Nathan Wallace

The Fog at Upper Joffre Lake

Nathan Wallace
The Fog at Upper Joffre Lake

I have always loved photographing fog, whether color, black and white, digital, or film. Fog brings with it a certain mood, a sense of the ethereal and unknown. Fog hides part of the scene and allows the viewer to imply what may lay beyond. 

After a rainy night at Upper Joffre Lake, we were lucky enough to be greeted with some of the loveliest fog I have ever seen. Undulating and twisting across the lake, it made every exposure new and different. I love how the turquoise blue of the lake perfectly gradates into the pale white mist.

I took my camera, tripod, and trusty Lee filter system and set up at different points around the lake. I found groupings of granite peaking just above the waterline and set for 30 second exposures with very small apertures to give me the smoothest scene possible with the largest depth of field. 

As a wilderness photographer, I rarely get to work with such stark minimalism and I hope to incorporate more of this style into my portfolio.