How Haze Can Make for Great Outdoor Photographs


Managing how your camera captures light often means taking opportunities that nature throws at you. One such opportunity is a hazy day. If you manage to get it when golden hour is happening some great things can happen with your photographs. We think this collection demonstrates nicely what can be done with a bit of haze. Share your own in the comments!
haze with horse by e³°°°, on Flickr
Boring but peaceful by Mizrak, on Flickr
Fifteen Miles Of Haze by peasap, on Flickr

december sunrise by e³°°°, on Flickr
Haze and Niesen by doegox, on Flickr
Dust Storm Sweeps City by Aristocrats-hat, on Flickr
Sepia Surf by Crinity, on Flickr
Purple Haze by skycaptaintwo, on Flickr
Untitled by eflon, on Flickr
Un pò de “il nulla” by BaileyMary, on Flickr
Walchensee by muitosabao, on Flickr
Haze & mountains by doegox, on Flickr
Untitled by eflon, on Flickr
Far from the madding crowd by KittyKaht, on Flickr
Blue haze by (Argia Sbolenfi), on Flickr
Sunrise on a frozen winter morning by net_efekt, on Flickr
Hazy morning by JanetR3, on Flickr
Sunrise on a frozen winter morning by net_efekt, on Flickr
Morning Mood by kayugee, on Flickr
Sa Pa Sunrise by spencer341b, on Flickr

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Through the photos in this blog, I understand how haze can make a photo look different. Without it, the photo would just be another ordinary snapshot but the haze gave it a deeper and more mysterious appeal, which is usually difficult to obtain.

This blog is really helpful. It gave me more ideas on what I should do and when I should start taking photos.

I greatly enjoyed the article and photos enclosed and I’ve often kept photos that others might have tossed, because the “haze” gives another emotional dimension to the piece.

@Rich July 22nd. If the image is on Flickr, as many are, go to the Flickr image , click on it to get the bigger version of it. Click on Actions. Drop down menu offers ‘View Exif data’. Click on that to reveal all the camera settings. Provided of course that the creator of the image left them there to be uploaded ! Sometimes they get lost in post processing.

Here is my hazy picture of a giraffe. It was taken as the fog rolled in on an early morning game drive in South Africa on my honeymoon.

Sometimes we think “it’s foggy, nothing to shoot”, but the reality is there are some great pictures to be had if you try!

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