Just add fog

Add a touch of ar­ti­fi­cial mist to cre­ate a dra­matic at­mos­phere in your land­scape images, what­ever the weather

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For at­mo­spheric land­scape photos, noth­ing beats a bit of mist – even if you have to make it your­self. James Pater­son fires up a fog ma­chine...

Mist is a won­der­ful mood-set­ter, but the prob­lem is that for mist to ap­pear nat­u­rally, the con­di­tions have to be just right. Nat­u­ral fog only oc­curs when drops of mois­ture in the air cool sud­denly. The rapid cool­ing trans­forms the in­vis­i­ble gas to vis­i­ble droplets – think of warm breath on a cold day. It hap­pens a lot where warm air above wa­ter meets cold land, or when a cold night air falls over warm ground.

Th­ese kinds of con­di­tions hap­pen fairly of­ten, but if you want guar­an­teed at­mos­phere, why not take mat­ters into your own hands? You might think of a fog ma­chine as a film maker’s tool, used in spooky hor­ror films to heighten the at­mos­phere. But th­ese are great for stills too, and not as trou­ble­some or nearly as ex­pen­sive to set up as you might think. A cheap fog ma­chine like ours can be bought for around £30, and can trans­form an out­door scene in sec­onds.

Ba­sic fog ma­chines are main­spow­ered, so you can try this in your gar­den. But if you con­nect a power in­verter to a car bat­tery, you can ven­ture fur­ther into the wild to cre­ate fog any­where within an ex­ten­sion cable’s length of a car. Here’s how…

Fog ma­chines are great for stills, and not nearly as ex­pen­sive as you might think

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