Saturday
Dec232017

WIRR 2017, December Week 2

When I’m working in Old Town, I usually take an afternoon walk to collect my photo of the day. This isn’t always the right idea, and recently I’ve started to wait a bit longer before my photographic wanderings. Old Town during the Christmas season is quite beautiful, and this shot after work one night became my favorite image of the week.

Christmas Lights at the Northern Hotel

Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 18-55 f/2.8-4 R LM OIS at 21mm, f/4.5 at 1/60, ISO 6400.

Digital Darkroom. I started in the usual way, with adjustments to exposure and contrast. I lowered the blacks to help with an inky sky and really boosted the clarity. The shadow on the left side of the building was too dark for my liking, so I brightened it up with a graduated filter. I added a bit of sharpness and noise reduction- the ISO 6400 on my camera is impressive, but not perfect.

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
Dec182017

WIRR 2017, December Week 1

Last week I discussed the new Elizabeth Hotel and included a photo of the parking garage. This week I have a picture of the hotel’s facade itself. It’s a similar black & white vertical image, making me wish a little that I could go back in time and change last week’s selection. Similarities aside, this is still my favorite image of the week.

The Elizabeth Hotel

Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 18-55 f/2.8-4 R LM OIS at 48mm, f/6.4 at 1/350, ISO 200.

Digital Darkroom. I started with the usual tweaks to exposure and contrast. I cropped and straightened it to make sure it was as vertical as I could make it. I increased contrast and plunged the blacks to make this photo all about the patterns. I finished it off by adjusting the luminance of each of the color channels to again emphasize the patterns.

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
Dec082017

WIRR 2017, November Week 4

Old Town Fort Collins has been busy with construction for months now. Some old buildings were razed, and the Elizabeth Hotel was constructed, along with a new parking garage. From my perspective, the best part is that I have a new block full of photographic subjects close to work. The image below shows steel grids on the exterior of the new parking garage, and became my favorite image of the week.

Steel Grid

Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 60mm f/2.4 R Macro, f/14 at 1/125, ISO 200.

Digital Darkroom. Obviously this image was about the texture of the grid. I emphasized that with changes to exposure, contrast, blacks, clarity, and even the dehaze tool. Lightroom’s transform tool helped straighten some of the lines, as I was shooting up at an angle. After converting to black & white, I adjusted the luminance of the individual color channels to draw emphasis away from the concrete background and back to the grid.

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
Dec052017

WIRR 2017, November Week 3

When I spend a day hiking or skiing in the outdoors, shooting a daily photo is never a problem. When I’m working in Old Town, I can usually find something within a few blocks of the office, as long as I have time to take a quick walk. But on those days when I’m stuck at home, making an image becomes more difficult. I simply have a hard time finding subjects, especially after frost has killed off the flowers. I was pretty excited to find these berries growing on a Virginia Creeper on our back fence. The bold colors and textures was just what I was looking for. It became my favorite image of the week.

Virginia Creeper Berries

Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 60mm f/2.4 R Macro, f/11 at 1/35, ISO 3200.

Digital Darkroom I started with typical adjustments to contrast (+22), highlights (-18), blacks (-9) and clarity (+12). I wanted the center of attention to be the berries, but I kept getting distracted by the bright red stems. A hole in the fence was out of focus, but provided a splash of unwanted green from the grass on the other side. To solve both of these problems I took to the color channel settings to lower saturation on red (-60), orange (-43), yellow (-71) and green (-100). After that it took only a very minor boost to the blue saturation (+8) to complete the image. For comparison, here’s the original shot:

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
Nov242017

WIRR 2017, November Week 2

It was cloudy and drizzling as I made my way to work last Friday, the last day of a particularly busy week. My work load kept me from going too far afield, but as a point of personal pride I still keep up daily photo project. The cloudy weather meant soft light, which was perfect for a subject I had checked out a few days before. Our campus has a Japanese garden which is actually quite pretty. Scattered around are tables with umbrellas (more for sun than for rain in southern California). Regular readers of this feature are probably tired of hearing me talk about yellow and blue, but here those colors are again, in what became my favorite image of the week.

Blue Umbrella

Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 18-55 f/2.8-4 R LM OIS at 18mm, f/3.6 at 1/60, ISO 1600.

Digital Darkroom. Besides the usual small tweaks, I increased the saturation of the blue channel, and decreased the hue of the purple channel to obtain the shade of blue that I wanted.

Earlier in the week I shot the converse image- Yellow Umbrella

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.