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Los Viboras Road

Posted by
Don Smith (California, United States) on 15 April 2009 in Landscape & Rural.

I first saw the potential for this image on a family outing to a Christmas tree farm which is located near the end of this road near my home in San Benito County. My wife Beri noted how this eucalyptus-lined lane would make for an interesting photo. I envisioned the finished image as something a bit more mysterious and told her it need some low lying fog.

A couple months later my wish came true as I awoke to find some soupy looking fog near my home. This lane is about an 8 mile drive from my house and about half way there, the fog began to dissipate. Feeling somewhat discouraged, I nonetheless decided to push on and see what would happen. About a mile from this scene, I was surprised to see a dense pocket of fog still in tact. I quickly sped towards this site and hopped out of the car with my camera already on the tripod with a 70-200mm lens to help compress the trees. I had envisioned a low perspective and immediately set up the tripod about 2 feet off the ground.

Just as I was about to click the shutter, I spotted some headlights in the distance slowly heading my way. My patience was running thin but I had no other option but to wait and hope the fog would hold. Off to my right I could see the sun was beginning to make its presence and it would be just a matter of minutes before this mist would vanish. What seemed like an eternity had passed when finally out of the soup appeared an old Cadillac driven by an even older woman whose head barely appeared over the steering wheel. She pulled up next to me, gave me a quizzical look and then drove on. I immediately dropped back down to my knees, re-composed, then shot three frames before the beautiful mist vanished!

This image has become one of my best-selling stock photos. Recently it was sold by Getty Images to an Italian advertising agency and will be featured in an advertisement to be displayed in all of Italy's airport terminals.

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II 1/4 second F/13.0 ISO 100 200 mm

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