Come Forth Old Giant

Sea haar shrouds the Forth Rail Bridge

The Forth Rail Bridge emerges from the receding haar

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The haar (sea fog) creates tremendous opportunities for photography.  However, it can be a pretty frustrating process to get the picture you desire as it can be unpredictable and change exceedingly quickly.

To take this picture, I sat for 5 hours in a cold murky soup on the banks of the Firth of Forth waiting for something to happen.  When conditions did finally break the haar went from pea and ham to consommé in the space of 10 minutes.  The 5 hours wasn’t wasted as the low visibility within the fog created its own set of photo opportunities.  However, patience was definitely the name of the game, waiting to make the most of the short window to capture the receding haar as it exposed the formwork of the Forth Rail Bridge.

In the case of this image, the haar provides a perfect natural screen of the Forth Road Bridge in the background, that whilst intriguing in its own right, wouldn’t have contributed to the composition of this photograph.

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