So the fog distance in Minecraft 1.8 seems to be significantly closer than previous versions. I have the view distance set to maximum. Is there any way to extend the fog distance back to the old values?
As of 1.8, the fog distance dynamically changes based on elevation. When you're deep underground, the fog distance decreases, so even if it's set to "Far", you're still likely to see fog when exploring caves or walking through a long tunnel underground.