We arrived at Ba Da early in the morning, just before sunrise. The fog was
thick and visibility was pretty low. However, after many shooting experiences in
Yuan Yang, I realized that despite the dense fog, the lighting could be
very dramatic at a later stage.
It was cold. We waited for hours for the light and
our patience finally paid off. The sun had eventually, after much effort,
broke the dense fog, hitting the fields and the mountains, created such
amazing lighting. Suddenly everything seemed to come alive. The fog which
was initially monotonous had now much to offer, as though it had been injected with new life. It was moving consistently, looming the fields, like waves
engulfing the banks. For us the photographers, we realized this was the most exciting time
to compose the images.
I have been contemplating the small tree standing on the terraced paddy
field, though it is rather far from me, I knew I would have an interesting
composition when the fog finally found it. My scrutiny proved me right.
The mountains at far were in the shadow, providing such excellent contrast, the
fog surrounding the tree was beautifully decorated with golden color, but more importantly, the tree,
despite being almost overwhelmed in the fog, was still standing proudly.
I wouldn't want to miss a moment, nor could I afford to. I metered and
recomposed and fired the shutter over and over again until the tree was
When I processed the raw files, I noticed that the background has that
mesmerizing turquoise blue, perhaps it was due to the fact that it was in
shade. Thanks to the magnificent Sigma camera, it was able to capture the