Snow covered trees are always eye catching, but CSI Walker Berg of the Portland Police Bureau was in for an exceptional view when he glanced out his window. Thousands of black starlings had congregated on the tree tops, creating a surreal scene that looks a bit like sesame rice. Fortunately for us, Berg grabbed his Nikon D700 and snapped this incredible image before the murmuration of starlings flew off.
While heavy fog can be a major nuisance, making it nearly impossible to drive, for a photographer it can be a godsend, like nature’s perfect gift. Terence Chang, who you may remember from those long exposure shots of planes taking off, has worked his magic again. This time he shows us parts of San Francisco and Sausalito beautifully blanketed in fog.
When I asked Chang why he enjoys taking photos of fog, here is what he told me. “Photographing fog transforms it in unpredictable ways. It shows the fog flowing in waves and currents, partially burying hills and towers with new ‘ground.’ After shooting and reframing enough times, some shots turn out particularly evocative. Sometimes they just happen to resonate with how I am feeling that day, or they come out otherworldly or dreamy. During processing, I get a chance to make the image ‘speak’ for me by bringing out the qualities that I like.
“Being above fog clouds and able to watch them interact with the San Francisco Bay is a rare and beautiful sight. The scene shifts minute by minute, and is never the same twice.”