Thursday
Apr202017

WIRR 2017, April Week 2

 

On most days in the office I eat lunch at my desk and then go for a short walk in the early afternoon.  My route varies everyday, and on this particular Wednesday I wandered up to Willow Street.  The sky was a brilliant blue and when I saw this building of white bricks I knew I had found my favorite image of the week:

 

 

Brick and Blue

 

Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 60mm f/2.4 R Macro, f/14 at 1/1000, ISO 400.

 

Digital Darkroom.  Processing this image was as straightforward as can be.  I straightened out the bricks to be parallel to the edge of the frame— apparently I’m incapable of doing this in-camera, even when I try.  A touch of contrast, two dashes of clarity, and I was done.

 

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
Apr182017

Photography, October 2016

A collection of photos from October 2016 that didn't fit in other posts.

 

Monday
Apr172017

WIRR 2017, April Week 1

Fort Collins holds a monthly event called First Friday where all of the art galleries in town hold an open house.  We haven’t done it awhile, since the event would collide with my son’s bedtime, but we tried it earlier this month.  Unfortunately, rising rents in Old Town have caused many of the galleries to pack up and move away.  One exception was the Fort Collins Museum of Art, which had a fascinating collection of masks.  While looking for the exhibit in the building, we accidentally climbed upstairs.  I peered out a window, raised my camera to my eye, and took my favorite image of the week:

 

 

"Man reading book"

 

Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 60mm f/2.4 R Macro, f/5.6 at 1/500, ISO 1600.

 

Digital Darkroom.  The man was on an outside balcony across the alley, and I only had a 60mm lens.  My first step was to do a fairly massive crop to isolate the subject.  I was impressed at how much the camera could handle this, particularly at ISO 1600.  There’s some noise, so I had to mix in a little noise reduction.  The main enhancements were mostly contrast and clarity- especially the top half of the image where I added a grad filter for an extra boost.  I tried the image in black and white as well, but couldn’t get the right amount of zing for me to be happy with 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.

 

Sunday
Apr092017

WIRR 2017, March Week 4

Flowers are one of my favorite subjects, so I smiled when the first daffodil of the year bloomed in our backyard.  A day later we were blessed with overcast and drizzle.  I knew this would be a great opportunity to photograph that flower.  I put on my rain jacket and rain pants, and laid down on the wet grass, using my elbows and body to form a tripod to support the camera.  It was raining lightly, but that was why I bought a weather-resistant camera in the first place.  This shot of a daffodil become my favorite image of the week: 

 

Daffodil in the rain

 

Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 60mm f/2.4 R Macro, f/8 at 1/250, ISO 400.

 

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.

Saturday
Apr082017

The Black Powder Trail

Our family has often visited Gateway Natural Area, a city-owned park in Poudre Canyon.  We’ve passed the steep trailhead of the Black Powder trail several times and wondered what was up there.  The visible sections of the trail feature a steep climb through a nondescript, uninviting pine forest.  Nate and I finally satisfied our curiosity last fall.  We were surprised to climb out of the forest into open rolling hills.  The upper trail featured cool breezes, waving grass, and great views in all directions.