Interesting Photo of the Day: Salt Lake City Fog

There is a golden rule in landscape and nature photography. Leave home before sunrise and come back long after sundown. These two extremes ensure that you capture both the Golden Hour and the Blue Hour. This image by Hansi Photo sums up this rule perfectly:

beautiful smog

Salt Lake City Fog (Via Imgur. Click image to see full size.)

To capture this stunning photo, Hansi Photo hiked through waist deep snow to the top of some mountains in Emigration Canyon just in time for sunset.

The picture captures a common phenomenon known as inversion. It’s basically smog—but of the worse kind. A large city like Salt Lake City in Utah has a lot of vehicular and industrial pollution. Surrounded by mountains, this valley almost transforms into a pot with cold air getting trapped by warm air.

The situation gets worse during winter. Pollution fills in and the air becomes suspended, rendering it unbreathable. The image however, captures none of the seriousness of the problem, but everything that is stunningly aesthetic about the scene. Looks, as they say, can be deceiving!

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