Saturday
Feb252017

WIRR 2017, February Week 2

Some days you just get lucky.  On this particular night, I was walking through Old Town Fort Collins on the way to dinner.  Out of the corner of my eye, I spotted this ceiling light in the doorway to the 1st Bank building.  I excused myself for a minute, stepped inside to make the shot, and resumed the walk to dinner.  My favorite image of the week:

  

Ceiling Lamp

Apple iPhone 7, ProCam app, EV -2

Digital Darkroom.  The most important part of this photo was the decision to lower the exposure by two stops.  This prevented the lights from being blown out.  In post-production, I lowered the exposure still more, with a particular emphasis on the shadows.  I also increased clarity and contrast, and adjusted the white balance to give it a warmer tone.  My goal was to make the light look like a flower.  The square crop worked well with the subject, and helped removed some background clutter as well.

 

WIRR stands for Weekly Image Rich Ruh.  This regular feature on Das Has von Ruh will show and describe my favorite photo created during this weekly period. My weeks start on Mondays, as does the WIRR. I’m hoping to include commentary on the story, the setting, the specs, or the sentiments, depending on the circumstances.

Friday
Feb172017

WIRR 2017, February Week 1

As regular readers know. I spend one week a month at our company’s headquarters in Redlands, California. Earlier this year, I decided to take the bicycle trail that intersects campus and see where it led. Not far, as it turned out, but I completed a circumlocation of the campus anyway. In fact, Mountains and Palm was taken on one of these early walks. Towards one end of the campus, there is a beautiful stand of white-barked eucalyptus trees. While I’m sure my California collegeues rarely give these trees a second glance, I’m fascinated by the patterns on the bark. The shapes (obviously not the colors!) remind me of Clyfford Still paintings. Don’t be surprised to see more eucalpytus photos in the months ahead. My favorite image of the week:

Eucalyptus

Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 18–55mm f/2.8–4 R LM OIS at 55mm, f/4 at 1/60, ISO 400.

Digital Darkroom. From viewfinder to print, this image was minimalist all the way. I lowered contrast a bunch and converted the image to black and white. I did both of those using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom on the iPad. Back on the Mac, I added a tiny bit of sharpening. While I did some experimenting beyond that, I always preferred the untouched image.

WIRR stands for Weekly Image Rich Ruh. This regular feature on Das Has von Ruh will show and describe my favorite photo created during this weekly period. My weeks start on Mondays, as does the WIRR. I’m hoping to include commentary on the story, the setting, the specs, or the sentiments, depending on the circumstances.

Friday
Feb102017

WIRR 2017, January Week 5

 I was staring down at my journal, writing my plans for the week.  I had just turned the page to a blank one, and had stopped for a few moments to gather my thoughts.  Abruptly I realized that I had forgotten to take a photo in the airport.  I hadn’t had a chance earlier in the day either, busy as I was with errands and playing with Nate.  I had tried briefly to take a sunset shot, but the foreground was an unattractive parking lot, and I had put the camera away.  It was 9:30pm, and I hadn’t clicked the shutter once.  Was this to be the day when I broke my photo-taking streak?  I sighed, and turned back to writing.  My notebook was centered in the circular beam from the airplane reading light above me. It was blank, ready for ideas, thoughts, and schemes.  It was a metaphor for the week, and in fact, for the next day.  And that’s when I conceived my favorite image of the week:

The Blank Page

Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS at 24mm, f/5 at 1/60, ISO 800.

 

Digital Darkroom.  Most of the work for this image was setting up the hotel room.  I had all the lights off except for the single desk lamp, and it took me a few tries to line up the notebook with the beam from the light.  I intentionally underexposed to throw most of the background into shadow.  In post-production, I further reduced exposure, shadows, and blacks.  I also boosted up the whites to increase the contrast and focus on the notebook.  And, of course, converted the image to black and white.

 

Notebook: Lunacy by Field Notes

 

WIRR stands for Weekly Image Rich Ruh.  This regular feature on Das Has von Ruh will show and describe my favorite photo created during this weekly period. My weeks start on Mondays, as does the WIRR. I’m hoping to include commentary on the story, the setting, the specs, or the sentiments, depending on the circumstances.

Monday
Feb062017

Hiking Mount Chapin (August 2016)

Last summer my cousin Laura and I spent a day hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park.  We hiked up Mount Chapin on a beautiful summer day.

 

 

 

Thursday
Feb022017

WIRR 2017, January Week 4

Last week I was in Redlands, California on my regular business trip.  Work has been busy, making it hard to go out in the middle of the day for a photo walk.  I asked my friend Matt for some directions to Panorama Point, an overlook above the city.  I missed the sunrise, and I wasn’t going to go, but nice light in the clouds prompted me to drive there for some quick shots before work.  It was much better than expected.  I loved the way the early morning light was reflecting off the cars on I-10 (or just “the 10” as they call it in Cali).  My favorite image of the week:

 Morning Commute on the 10

Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS at 55mm, f/4.5 at 1/7000, ISO 200.

Digital Darkroom.  My adjustments to this image were pretty basic.  I increased contrast and clarity.  Most importantly, I dropped a graduated filter down on the sky to lower the exposure half of a stop.  

 

WIRR stands for Weekly Image Rich Ruh.  This regular feature on Das Has von Ruh will show and describe my favorite photo created during this weekly period. My weeks start on Mondays, as does the WIRR. I’m hoping to include commentary on the story, the setting, the specs, or the sentiments, depending on the circumstances.