Barn in the Fog

Early On One Foggy Morning

Fog and mist surround the barn in our horse pasture early one morning, before the sun came out and cleared everything up.

Fog and mist surround the barn in our horse pasture early one morning, before the sun came out and cleared everything up.

In case you are wondering, this photo was taken just after I took the recent spider web photo. That web was on one of those red fence posts that you can see here. And if you follow the tracks that my feet made by knocking the dew off of the grass, you can probably tell which post had the web.

It was an interesting morning to be outside. We do have foggy days from time to time, but they are more likely in the fall or spring and not in the summer. Everything was still and quiet. Except for the sound of the buckets of sweat dripping off of me. Because as you know, fog means humidity. And humidity in the summer means sweat. But it was worth it.

Love What You Have

I am sure that people who live where there is fog all of the time probably get tired of it. I probably would, too, if we had more fog. But whenever we have a foggy morning, I try to grab my camera and get some photos when I can.

I sometimes even think, “I wish we had more foggy mornings so that I could take more photos!” Lately when I have caught myself thinking along those lines, I try to stop myself. We could say that all of the time. “I wish I had more ______.” Fill in the blank. Money, time, friends, sleep, Instagram followers, hair, shoes, vacations. Whatever it is that you find yourself wanting more of.

Instead of always wanting more, try to find enjoyment in what you have. When we don’t have more foggy days, I will try to enjoy the sunny days. Or the rainy days when we get those, too. Maybe I will try to arrange my schedule better to get a little more sleep, or at least be happy that I get the sleep that I get. Instead of wanting more money, I should be content with what I have and use it wisely. I don’t need any more shoes. And I can’t do anything about hair.

Instead of always comparing ourselves to others, let’s try to realize the blessings that we do have and enjoy those things to the best of our ability. And if we use what we have to bless others, that will make it even better for everyone.

The next time you find yourself saying, “I wish I had more,” stop and think about what you do have. The real value is how you look at things. And changing your outlook can change your life.

Bible Verse

But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. - 1 Timothy 6:6-8

About the Photo

As with the spider web photo, this one was taken with the prime lens. So I had to move back farther than usual to get the whole barn in the photo. After all, the definition of a prime lens is that it just has one focal length. So the only way you can zoom in or out is by moving your feet. And the rest of your body as well, of course.

In processing this photo, I reduced the color saturation a good bit overall. And then I reduced the green saturation even more. I love all the green grass and trees in the summer. However, all of that bright green was really hurting the mood that I was going for here. Decreased color saturation added quite a bit to the foggy look, I think.

Photo: A single Raw exposure, processed in Luminar. Read more about photography tips, photo software, camera gear, and more at Steve’s Photography Tips.
Camera: Sony Alpha A7 II
Lens: Sony FE 50mm f/1.8
Date: August 5, 2019
Location: Home, Williston, Tennessee

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