Foggy mornings make many people want to stay inside under a blanket. But if you’re a photographer, they are more likely to make you grab your gear and go outside. Fog gives your photos a whole new dimension and you may want to use every occasion to shoot in these conditions. So, can you predict when the weather will be foggy? The short answer is yes, and Adrian of aows will tell you how in this video.
First of all, it’s worth noting that this is not an exact science. Every part of the world is different, even every part of the same country. For example, in the flat where I live we usually get foggy evenings and early mornings only around this time of the year. In the mountain areas, it happens throughout the year. Still, there are some common denominators that will help you predict fog no matter where you live, and this is what Adrian shares in his video.
The first factor that influences fog is humidity. If the air is humid with a significant difference in temperature between night and day, you’ll most likely have some fog. The second factor is the wind – the less wind, the better; and it’s ideal if there’s no wind at all. And third, look for the rain – if it’s raining, there won’t be thick fog. If you live in a valley like Adrian, that also increases the chances of fog.
There are two more factors you can include in your prediction: humidity and dew point. The higher they are, the better. Adrian uses an iOS app Clear Outside to do this, but you can try with any other weather app that offers the same information.
So, if you want to increase your chances of taking some foggy landscapes, count these factors in. As I mentioned, we have foggy evenings and mornings here, which looks beautiful even in the city. We need a gas mask to go outside though… But that’s another story.
Do you try to predict fog before shooting landscapes, or do you rely on luck?
[How I predict fog | aows]