It was a decision based on hope. I’d heard that the weekend will bring east winds to sweep away the Portland fog. I’m still trying to get the photo I want of Portland in morning fog with Mt. Hood lit by sunrise so I took the idea that fog would form prior to the weekend as a good sign. We went to a Neil Diamond concert in downtown Portland last night and there was no sign of fog or low cloud on our way home. I knew that I’d make a decision in the morning.
My choices were to (a) brew a pot of coffee and watch the sun come up from my house, or (b) head for the Pittock Mansion overlook and take another chance at the photo. I rolled out of the house shortly after 06:00 and soon found myself in front of the familiar view above the city.
As the light started to come up I noticed some low clouds… just little wispy things… drifting over the city. Mt. Hood was barely distinguishable. Then I saw a few more clouds in the sky near Hood. OK, I thought, maybe just a nice sunrise shot over the city. Who needs fog anyway? I shot a series of images to form the pano below. The city was beginning to show some signs of fog formation and view into the buildings was diffusing as I watched.
Fifteen minutes later I was looking at the moisture condensing on my lens hood as I stood in the clouds. The view had changed. Be careful what you ask for!