Michael Shainblum, a photographer who is curious about digital or film for fog shots, has created a video that shows the process behind using both with a telephoto lens.

Shainblum is a passionate landscape photographer. He also loves to film. In the past, he has shared the many ways a telephoto lens can be used for landscape photography, such as shooting minimal scenes of sand dunes, or looking for unique shots in areas that have been photographed before, like Yosemite National Park.

Fog rolling through a valley at sunrise or sunset

When Shainblum was heading up the mountains to capture the fog-filled views, he took along his Sony Alpha 1 with a Sigma 100 -400mm zoom lens and a 35mm Nikon FE body with a roll Portra 400 film. He also had a telephoto lens.

A foggy landscape by photographer Michael Shainblum
A foggy landscape by photographer Michael Shainblum

Photographing fog is both beautiful and challenging. The scene in front of your camera changes constantly, opening up new composition possibilities. Every frame will change as the fog moves through the trees, and the light changes.

A long exposure photo of fog

A telephoto lens can also be used to capture landscapes from a good vantage point. It allows you to zoom in on particular details or patterns that a wider lens cannot reach.

A foggy landscape photo
Taken with Nikon FE
A foggy landscape photo

Photographers have two options when photographing foggy conditions. They can choose to shoot shorter exposures to capture fog’s texture or a longer exposure that blurs and softens the movement. Shainblum tried both, and added his film camera to the mix in order to capture the exact same scene using both cameras.

A foggy landscape by photographer Michael Shainblum
Taken with Nikon FE
A foggy landscape by photographer Michael Shainblum

Both digital and film produce different results, but the photographer can choose which medium they prefer. Shainblum believes that photographing fog with a digital or film camera can be a therapeutic experience.

Although Shainblum is known for always having his camera on him, sometimes the simple experience of watching the landscape change can be enough.