Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Fog and Roses............

I love photographing in the fog. Here in Sacramento we get "tule" fog in the winter. This is a ground fog primarily found in the Central Valley of California. The "official" time frame for tule fog to form is November 1 to March 31. Rainfall and other precise conditions are needed in order for this fog to occur, so given the drought situation here, we had very few foggy mornings this past winter.

A couple of weeks ago we had some spring storms roll through town.  Around this time, I discovered roses blooming in an alley in my neighborhood. I made a few images with my iPhone one day, then went back with my Nikon the next and photographed just as the rain was beginning to fall. I got in a few shots, but the combination of the rain and no tripod, made for less then ideal conditions.

Here is one of the iPhone images, heavily processed through so many apps, I can't remember which ones:

©2014 Dianne Poinski

That evening as I was reviewing the few Nikon shots I made, I thought to myself, "I really need to go back there with my tripod". 

The next day, I woke up early even though it was a Saturday, and before looking out the window, I knew........... It was foggy! 

This does not happen at the end of April! Remembering my desire to go back to the alley with my tripod, I quickly got some clothes on, grabbed my equipment and headed out the door, (I must add without even a drop of caffeine in me!).

The alley was quiet and beautiful, but what struck me was the juxtaposition of the blooming roses against the fog! You never see this in Sacramento. At the coast - yes, but not here! My next thought, was I need to get to the Mckinley Park Rose Garden! (Sorry about all the exclamation marks. There is always a sense of urgency when shooting in the fog. It sometimes lifts as quickly as it arrives.....)

Luckily it wasn't that far away and I was not disappointed when I arrived. 

All the conditions had lined up perfectly. If there is fog, that means there is no wind, a recommended and much desired condition for photographing flowers outside. Also, as an added benefit to it being early on a Saturday morning, I had the whole garden to myself!

What follows are a few (ok, more than a few.....) of my favorite images from that morning. 

©2014 Dianne Poinski

©2014 Dianne Poinski

©2014 Dianne Poinski

©2014 Dianne Poinski

©2014 Dianne Poinski

©2014 Dianne Poinski

As you can imagine, I had a blast! I had flowers AND I had fog! My two favorite things to photograph! Doesn't get much better than that........except it did!

A winning SF Giants game with my husband AND my son later the same day!

Roses, fog, baseball and spending time with one of my kids! I went to sleep that night feeling so very grateful, lucky and excited about uploading files to my computer the next day (which I did as soon as I woke up!).


  1. Each is more beautiful than the next one, miss the bay area so much just not the cost of living there. I love fog also for shooting and I don't get to do that here in the desert. The remark of so many apps used can't remember which ones I used I have been there done that. A great day.

    1. Thank you Barbara! Bet there were a few people that could relate to the "which apps did I use??" comment. Thanks again for stopping by!