Season of Mists

4 April 2012


Autumn is one of my favourite times of year, in New Zealand. I love the change from summer to winter, the warm days and crisp nights, the last colourful flush from the largest plants of that kingdom as the leaves change to reds, yellows and orange but recently I have been impressed by the mists and reflections of this Southland season.

As I camped overnight this weekend in Central Otago I came to notice that the mist was formed just prior to sunrise. Presumably this is because it is the coolest time of the night and so the cold air reaches it’s dew point as it comes near to the warm water.

This is all very well but from the photographic perspective mist is a fascinating and wonderful phenenom. Specifically it isolates subjects from their environments, diffuses sunlight and is associated with reflections. It gives rise to the possibility for strong but simple and atmospheric compositions.


This weekend I encountered 2 types of mists. One in Invercargill that was a fog that hung around all morning and where there was no sunlight, so the light was flat. This allows for expression of detail in images. On Sunday in Kinloch, (one hour by car north of Queenstown on the edge of Fiordland and Mt Aspiring National Park’s) the mists were localized, temporary and backlit by sunshine, in short ethereal.


Below are 2 images one from each day.


The first is about rhythm and separation (of the posts from the backgound)

The second is more traditional pictorialism.