Long-Exposure Photographs Captures Stunning Beauty of Fog-Covered California


Lorenzo Montezemolo is a California-based photographer who loves to capture long-exposure photographs, particularly when there’s plenty of fog to make things look that bit more magical!

A recent excursion took him to the summit Mt Tamalpais in California in the dead of night. Once there, he patiently waited for the signs of fog, and once there it was time to put his camera to work.

The long-exposure technique involves capturing countless photographs over a period to create a visually striking photograph, and on this occasion Lorenzo captured the moonlit fog and for three whole minutes.

Once complete, the long-exposure photograph makes the fog appear almost ocean-like, with rolling waves of fog blanketing the California landscape while being dimly lit by the moon above.

“I chose to use a long exposure in order to give the incoming fog a smooth, striated appearance as it slithered over the ridge below,” he explains.

A self-proclaimed ‘fogaholic’, Lorenzo loves to head out and capture similar photographs using this technique, leading to some truly stunning images that are certainly surreal to look at on first viewing.

In an Instagram post Lorenzo explains why he heads to Mt. Tamalpais for his incredible shots:

“Summer is fog season here in the San Francisco area. Odd as it seems, it’s colder, damper and more overcast during the summer months than it is the rest of the year. But there are a few spots that are elevated enough to get you above the fog, where it’s sunnier, warmer and not-overcast.”

Here are more of Lorenzo Montezemolo’s dynamic fog photos:

Smoove

Undula

Weave

Inversion

Fogahol

Striated

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