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A Long Exposure of Fog Rolling Over California Under a Full Moon



Three weeks ago, photographer Lorenzo Montezemolo hiked up Mount Tamalpais in Marin County, California, in the middle of the night. After waiting around for the weather, he captured this amazing 3-minute long-exposure photo of fog flowing like a river over the valley under a full moon.

“This week’s full moon illuminated the incoming fog perfectly,” Montezemolo wrote on Instagram. “This wasn’t the easiest spot to get to, but the effort was 100% worth it.”

The photographer says Mt. Tamalpais is one of his favorite places to get above the fog that rolls through the San Francisco area every summer, when the region is sunnier, warmer, and not overcast. He only missed going up the mountain for 1 or 2 days in August.

“I chose to use a long exposure in order to give the incoming fog a smooth, striated appearance as it slithered over the ridge below,” Montezemolo tells Colossal. “For the past year I’ve been crossing the Golden Gate Bridge several times a week to photograph the beautiful landscapes, seascapes and fog of Marin County, just north of San Francisco.”

You can find more of Montezemolo’s work on his website, Flickr, and Instagram.

Image credits: Photograph by Lorenzo Montezemolo and used with permission