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The Way West
Photography by Jim Richardson

“Let me with more of devotional feeling name it prairie alter. Flowers have I gathered & grass & lain upon its summit. . . . I feel I am alone with the sky & nature.”
C.B. Darwin, 1849



Camera: Nikon F100
Film Type: Fuji Velvia
Lens: Nikkor 20-35mm f2.8
Speed and F Stop: 1/30 at f/11
Weather Conditions: Morning with fog just starting to burn off
Time of Day: Bright and early
Lighting Techniques: Find the fog, stick with it while it changes.

SPECIAL EQUIPMENT OR COMMENTS:
Fog can be tricky to capture. Often the time in between total fog and when the sun burns it off is the critical window. When I arrived it was totally socked in. Slowly the sun started to lighten it up a bit and the freshening breeze wrapped the fog around the rocks. Often such scenes last only a minute or two, and sometimes only seconds if you need a shaft of light from the sun to highlight a landscape feature. I had been reading pioneer diaries and some mentioned scenes much like this, so I was even more pumped to capture the fleeting scene.


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