Cambridge Morning Mist

I woke up at 6 o’clock in the morning, looked out and saw mist outside my window. Normally I would not pay much attention to it, but this time, for some reason, I thought it might be a good idea to go out and photograph. Perhaps it was a conversation I had a few days ago that triggered it? Anyway, about twenty minutes later I was on my bike heading into town.

Lots of colleges were closed, but Clare College had its gates open so I parked my bike and walked from there into town and around. With the mist you can really get beautiful layers that get progressively fainter.


King’s College was closed, so I snapped a few shots of the exterior as cyclists were going past, but it was not until I turned around and saw the reflection that the shot started to take form. The guy cleaning in the restaurant must have wondered what I was doing. Click on this or the other photos to see them in bigger size.
The gates to St John’s College were open, so I snuck in. For this shot I felt I needed something in the foreground with a lot of black to emphasise the mist and frame the building.


The mist clears quickly as the sun starts to peek through the cloud cover, and the city is waking up with more people on the streets. Here I wanted the bikes in the foreground with a lot of black and detail, and the background less contrasty and lighter.



This is probably my favourite shot from the morning. I originally had it in colour, but changed it to black and white and darkened the sides to really emphasise the light in the centre leading the eye down to the runner.

I am going to keep my eyes on the weather forecast for more morning mist. When the mist was good in the early hours, few people were about so if you do this, bring a friend! Next time I’ll try to convince one or two people to join me. Also need to figure out a way how to get into the colleges, or maybe onto a punt.


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