The very air through which we shoot has a profound impact on the look and mood of an image. Position the camera in the same spot at the same time of day with identical focal-length settings, and you can get two entirely different photographs.
By The Editors
Published June 5, 2012
Updated October 14, 2016
Misty atmospherics are much less common than landscape shots taken on a clear day because most photographers refrain from venturing too far out into the fog.
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