It was mid-May, the sun was out and the springtime air temperature was in the upper 50’s/lower 60’s as I remember. On this afternoon, I drove to Harrington Beach State Park to capture close-ups of items along the Lake Michigan beach.
When I arrived at the lower parking lot, (which is about 70 yards from the beach, separated by the woods), it was sunny afternoon, though I could feel the cooler eastern breezes off big lake.
To Rolling Fog
Most amazingly to me, as I arrived on the beach (around 3pm), a very heavy low fog was rolling in off Lake Michigan, yielding a mysterious appearance to the shoreline.
The sunny day that I had experienced only a few minutes previous was replaced — at least on the beach due to the temperature difference with the lake – with this rolling fog.
I quickly changed my objective from macro photography to the beach landscape. With Lake Michigan at my back, I took advantage of this weather condition.
With the rolling fog along the beach, it felt sort of spooky. The scene changed each time the wind drifted over the beach. Different aspects of the landscape emerged and disappeared constantly.
Of the many images I took that afternoon, this is my favorite.
As I walked back to the parking lot beyond the woods, the sky was again sunny, blue and warm.
File ID: PHP_IMG_11143
1Ds Mark III, Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS USM
focal length 85mm
ISO 100, 1/100 second, f/20
spot metering, manual, Gitzo tripod, 2 second mirror lock-up delay
Harrington Beach State Park, Belgium, Wisconsin