Sunbeams through the fog

Cania Gorge



On the trip home today we decided to make a small side trip to Cania Gorge before breakfast. It was far far too cold to get out for a walk (and the tripod almost gave me frostbite - never leave your aluminium tripod in the Ute tray over night), so we drove through the gorge a bit further until the sun could be seen.

The whole area was engulfed in thick fog and I couldn't resist jumping out of the truck to take a few shots of rays of light through the trees.

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View all photos taken: Friday, 11th July 2008, This photo: 7:35am

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  • suburbanvoodoo said:
    Lovely Dave - love the trees :-)
  • Panorama Paul said:
    Lovely soft diffused light!!! Last weekend I left my camera in my car overnight... and when I wanted to use it to capture the sunrise, it was so cold and frosty that my lens misted up as soon as I'd cleaned it. I spent five minutes wiping it before I managed to press off a couple of clear shots!! You don't perhaps have a solution to this problem do you Dave? (other than... don't leave the camera in a cold car overnight :))
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Voodoo :) But damn it was cold! Frost on the grass and everything.
    As a matter of fact, I do. What you want is a lens warmer. For the type of problem you're having, you'll want one that goes over the entire lens barrel. It's basically just a series of resistors running of a battery wrapped around the lens. Let it run for a few minutes to warm it up to above air temp. and you're set :)
  • suburbanvoodoo said:
    PP - you could leave the car running overnight?
    Or you could move to Darwin
    Or you could wrap it up in a blankie with a hot water bottle
    Or you could say that the effect caused by the mist was fully intended and planned (works for most ha ha ha)
    Or you could take the camera inside :-))
  • Panorama Paul said:
    Thanks for that David... I'll phone my local camera-shop to see if they have one for me... do they come in different sizes for different lenses... or is it a case of one-size-fits-all?
  • Panorama Paul said:
    Wow... thanks Voodoo... that's why I love Flickr... ask an intelligent question... and you immediately get a million-and-one answers (heh heh... some more intelligent than others :))!!
  • suburbanvoodoo said:
    Ha ha ha - hey Paul - I will assume that my comments were the "NON" intelligent variety.......The voices in my head made me do it :-)
  • Panorama Paul said:
    Heh heh... no Voodoo... your's all made complete sense... I prefer the blankie/hot-water-bottle option... although I see that the danger there would be that I also climb in and snuggle up (and go to sleep)!
    Sorry David... for messing up your stream with my ramblings again... :)
  • petepothole said:
    I'm glad you did David it turned out great
  • -Gadabout- said:
    pretty :D
  • David de Groot said:
    All good suggestions really ;-)
    Ah, no you need to make one (or get someone to make it for you). I have a simpler version that just warms the front element/air in front of the lens, for taking long exposures at night.
    I have a link to some instructions around here somewhere...which of course I can't find right now, but there are some alternative suggestions here.
    Thanks Pete - one of the first fog shots I've managed to pull off like I wanted it.
    Thanks Karen. Cania Gorge looks like a very nice place to spend a few days. I'll have to work out how to make that happen at some stage.
  • HPVD Photos said:
    Very nice capture, makes it worth while putting up with the temperatures.
  • D'Arne, Ming & Jack said:
    Beautiful !
  • ronnietan15 said:
    lovely shot!
  • picsbymac said:
    This is lovely David...So do you have a fog shot you're happy with now?
  • -Gadabout- said:
    Karen? He he that's not my name!!! It does look like a very beautiful place and this picture captures it perfectly :D It was definitely worth taking an adventure into frost world :)
  • Mr Magoo ICU said:
    Beautiful shot David.
  • David de Groot said:
    Indeed :)
    Thanks Ming.
    and you too Ronnie
    I reckon so Mel :)
    Doh! Well I had just got back from two days of solid driving (about 1100kms).
    Thanks Magoo. Cania Gorge is definitely on the list of places to visit again.
  • [ Kane ] said:
    Top shot David. Have you played with the tones?
  • -Gadabout- said:
    lol, I suppose I'll let you off the hook then !!!
  • David de Groot said:
    Nope, it really was that colour. Thick fog and very early morning light. Amazing to see in person.
  • ßlϋeωãvε said:
    Ooh, that's rather nice. Soft and natural.
    @ Pano Paul: Some have said a battery-powered hand fan aimed at the front of the lens is enough to blow away moisture. Never tried it myself. I have tried hand warmers wrapped around the lens and they didn't seem to have much effect with my camera and just got in the way.
    @ David: I'd be interested in those instructions if you ever find them again. Thanks.
  • David de Groot said:
    Danke :)
    Yeah a small fan might do it.
    I found an incredibly complex solution -
    But there are much easier ones (like the one I use). I wish I'd book-marked that...
    Aha, here's a photo of the one Pete made me:
  • ßlϋeωãvε said:
    That's a cute little front element heater. But how to make it?!
  • David de Groot said:
    Seems to be 4 resistors in series, wrapped in some heatshrink. Still trying to track down the actual instructions though...
  • David de Groot said:
    Ah, found the link Pete sent me -,292,0,0,1,0
    It's not exactly the same, but has all the formulas and from there should be easy to work out. :)
  • KorayYuce said:
    great feeling like a sepia shot. rays are excellent
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks - 'twas very peaceful (if also very cold).
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  • benefit of hindsight said:
    like an illustration for a book of fairy tales, David :o)
  • David de Groot said:
    Just needs a gnome poking around from behind a tree ;-)