Michael Salisbury’s Images of Apocalyptic Fog Over Chicago


All images by Michael Salisbury. Used with permission.

Though the Polar Vortex reared its ugly head across Chicago this past winter, it brought with it something incredibly beautiful if not apocalyptic–lots of fog. Fog can always make for great images, and that’s what photographer Michael Salisbury was able to do. According to a Chicago Tribune article, the fog that was over Chicago back in June of this year was a direct result of the Polar Vortex. Lake Michigan was frozen over for much of the vortex and as a result the water temperature was much cooler than normal. When you combine this with warm air above, it creates lots of fog.

Mike couldn’t resist the urge to create beautiful images from it– and so he headed out with his 5D Mk III 16-35 f2.8L II and a Sigma 50mm 1f.4 to capture the scenes around him.

“Photography has been a hobby of mine for many years. In high school I shot on old Konica Minolta bodies and developed in dark rooms.” says Mr. Salisbury. “I got my first DSLR, a Canon Rebel XTI, in my Junior year of high school. Since then I upgraded to a 7D, and now a 5D which I use today. Living in Chicago greatly influences my shooting style, most of my work is a mix of street and architectural shots. Photographing people, however, is something I’d like to experience with.”

In closing, Mike states that a part of him hopes the winter will be just as bad as last year because having the fog throughout the summer was a huge treat!

More of his fog over Chicago images are after the jump. But for even more, check out his Instagram.










Chris Gampat

Chris Gampat is the Editor in Chief, Founder, and Publisher of the Phoblographer. He also likes pizza.