Saturday
Mar032018

WIRR 2018, February Week 3

One of the projects that I’m working on in the background is a collection of images of lights. You’ve already seen a number of them this year, back in January Week 1 (“Red Ball of Lights”) and January Week 2 (“Spiral Lights”). This week’s lamp was on the wall outside of an office suite. It became my favorite image of the week.

Lamp

iPhoneX, normal lens.

Digital Darkroom. This photo took a surprising amount of work to get the effect that I wanted. First and most obviously, I converted to black and white, and played around with the color channels. For the wall and the the mounting bracket, I raised the contrast, clarity, and especially dehaze. This brought out the threaded textures in the bracket. This all made the light itself look horrible. I used a brush to move clarity and dehaze in the opposite direction, restoring a fuzzy glow.

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
Mar012018

WIRR 2018, February Week 2

There isn’t much between Fort Collins, Colorado, and Laramie, Wyoming on highway 287. Oh, there’s great views and plenty of antelope. Just not much in the way of buildings or towns. One of the few exceptions in the town of Livermore is a small restaurant and general store called The Forks. (I have to admit, I thought that was the name of the “town”, but when I looked it up it’s actually called Livermore). I think I’ve been in there only once before, but it’s been substantially improved since my last visit. There’s now a store downstairs and a restaurant upstairs. The downstairs has a number of interesting artifacts, including an antique cash register, and this sculpture of a pensive cowboy. We only stopped at this store for my friends to get a breakfast burrito, but I never pass up an opportunity for a photo. The cowboy sculpture became my favorite image of the week.

Eat Here

iPhone X, wide-angle lens.

Digital Darkroom. I was super impressed with the sharpness and depth of field that I got right out of the camera. Nevertheless, I helped it out a bit by lowering exposure, contrast, and clarity. I then used a brush to raise clarity, exposure, and contrast on the sculpture. It was a fairly subtle adjustment, but it helped give the sculpture a little extra pop.

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
Feb262018

WIRR 2018, February Week 1

My monthly trips to Redlands begin with dinner in the Denver International Airport on Sunday night. One of my favorite restaurants in the airport is Root Down. In addition to good food and better wine, there’s also some interesting decor. In the back of the restaurant, one ceiling is covered with illuminated globes. I’ve photographed this before, and it’s distinctive enough that I will probably try again. I’m amused to note that these globes are on the home page of the restaurant website. This became my favorite image of the week.

The World is Yours

Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 18-55 f/2.8-4 R LM OIS at 21 mm, f/4.5 at 1/50, ISO 6400.

Digital Darkroom. When I’ve shot this in the past, I went with a realistic look. This time around, I decided to have some fun. This time I used Snapseed to give it more pizazz. I used the (fake) HDR adjustments, as well as the Glow adjustment to make it really pop. I finished the image off with the usual contrast and color tweaks. 

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
Feb092018

WIRR 2018, January Week 5

I’ve been slowly resuming my daily photo while in work. Taking an afternoon walk and shooting a few pictures is a part of my routine that I don’t want to lose, even if the daily photo obligation has subsided. This time I might have raised the camera to my eyes before I physically left my office doorway. The light and the clouds were just right, and this became my favorite image of the week.

Clouds over Fort Collins

Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 18-55 f/2.8-4 R LM OIS at 55mm, f/9 at 1/1700, ISO 200.

Digital Darkroom. I shot this into sun, so the camera naturally exposed for the clouds and let the foreground stay in the shadows. I lowered the exposure more, and then raised highlights and whites to bring the white back into the clouds. I converted to black & white and played with the color mix to finish it off.

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
Feb062018

Le Grand Voyage — Two Kings

Two sculptures of kings from Versailles.

Louis XIVCharlemagne

 This is a new post from the Le Grand Voyage project.