Tuesday
Oct172017

Palm Springs (March 2017)

Some photos from Palm Springs, taken last March.
  
David Bowie diptych at the Hard Rock hotel
  
  
 
Marilyn Monroe statue outside Pinocchio’s restaurant
  
 
Street mural
  
 
Bicycle rack
  
 
Fountain
  
Sunday
Oct152017

WIRR 2017 October Week 1

Last Sunday, the family took a short hike to Arapahoe Bend Natural Area in Fort Collins. This was a nice little walk around a series of ponds and alongside the Poudre River. The Cottonwoods were at their golden peak of foliage, and the skies were blue. Long-time readers of this feature know about my love of these colors, so it wasn’t too hard to choose my favorite image of the week.

Cottonwood Reflections

Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 18-55 f/2.8-4 R LM OIS at 33mm, f/8 at 1/320, ISO 400.

Digital Darkroom. I only made two notable changes to this photo. First, it was midday, and the sky wasn’t quite blue enough for me. So I boosted up the saturation on the blue channel. Second, the polarizing filter made the darkness of the sky vary across the span of the frame. I ended up dragging a graduated filter to lower the exposure on the left-hand side of the image. To keep it looking natural, the transition from light to dark was very gradual- almost half of the frame in fact.

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.

 

Thursday
Oct052017

WIRR 2017, September Week 4

This week’s image was taken about two feet away from Flower in the Rain #2 from last week. I was out in the front yard, trying to collect a photo of the day. The flowers don’t have long to live before frost sets in, so I’m using them frequently as subjects. This time I was distracted by the three butterflies flitting around. My neighbor asked if I knew the name. I answered with confidence, but my son did too, and an Internet search revealed he knows more about butterflies than I do (Proud Daddy moment). I was super jazzed when I saw how well this photo came out, and it became my favorite image of the week.

Painted Lady Butterfly

Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 60mm f/2.4 R Macro, f/4.5 at 1/500, ISO 800.

Digital Darkroom. By far the biggest edit to this image was the crop. I could only get so close to the butterfly, so I knew that I would be cropping. But after I zoomed in, I thought “I could zoom in a bit more.” So I did that again. And again. And again. By the time I was done, the butterfly filled the frame, and I was down to 5.8 MP out of the original 24- less than 1/4. While I probably couldn’t make a huge print out of the remaining image, at most sizes it works just fine. The other adjustments I made to the image were the usual exposure, contrast, clarity, etc.

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.

 

Wednesday
Oct042017

WIRR 2017, September Week 3

This was a good week for photography, and I had a difficult choice choosing the image of the week. I finally gave the nod to this flower that I shot in the rain in my front yard. It was a cold miserable day, but I cannot resist shooting raindrops! (And a shout-out to the weather-sealing on the Fujifilm XT-2, which allows me to shoot like this and not worry about it).

Flower in the Rain #2

Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 60mm f/2.4 R Macro, f/8 at 1/250, ISO 3200.

ISO 3200? Are you kidding me? Remember when 400 speed film was too fast to be any good?

Digital Darkroom. I started by using Touch ReTouch to clean off two small blotches on the image (I later realized this was dust on the sensor). After that, processing was pretty minimal- Exposure +0.54, Contrast +4, Clarity +13. That’s it.

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
Oct032017

WIRR 2017, September Week 2

This photo makes me smile. I was working on a Saturday, and took a break for a short photo walk. I wandered into Old Town Square where Fortoberfest was going on. I was maneuvering into a position where I could take a picture of the band, when I saw this woman’s tattoos in front of me. I forgot about the band, crouched down, and fired off a series of shots. I love the weird combination of Spongebob Squarepants and Grateful Dead imagery, and it became my favorite image of the week.

Sponge Bob Tattoo

Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 60mm f/2.4 R Macro, f/4 at 1/500, ISO 400.

Digital Darkroom. No significant changes here- just tweaks to contrast, exposure, clarity, etc.

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.