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Photo of the Week: September 28, 2012

Gary Parker

Editor's note: Welcome to  Yahoo! Travel Photo of the Week, chosen from the Flickr group created by our readers – you! Each week a professional photographer will select a photo that stands out from the crowd, and explain why they chose it. To have your own photo considered, join our Flickr group and start submitting your own photos!

Y! Travel Flickr user Maria_Sweden’s unusual photograph of a cloud of fog over New York's Empire State Building, illuminated by red lights, dramatically illustrates how fog picks up the color of any lights illuminating it, creating an almost ghostly effect.Nighttime fog can create a particularly dramatic effect, because of it's unique quality of  diffusing ambient  light, as well any lighting the photographer might introduce. In daytime, fog is an especially nice “lighting tool” because it creates ultra-soft light during what might otherwise be the contrasty light of a bright sunny day. Bright sunshine can be more a detriment to great photography than an asset, so soft light is generally welcomed, depending on the scenario.

Take a walk in the foggy mist, let your imagination roam and learn to enjoy the magic of wandering around lost in a fog! 

Tip of the Week

Quite often we look outside and think, “It’s really foggy this morning.”  Next time you encounter fog, get out in it with your camera, intentionally looking for scenarios created or enhanced by this blanket of soft, thick light.  Look for bright spots in the fog – after all, on a foggy day the sun is up there somewhere, so look at the quality of the light, even within fog.  If you’re socked in as if you’re in a cloud, wander and see what you do and don’t see!

Gary Parker is an advertising, corporate and editorial photographer based in the heart of Silicon Valley in San Jose, CA.  Gary was a staff travel photographer for Southern Living Magazine, as well as a frequent travel photographer for Sunset Magazine.  Gary was twice named a National Newspaper Photographer of the Year, Southern Photographer of the Year and has won international advertising and editorial awards.   Gary’s work may be seen on either of his websites: and