2012-12-15 – Sai Kung Under A Blanket of Clouds
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Sai Kung Under A Blanket of Clouds
Coastal fog and low clouds often called “dai mo” by locals are one on my favorite time-lapse topics. The conditions due to high humidity can be challenging but when you’re 600 meters well worth the hike. Kowloon Peak is one of the most challenging locations to get to but also one of the most rewarding.
Shots like this ones are once in a lifetime experience and many people never really understand what they are actually witnessing. Time-lapse opened my mind to the natural phenomenon that happens out of the blue in the spring but on a rare occasion it will occur in the fall if rapid temperature drops happen.
Coastal fog is usually a result of advection fog which forms when relatively warm, moist air passes over a cool surface, As the cool water condenses into the warmer atmosphere, fog forms over the ocean and the winds transport it over Hong Kong.
The mountains around Hong Kong trap the fog. The marine layer is different. That is formed when a layer of cool coastal air is trapped beneath a layer of warm, drier air. The warm, dry air causes evaporation of the ocean surface. The moist air is then trapped within the layer of cool coastal air. Hong Kong with over 230 Islands and all with peaks of different heights as well as volatile air temperatures can do some amazing visual effects.
Time-Lapse: Included on “This is Hong Kong” and available as time-lapse stock footage.
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