Friday
Dec082017

WIRR 2017, November Week 4

Old Town Fort Collins has been busy with construction for months now. Some old buildings were razed, and the Elizabeth Hotel was constructed, along with a new parking garage. From my perspective, the best part is that I have a new block full of photographic subjects close to work. The image below shows steel grids on the exterior of the new parking garage, and became my favorite image of the week.

Steel Grid

Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 60mm f/2.4 R Macro, f/14 at 1/125, ISO 200.

Digital Darkroom. Obviously this image was about the texture of the grid. I emphasized that with changes to exposure, contrast, blacks, clarity, and even the dehaze tool. Lightroom’s transform tool helped straighten some of the lines, as I was shooting up at an angle. After converting to black & white, I adjusted the luminance of the individual color channels to draw emphasis away from the concrete background and back to the grid.

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.

 

Tuesday
Dec052017

WIRR 2017, November Week 3

When I spend a day hiking or skiing in the outdoors, shooting a daily photo is never a problem. When I’m working in Old Town, I can usually find something within a few blocks of the office, as long as I have time to take a quick walk. But on those days when I’m stuck at home, making an image becomes more difficult. I simply have a hard time finding subjects, especially after frost has killed off the flowers. I was pretty excited to find these berries growing on a Virginia Creeper on our back fence. The bold colors and textures was just what I was looking for. It became my favorite image of the week.

Virginia Creeper Berries

Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 60mm f/2.4 R Macro, f/11 at 1/35, ISO 3200.

Digital Darkroom I started with typical adjustments to contrast (+22), highlights (-18), blacks (-9) and clarity (+12). I wanted the center of attention to be the berries, but I kept getting distracted by the bright red stems. A hole in the fence was out of focus, but provided a splash of unwanted green from the grass on the other side. To solve both of these problems I took to the color channel settings to lower saturation on red (-60), orange (-43), yellow (-71) and green (-100). After that it took only a very minor boost to the blue saturation (+8) to complete the image. For comparison, here’s the original shot:

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
Nov242017

WIRR 2017, November Week 2

It was cloudy and drizzling as I made my way to work last Friday, the last day of a particularly busy week. My work load kept me from going too far afield, but as a point of personal pride I still keep up daily photo project. The cloudy weather meant soft light, which was perfect for a subject I had checked out a few days before. Our campus has a Japanese garden which is actually quite pretty. Scattered around are tables with umbrellas (more for sun than for rain in southern California). Regular readers of this feature are probably tired of hearing me talk about yellow and blue, but here those colors are again, in what became my favorite image of the week.

Blue Umbrella

Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 18-55 f/2.8-4 R LM OIS at 18mm, f/3.6 at 1/60, ISO 1600.

Digital Darkroom. Besides the usual small tweaks, I increased the saturation of the blue channel, and decreased the hue of the purple channel to obtain the shade of blue that I wanted.

Earlier in the week I shot the converse image- Yellow Umbrella

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.

 

Sunday
Nov192017

WIRR 2017, November Week 1

This week’s image reminds me of an abstract painting. Alternating splotches of yellow and and black decorate a black and grey mottled background. Horizontal lines cover the splotches, while the background is cracked like dry mud. There is a repeating pattern, three rows of three yellow circles, but the pattern is broken up by the inconsistent placement of the black and one yellow circle. I loved the patterns and colors, so this became my favorite image of the week.

Glue Splotches

iPhone 7.

So what is it really? The Northern Hotel is a landmark of Fort Collins architecture. In between the windows on the first floor, there is black paneling on the walls (picture here). One of the panels had fallen off, revealing the glue underneath. I shot this on just the right day, because it was repaired a few days later.

Digital Darkroom. Just small changes to contrast, blacks, clarity, and saturation.

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.

 

Sunday
Nov122017

Top 5 Pumpkin Beers

As a public service, I'm providing this list of the best pumpkin brews to enjoy this holiday season.

 

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There are no good pumpkin beers.  Stop it, people.  Just.  Stop it.