On Saturday West London woke up covered in the fog so I ventured to the nearby Walpole Park in Ealing to take a couple of pictures with my Fujifilm X-T3.
I grew up in Milan, a place known for its foggy mornings in the winter months. Unfortunately, with time the phenomenon has become less frequent. London was also known for its fog. Once again, I have not seen much of it. Blame it on climate change. Blame it on the rain. Blame it on whatever… The thing is this 2020 is a year like no other and guess what? The fog is back.
Over the past ten days, London has woken up covered in mist and fog. Unfortunately, the combination of “working from home” and unsociable working hours meant I never really had the chance of taking a snapshot of it. However, this morning I ran out of bread so I ventured out to my local bakery and on the way back I positioned my camera and tripod in the middle of the road (it is a pedestrian/residential area) and clicked the shutter. In fairness, it hardly required any post editing as colours were pretty much black and white…
My closest friends know that every year – typically at the end of October – I select 12 photographs I shot during the previous twelve months and stick them in a table calendar as a little Christmas gift. As part of the selection process, at the beginning of October I start reviewing the pictures I published on social media with the intention of narrowing down the best (or most meaningful) 15-20 shots before making the final call on which ones make the final cut. As you may have noticed, I have taken a few photographs since upgrading to the Fujifilm x-series cameras and therefore I have a lot of unprocessed pictures on my memory card that have not even been exported to my laptop.
The picture below is one of those. I shot it in Porto on Christmas Eve 2019. It was a foggy morning and I decided to go for a walk whilst waiting for my sister to get ready for breakfast. I actually took two pictures that morning as I was approaching the iconic Dom Luis I Bridge. On paper it had all the right ingredients to be an epic picture: the fog was rising and breaking through the bridge; a tram and a woman were also approaching, as well as a seagull was flying over the bridge. And guess what? I published that picture both here and on social media thinking that was a bloody good picture.
A couple of minutes later I decided to start crossing the bridge and take another photograph. I stopped. I pressed the shutter and then moved on. End of story.
As a matter of fact I actually forgot taking that picture at all until earlier this evening when I was browsing my memory card looking for any decent shot I may have taken and left behind. The original photograph was taken in colour with my old Fujifilm X-T20 (I have only recently upgraded to the X-T3) and subsequently edited in Lightroom using one of my own custom-made black and white presets.
Needless to say this one will feature my 2021 table calendar…