The incredible photography of a fog hunter
To make sure he is always prepared, he constantly checks cameras, satellites and forecasts. He can also call on the help of a small network of 20 people, whose members call themselves “Fogaholics”. As soon as the mist rolls in, the group will send each other updates.
In his hunt for the perfect photo, Nick discovered that in the summer, the fog in the Bay Area can rise to around 300 metres - the Golden Gate Bridge is 227 meters. So he needed a much higher vantage point.
And he found it at Mount Tamalpais. The 784-metre high mountain - incidentally the birthplace of mountain bikes - is Nick’s absolute favourite place. From this “heaven on earth,” as he calls it, he has the perfect view of the fog clouds below him.
By now Nick has been up there hundreds of times but he remembered the first time when, at the perfect height and density, the fog revealed a special kind of beauty. It moved like an ocean along the contours of the landscape, a phenomenon Nick calls “fog waves.”
He captures the fog in these various incarnations by experimenting with different exposure times on his camera. Not one pixel in the photographs is edited with Photoshop.
It’s a special photography trick which uses a neutral density filter to trick the camera into thinking it is night. This allows for a longer exposure time and the results are stunning dreamlike captures of the mist.