(mushrooms and far trees are background, buildings on right and some vegetation on both sides of middle building is midground layer)
I adjusted the values on the colorramp and the factor to show the issue i'm still having, it seems like the bottom two layers' fog cannot be adjusted individually the way I have the node set. Ideally, I would like to have a little separation between these two layers, however I can't figure out the right node setup to give each layer its own mist layer adjustment.
Made a little progress, I think I'm like two thirds there. I attached my most recent render (top image), the current node setup (middle image), and the version with the mist I am trying to mimic (3rd image). I seemed to have figured out how to apply the mist (minimally)to my background and my midground, but the foreground doesn't seem to be affected by the colorramp slider with this node setup. Still a WIP, among other things, the mist is a little heavy in the version I'm trying to match, but once I have the nodes set up I should be able to tweak that. The mist in the foreground is probably irrelevant for this image, but would be nice to know how to apply it for future renders.
I recently ran into hardware bottlenecks on a render, and found I am able to complete the same scene using multiple render layers and combining them during compositing. However, the mist pass that I had on the previous single layer render now needs to be spread over the 3 render layers. I believe I would have to setup a mist to colorramp/mix node for each layer and combine those similarly to "stacking" the 3 render layers I have already. I am trying to avoid volumetrics to cut down on CPU strain. What would be the best way to combine the mist node tree to my 3 render layers node tree to achieve the same depth that a single render layer with a mist pass does? Is there an easier way to add mist to the image that contains the 3 render layers?