We’ve had a pretty mild winter in Toronto so far, with only a couple of snow storms and often above freezing temperatures. But mid-February, the temperatures suddenly dropped to about -30°C (-20°F) for a couple of days. Because the water of the lake was still fairly warm (the lake wasn’t frozen like the 2 past years), the intense cold transformed the water vapor of the lake into steam fog.
I can see the lake from my balcony, so we decided to head to the waterfront to shoot the steam fog, that I had never seen to such an extent. The extreme cold meant that we had to take precautions and wear many layers.
It was also the first time I used my Sony a7R II in such extremes conditions, and I’m happy to report it that I had absolutely no issues. The camera behaved as usual and did not seem to mind the cold. Given that I am planning trips to cold locations such as Iceland in the coming years, it is good to know!
The wind was creating ripples of steam over the lake, with thicker gusts at times. It was quite mesmerizing to watch!
Ice had already started to form in the harbor as you can see below. I love how some boats are protected from the cold during winters in Toronto! In the distance, you could see clouds forming over the lake, I assumed from the steam fog. It definitely gives an idea of what happens with lake-effect snow during snowstorms!
I had some fun with the airport that sits on one of the islands in the harbor. It must have been an interesting experience to take off and fly over the lake on that day!