I’ve waited for an opportunity to photograph at Torrey Pines (State Natural Reserve) when it is foggy for a very long time. And last Friday, that wait finally came to an end! :)
It was very warm last week and by the end of the week, the marine layer was very low, and thus wasn’t pushing further inland than just a couple of miles. 15 miles from the coast it was blue-skied and clear already in the early morning, but closer to the coast, the fog was really dense. Almost too dense! The gnarly Torrey Pines in fog almost reminded me a little bit of the Monterey Cypress trees at Point Lobos.
I’m beginning with the black & white photos (they’re easier) and from the original low-contrast conditions, I went mostly for a rather dark and heavy, high-contrast look when developing the photos. I found it a good way to emphasize the depth of the scenery, as the pines and other vegetation disappears into the fog. My favorite image is probably photo #5 “A Place to Think”, made at the so-called “High-Point Overlook” of the preserve.
PS: all photos were made from the official reserve trails.
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