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on Apr 2, 2019 in Aviation

It’s All in the Dew Point

“Hit or Miss”
captured by Z6 / Z24-70

Telling visual stories, weather (wx) is a huge factor that when understood can make the telling simpler and cleaner. If you hadn’t noticed, I use it a lot. I was very, very fortunate to have a father who was trained by the USAF about wx that he passed along to me. But a common question I get is, “How do you get that fog, you have a fog machine?” The ground fog you see in my photographs all comes from Mother Nature and whenever it’s possible, I’ll be out at the crack of dawn to incorporate it in my story. “Hit or Miss” resides outside Tampa, FL but her true home and heart are in England, Spanhoe to be exact. How can I bring her home when it’s 4000 miles away? Wx or fog is one quick and easy way! How do you know if it’s possible though?

“Hit or Miss”
captured by Z6 / Z24-70

Ground fog occurs usually (no guarantee as it can be regional) when the dew point and air temp are the same. In Florida, when there has been a good rain and these to numbers match up, there is a good chance you’ll get that magic. I had seen the numbers the day before so asked that “Hit or Miss” get tugged out into the grass the night before. That increased the odds of ground fog enveloping it the next morning. Sure enough, when we arrived before sun up the next day, the fog was there but as the sun slowly rose, it disappeared. I wasn’t going to stop the shooting so I got the Z6 / Z24-70, set the WB to 9k and walked over. No sooner than I got in place then the ground fog formed again. Like a mad man I ran about shooting cause I knew it wouldn’t last long. The two shots you see here were taken minutes apart from opposite sides of the plane. Within ten minutes, the fog was gone but that was OK, it was there long enough to make the images I wanted. Though I was 4k miles away I put “Hit or Miss” back at her home in the UK and it was all in the dew point.

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