Taking a break from color-correcting a wedding, I stepped outside at 2 AM to get some fresh air and realized it was an extremely foggy night. I wanted to drive somewhere to take a few foggy photos but didn’t think it was wise to leave the house with such poor visibility. I grabbed my Nikon camera, set up the shot, and asked my wife to be my “victim”. She was quite enthusiastic, but not so thrill about lying on the street.
I wanted to capture foggy photos of a horror scene from your typical slasher horror movies. It is apparent that the theme here is of Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th series. I first metered for the ambient light. Then I added a TorchedLED Bolt 220R Video Light on camera left to illuminate the subjects. I opted to use a video light because the light output was more natural for the foggy photos. It was also easier to shoot in LiveView because what you see is what you get. I was able to put the Nikon D750 on a 2-second delay and triggered it through the mobile app via WiFi. All in all, this final foggy photo took about 10 mins to set up and photographed. The photos were imported into Adobe Lightroom for standard treatments such as noise reduction, white balance, and contrast. The final version was exported into Photoshop to remove distracting elements, change color-balance of one of the street lamps, and sharpened. Grains were added to the foggy photo to create a cinematic look.
I saw that it was a foggy night and seized the opportunity to do something different, spontaneous, and fun. We were glad no one called the cops. On the other hand, I think it would have been quite hilarious explaining things to an officer unlucky enough to answer the call.