Nightly Night Photo – Foggy Twilight on Fontana Lake

The magic light of twilight is not restricted to clear skies. Even when it’s cloudy or foggy, as in this photo, you can still get that sweet light. However, if the cloud cover is very thick, it won’t be as noticeable.

The cool thing about cloudy twilight shooting is that the clouds act like a giant reflector. Those billions of water droplets bounce the light all around, so you get that cool blue-hour look in every direction, not just toward the sun.

Foggy twilight on Fontana Lake in North Carolina

Foggy morning twilight on Fontana Lake in western North Carolina. Nikon 24-70 lens, f/11, ISO 800. 5-shot HDR blend.

It’s short-lived, though. While you can watch the clear-sky twilight go through all its nuances, a cloudy twilight tends to begin and end rather quickly.

I shot this photo early one morning on Fontana Lake in western North Carolina. The night had been clear, but as so often happens, a fog bank moved in on the lake in the early morning hours. Fortunately, the fog was not too thick and it scattered the twilight light beautifully.

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