Returning home from errands one afternoon, I saw that fog was rolling in quickly from the ocean. This usually happens late at night or early in the morning, but here was fog appearing in the afternoon (and on something much larger than Sandburg’s “little cat feet”). I put my groceries away quickly, grabbed my camera, and set off on foot (I am fortunate to live about a block and a half from the water). I had a great walk, lots of fun, and enjoyed hearing the fog horns sounding in mid-afternoon, but I found that what I could plainly see with my eyes (fog moving quickly through every opening between buildings) was not easy to capture.

It was late afternoon when I finally captured this view of the Villa Riviera from my balcony, and the fog showed up better because of the angle of light. The Villa Riviera, built in 1929 and recently renovated, is a Long Beach landmark — originally a hotel, now a condominium building. (Olympus E-510 & Zuiko 70-300mm zoom at 89mm, f/7.1, 1/2500 sec., ISO 100, fog plus late afternoon sun, handheld)

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  • Celeste Mookherjee
    Celeste Mookhe...almost 3 years ago

  • Halloween card (new for 2012):

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • KatMagic Photography
    KatMagic Photo...almost 3 years ago

    Well, it’s only just past 6:30 Toronto time and you never post at this time.. you are usually my last sign-off for the night before lights out… wonderful capture of mood, Celeste… I can just picture you tossing your groceries into the fridge and grabbing your camera and heading out….so you went for your walk but then you got this shot from your balcony? What a shot it is..fog and mist and the like are tricky but.. not for you. A slight spooky feeling to this too…

  • Thanks, Katherine. I had a slow day for work and so prepped some photos. :) As for the shot, after walking all over the area, on the beach, taking lots of photos that I mostly threw away, I got this after returning home, and the angle of the light made all the difference. It is a little spooky. That building has gargoyles at the roof edges — classic Gothic!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • bevmorgan
    bevmorganalmost 3 years ago

    This is wonderful, Celeste. It has mystery and magic!

  • Thanks very much, Bev. It does look mysterious, and the gargoyles are hidden in the dark and fog.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • EbyArts
    EbyArtsalmost 3 years ago

    Absolutly stunning work, Celeste. Looks so good as a greeting card and as a framed picture.
    Love it!!!!!!!

  • Thanks very much, Eby! Maybe next year I should make a Halloween card from it. :)

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • EbyArts
    EbyArtsalmost 3 years ago

    Good ideea!!!!!

  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesalmost 3 years ago

    Love the title!!! A great image!

  • Thanks very much, Angie!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • mom23girls
    mom23girlsalmost 3 years ago

    Lovely image!

  • You have commented on so much of my recent work, and I truly appreciate your visits!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Lynn Starner
    Lynn Starneralmost 3 years ago

    Lovely shot! Very moody and atmospheric …

  • Thanks, Lynn! This is a grand old building anytime, but it becomes something special in the fog.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Elaine  Manley
    Elaine Manleyalmost 3 years ago

    fog is amazing .. and makes amazing shots like this one

  • I love fog! Sometimes I wake up in the wee hours and can hear the fog horns because I am so close to the Port of Long Beach, and I love the sound.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

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