The weather conditions were also ideal. According to Ray, the forecast on their second day at the lake indicated low overnight temperatures – and with the pond’s warm water, he knew he had a good chance of shooting through low-hanging fog on the water.
“Thankfully, as soon as we arrived, that is exactly what the conditions were,” he said. “I had previously been photographing an adult and its chick in the shade when I looked out across the lake and saw this bird in the glowing fog.”
Ray quickly paddled across the pond, positioning himself to photograph the loon in the sun and fog. Apparently, this particular loon was a bit shy, and he was unable to get very close to the bird – but in the end, he said, even that worked in his favor.
“It let me leave a lot of space around the bird and include more of the glowing fog,” he said. “Even with the loon being rather small in the frame, it still stood out nicely. I am a big fan of keeping birds smaller in the frame, which allows for more inclusion of their habitat – in this case, it included more of the wonderful fog.”