Monday
Jul312017

WIRR 2017, July Week 1

It was the second day of my backpack in the Rawah Wilderness (day one was the subject of last week’s WIRR).  By midday, I had finished the long hike to the creatively named Rawah Lake #1.  While I had hoped to camp higher, there was a lot more snow than expected, and with incoming storm clouds I set up camp here.  The hail, sleet and downpour came later in the afternoon as I day hiked to the creatively named Rawah Lake #2 and Rawah Lake #3.  Back in camp, I relaxed with a book, and then made dinner, just in time for a second storm.  This one passed quickly, and after finishing camp chores for the night, I walked down to the lakeshore and took some images of the fading evening light.  Relaxed and comfortable after my second day in the woods, this became my favorite image of the week.

Evening at Rawah Lake


Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 18-55 f/2.8-4 R LM OIS at 18mm, f/6.4 at 1/200, 1/50, and 1/800; ISO 400.

 

Digital Darkroom.  A close look at the technical data listed above reveals that this is an HDR image.  Three different exposures, each made on a tripod, are combined together to make a single image.  My preferred software for this is Photomatix.  You can make wild and fantastic images with this software, but I prefer to keep the effect more subtle and realistic. After the HDR conversion, I made small adjustments to exposure, contrast, clarity, vibrance and shadows.

 

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
Jul142017

Photography, January 2017

A collection of photos from January 2017 that didn't fit in with other posts.

Window with Angles (Fort Collins, CO)

Ducts (Fort Collins, CO)

Lonely Shed (Centennial, WY)Eucalyptus (Redlands, CA)Palms at Sunrise (Redlands, CA)

Tracks and Mountains (Redlands, CA)California Sycamore #1California Sycamore #2

Thursday
Jul062017

WIRR 2017, June Week 4

I had just set out for a solo backpacking trip in the Rawah Wilderness of northern Colorado.  Thunder boomed overhead as the afternoon storms threatened, the clouds providing soft light to the landscape.  I was still fresh and not yet bothered by my heavy backpack.  The trail starts by crossing the valley of the Laramie River, and just before rising up from the valley floor it encounters a beaver pond.  On the opposite bank, orange trunks of lodgepole pines shoot skyward, proud giants oblivious to the fact that beetles killed them long ago.  I loved the reflection of these trees in the pond, and this became my favorite image of the week.

 

Lodgepole Reflections

 

Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 18-55 f/2.8-4 R LM OIS at  55 mm, f/9 at 1/60; ISO 400.

 

Digital Darkroom.  The most significant change here was the square crop.  The symmetry of the vertical lines was broken up by some shrubs, so this made the image much stronger.  The only other significant change was to use Touch Retouch to erase two distracting sticks in the foreground.

 

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
Jul012017

WIRR 2017, June Week 3

A couple of times this week I resorted to searching my yard for interesting photos.  On Sunday I hit paydirt when I found a crowd of bees swarming over milkweed flowers in the back meadow.  They were intent on the nectar, and paid me no mind as I fiddled with my tripod and macro lens.  I was able to get real close and fire the shutter with impunity.  This shot of the bee was my favorite image of the week.

Don’t Worry, Bee Happy

Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 60mm f/2.4 R Macro, f/9 at 1/400, ISO 400.

Digital Darkroom.  The hardest part here was picking my favorite image from a very large sequence- the bee was really enjoying the flower.  It’s a good lens, and I nailed the focus, so I was able to crop pretty tightly.  After that, just the basics- exposure, shadows, whites, with just small boots to clarity, contrast, and sharpening.   Most of the editing was done on the iPad for posting to Instagram, but I touched it up on the Mac later.

 

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
Jun242017

WIRR 2017, June Week 2

One of my favorite things about working in Old Town Fort Collins is that the city obviously cares so much about its appearance.  Flower pots are everywhere in the city.  Even the back alley behind my office is decorated with beautiful floral displays.  While on one of my daily photo walks I decided to capture one of these using my camera’s multiple-exposure mode.  The resulting Floral Kaleidoscope became my favorite image of the week

  

Floral Kaleidoscope

 

Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 60mm f/2.4 R Macro, f/5.6 at 1/500 (double exposures), ISO 400.

 

In the Field. This image was created in-camera using the multiple-exposure mode of the Fujifilm XT-2.  What’s nice about this mode is that after you take the first picture, you can see it overlaid in the viewfinder.  This lets you see what the final shot will look like before you take it.  The images were taken with the Fujifilm’s outstanding Velvia emulation.

 

Digital Darkroom.  Nothing extraordinary here- just small tweaks to exposure, contrast, and vibrance.

 

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.