Sunday
Jun172018

WIRR 2018, June Week 1

For the last few months, construction companies have been busy building The Exchange a block away from my office in Fort Collins. The website describes the complex as “The inviting open-air central plaza is canopied with strings of lights and community-style picnic tables surrounded by inspired cuisine, craft cocktails and beer served via Shipping Container Cars.” While the central plaza is still closed for construction, I’ve walked around the perimeter and I have to say… it actually kind of works. One thing I liked about the place is that they’ve obviously invested some time and energy in whimsical street art. On one of my afternoon walks, I came across this strange little guy, and it became my favorite image of the week.

Psychic Mystical Raccoon King Drain Spout

Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 18-55 f/2.8-4 R LM OIS at 27mm, f/5.6 at 1/140, ISO 200.

Digital Darkroom. I made lots of small adjustments to this image. After nudging the exposure up, I blasted contrast (+47) and whites (+39). I plunged blacks (-60) and gave a big pop to clarity (+24). I tampered with the black and white luminance mix as well to get the right amount of texture. I added a brush to the metal plate in the foreground to slam more clarity (+64) for more of it. I wrapped it up with a -20 vignette.

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
Jun152018

WIRR 2018, May Week 4

Lory State Park is perched above Fort Collins to the west. Every weekend day, throngs of people hike the Arthur’s Rock trail to a small prominence with spectacular views of Fort Collins. A multitude of mountain bikes ride the East and West Valley trails. My favorite, away from the crowds, are a set of lesser known and much less used hiking trails. These trails lead to six backcountry camping sites. We spent part of Memorial Day weekend camped at one of these. The sites are quite unique; from them we could hear the horn blasts of the trains running through town, and watch the lightning dance across the High Plains. The following morning we did the obligatory climb of Arthur’s Rock, and on the way back down I was able to take a few pictures. The skies were overcast, giving a soft even light for wildflower photos. When I saw this bright orange Wallflower in front of a mass of dead gray twigs, I knew I had something. This became my favorite image of the week.

Wallflower

Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 60mm f/2.4 R Macro, f/9 at 1/50, ISO 250.

Digital Darkroom. Exposure +0.22, Contrast +10. 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.

 

Wednesday
Jun062018

WIRR 2018, May Week 3

When guests from the east coast come to visit us in Colorado, I always warn them that Colorado is flat and brown. Most of eastern Colorado, the part you see when you fly in, is flat, and most of the year Colorado is brown and arid. The exception is the month of May, when the Front Range shines with verdant shades of green. I took my guests on a hike up to Horsetooth Rock and enjoyed a view of the Rocky Mountain National Park in the distance. This became my favorite image of the week.

View from Horsetooth Rock

Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 18-55 f/2.8-4 R LM OIS at 30mm, f/8 at 1/350, ISO 200.

Digital Darkroom. This image was shot in the middle of the day, probably the worst time for landscape photography. After straightening the crooked sky and setting the film emulation to Velvia, I went to work. For the overall image, I raised the exposure and contrast (+68!). I thought the rock looked too dark, so I used a brush to increase exposure and shadows, and added more clarity to increase the texture. Finally, I dragged down a graduated filter over the sky to increase clarity and dehaze.

The original RAW image is below:

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
Jun052018

WIRR 2018, May Week 2

I walk the streets around my office on a regular basis, so when something changes I’m quick to notice. Outside of a new store (which is always empty, so is unfortunately probably doomed), was a concrete flower pot that had been painted with wild colors. The colors reminded me of a tie-dye, while the lines and patterns felt more industrial. I fired off a series of shots, one of which became my favorite image of the week. 

Flower Pot

Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 60mm f/2.4 R Macro, f/5.6 at 1/90, ISO 200.

Digital Darkroom. I wanted the colors to really pop, so I started with the Fujichrome Velvia film emulation. I tweaked the exposure up a little, then massively increased contrast and clarity. I lowered highlights a whopping -35 to take out the shine, and ended by increasing 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.

Saturday
Jun022018

WIRR 2018, May Week 1

One of my ongoing projects is taking photos of ceiling lamps. (While I got the original idea from my friend Cole Thompson, I'm copying the subject matter, not the style.) 

A disproportionate number of these pictures are taken with my iPhone, as it seems a disproportionate number of nice looking lamps are in restaurants, and my iPhone is always with me there. This particular shot was taken after I looked up during my meal at Simply Thai in Fort Collins. This became my favorite image of the week.

Petals of Light

iPhone X, Halide app

Digital Darkroom. I started processing this by using the TouchReTouch app to clean up a bunch of distracting elements. After that I applied a crop to produce the square image. I ended by increasing highlights and clarity, and reducing shadows and blacks.

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.