Two things I have always had a bit of trouble photographing: misty weather and woodland. I love the dappled sunlight that you see in the woods and the patterns of the trees and plant life, but I have always struggled to get my exposure right and to capture what I’m seeing. As for mist and fog, it’s such a tricky weather condition for photography; all that whiteness and all the moisture in the air reflecting the light makes for hard work.
However, both of these things are so beautiful that I decided, one misty morning recently, to go out and work on trying to capture something decent. There is a wooded hollow not far from our house where the mist sits on winter mornings and the low sunlight is filtered through the trees. This seemed to me to be a good place to start. After quite a lot of time spent fiddling with ISO, aperture and shutter speed (and freezing my hands) I got some pretty nice results. However, when I started to edit them a little in Lightroom, I discovered a way of making the mist mistier and lifting the decent to something a bit more magical. I am not usually a fan of editing, but I do like what reducing the clarity did to these photos.