morning, creating a fog that hung over the water in Schrock Lake in Sharon Woods Metro Park north of Columbus, Ohio. The geese didn’t seem to mind. They floated quietly on the water, seemingly oblivious to their surroundings.

The geese seemed to form a triangle on the water, with the morning light diffused through the fog creating a seamless, monotone canvas. It’s impossible to tell where the water ends and the fog or sky begins.

The view of the geese in the foreground — and their reflections — is unaffected by the fog, but the birds further from the camera position begin to blend with the fog and the background.

I liked what I saw through the viewfinder so I grabbed a couple of shots, then continued my wildlife photo hike. 

The only fog I saw that morning was on the lake and it helped to create an interesting photograph.

A selective fog … that definitely fits into the love part of my relationship with fog. 

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