Sunday
Nov122017

WIRR 2017, October Week 5

I love the façades of the buildings in Old Town Fort Collins, but always struggle with how to shoot them. I’m not a big fan of the keystone effect from shooting directly underneath. This angle seemed to work for me. The sets of branches reaching towards each other, and of course, the blue colors, made this my favorite image of the week.

Blue Reflections

Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 18-55 f/2.8-4 R LM OIS at 18mm, f/9 at 1/200, ISO 400.

Digital Darkroom. Small adjustments to highlights and shadows. I added some saturation to the blues.

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
Nov062017

WIRR 2017, October Week 4

One of the things I always appreciate while walking around Old Town Fort Collins are the flowers. Early in the spring, the city installs pots all over town, and these are often refreshed throughout the year. On Walnut Street, two of the pots were recently switched out to use some hardy decorative kale. I love the strong colors, the contrast between the purple and the green, and the jagged concentric circles. I took a shot at it straight down and this became my favorite image of the week.

Kale

Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 18-55 f/2.8-4 R LM OIS at 55mm, f/8 at 1/30, ISO 800.

Digital Darkroom. Pretty minimal changes here. Increased contrast by +30 and clarity by +42. That was all I needed to bring out the colors and texture.

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
Oct312017

Eclipse Follow-up

This article has a great description of totality, and hits upon the "Who wants to look at a black hole where the sun was supposed to be?" theme that I was trying to express.  Vi Hart does it better.

What I did not expect was an unholy horror sucking the life and light and warmth out of the universe with long reaching arms, that what I’d seen in pictures was not an exaggeration but a failure to capture the extent of this thing that human eyes, and not cameras, are uniquely suited to absorb the horror of.


Sunday
Oct292017

WIRR 2017, October Week 3

Hanging Lake has been on our bucket list of Colorado hikes for quite some time. It’s a short hike, only 2.4 miles round-trip, and leaves from the middle of Glenwood Canyon near Glenwood Springs. What makes it interesting is that the shoreline is made up of travertine, created from dissolved limestone in the water which precipitates and builds up over time. The lake itself is a beautiful turquoise color, also from the dissolved minerals. We’ve tried hiking this one before, but the parking lot inside the canyon full. We were traveling to Grand Junction for Nate’s October break, and the off-season weekday was a perfect opportunity. Despite this, the steep and rocky trail was still pretty crowded. Nate was having an “off-day”, so it took some cajoling to get up the trail. It was later than we expected and wanted when we got to the lake, and we almost skipped out on following a side trail titled “Spouting Rock Falls.” But we decided to see how long the spur trail was, and it turned out to be very short. Water sprays out of a small hole in a solid cliff face and pours down, eventually feeding the lake. I took a few shots hand-held, which were nice. I thought about getting out my tripod, but it was late, so… 

That line of thinking is dangerous, but thankfully I caught myself. I’m a photographer, damn it. The family went on ahead as I pulled out the gear, and took a long-exposure shot of the cascade. This became my favorite image of the week.

Spouting Rock Falls

Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 18-55 f/2.8-4 R LM OIS at 27mm, f/22 at 1/2 second, ISO 400.

Digital Darkroom. Nothing but tiny changes.

The actual Hanging Lake isn’t bad either:

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
Oct232017

WIRR 2017, October Week 2

My “home away from home” is Redlands, California, where I work one week every month. As deadlines approach, my time for photography diminishes, especially when on business trips. Thankfully, theres’s a short walk around and through the Esri campus that gives me things to shoot. In particular, I really like the bark of two trees- the Eucalyptus, and the California Sycamore. During a week in September, I shot nothing but Eucalyptus bark, and this week in October, I focused on the Sycamore. The goal was to shoot abstracts of the bark. Both times I set out to make black & white photos, and both times I ended up preferring the color versions. For this Sycamore image, I loved the soft green, gold, and rose colors, and the bark patterns reminiscent of the contour lines on a topographic map. This became my favorite image of the week. 

California Sycamore #1

Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 18-55 f/2.8-4 R LM OIS at 55mm, f/8 at 1/125, ISO 400.

Digital Darkroom. Nothing special here. Boosts to exposure, contrast, and clarity. I took the edge off the whites and darkened the 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.