Friday
Feb022018

Le Grand Voyage — Restarted

In 2015, our family took an extended trip to France for Dorinna’s 50th birthday. After the trip, I published numerous stories and photos about the trip. At about one post a week, I worked my way up through day 22 of the trip. And then I stopped.

I had become frustrated at how many other photographs weren’t making it onto the blog, and I decided that I would “catch up” and then resume telling the France story. Eighteen months later, I’m not caught up on other photos, and I haven’t written another post about France. So much for that plan.

It’s a new year and a new plan. My resolution for 2018 is to finish the story of Le Grand Voyage. As it turns out, this works out to about one day’s worth of material for every month in 2018. That feels like an achievable goal.

New material coming soon!

If you’re interested to read the old material, here’s a list of the posts so far:

 

Thursday
Feb012018

WIRR 2018, January Week 4

Last week I had a conference in San Antonio, Texas. A had about an hour to walk around the city before the conference madness began. I used that time for a walk on the Riverwalk, which is a canal that runs through the city. San Antonio has turned it into a kind of park, sidewalks on both sides, with trees, bridges and other decorations. In some areas, bars and restaurants line the water. The Riverwalk feels like a different city, but you always get glimpses up and out. I had a fun time experimenting with my new iPhone X. I like the fact that it has two lenses. The “telephoto” is really only a 52mm lens, but it’s still a significant change from the wide-angle phone lens I’m accustomed to. For this particular shot, I captured a high-rise apartment building at just the perfect time of sunset for one side of the building to be perfectly aglow. This became my favorite image of the week.

High-rise at Sunset

iPhone X, 52mm equivalent lens.

Digital Darkroom. I cleaned up a few stray sparkles of sunlight. Otherwise just adjusted contrast, vibrance, and clarity.

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
Jan292018

WIRR 2018, January Week 3

This is an image of a new sculpture in Old Town Fort Collins. Titled Alley Views, it’s by local artist Joe McGrane. It became my favorite image of the week.

Alley Views

Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 18-55 f/2.8-4 R LM OIS at 21mm, f/7.1 at 1/90, ISO 200.

Digital Darkroom. My goal for this image was to really make the bricks stand out. I achieved this by increasing contrast and clarity, and by boosting highlights and lowering 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.

 

Friday
Jan192018

WIRR 2018, January Week 2

This was my first full week without taking daily photos. I actually went hiking on Sunday for the specific reason of getting a good photo before the week was over. And I did, I got a good photo. Not a great photo, but a good photo. One that I could post without embarrassment. But then a funny thing happened. Out of habit, I reviewed the images that I shot over the week. And, in fact, I had taken a picture the previous day, of a light fixture in Torchy’s Tacos. Not only was it good, it was better than good. I’ve been collecting photos of ceiling lamps over the past few years, and I found I really liked this one. This became my favorite image of the week.

Spiral Lights

iPhone X, standard lens, Halide app.

Digital Darkroom. The big change here was to use the Touch Retouch app to clean up the image. I had to take out an electrical outlet, a fire suppressant sprinkler, and two walls that intruded into the sides of the photograph. After that, the simple clean lines were all I needed. Minor changes to clarity and whites and I was done.

In case you were wondering, here was the other image:

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
Jan172018

WIRR 2018, January Week 1

The Gardens on Spring Creek are a set of community gardens in Fort Collins. While the focus is obviously on botanical exhibits and programs, every year they transform the grounds into the Garden of Lights, an impressive Christmas light display. This year we visited in early January. I had a lot of fun shooting photos, including a number of shots where I zoomed the lens during a long exposure. This shot, though, was simpler, just a collection of red lights made to look like a flower. It became my favorite image of the week.

Red Ball of Lights

Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 18-55 f/2.8-4 R LM OIS at 55mm, f/5 at 1/60, ISO 400.

Digital Darkroom. The main focus here was on cleaning up the image. I used Touch Retouch to clean up some small lights and reflections in the background. I lowered shadows and blacks to make sure the background was a solid inky black. Finally I cropped the image to a square to emphasize the symmetry.

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.

 

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