Snow geese take flight in a thick fog

January 14, 2015, 2:27 p.m.

Rather than let a foggy day at Merced National Wildlife Refuge get him down, photographer Sam McMillan used the weather to his advantage to create this gorgeous painterly image of snow geese taking flight.

In photography, fog always has the potential for ruining an outing by blotting out what it is you'd like to photograph. A landscape is obscured by grey, and wildlife can disappear into it faster than you can click. The moisture in the air between you and your subject can create noise and distortion. But, that doesn't mean all is lost. Fog also presents new, artistic ways of showing your subject. It provides you with the chance to create moody, surreal images that wouldn't be possible if the sun were shining.

So next time you are discouraged by fog rolling in to your favorite place to shoot, reframe the scene and think about how you might use the fog to create photos that have never been seen before!

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