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.

 

Tuesday
Oct172017

Palm Springs (March 2017)

Some photos from Palm Springs, taken last March.
  
David Bowie diptych at the Hard Rock hotel
  
  
 
Marilyn Monroe statue outside Pinocchio’s restaurant
  
 
Street mural
  
 
Bicycle rack
  
 
Fountain
  
Sunday
Oct152017

WIRR 2017, October Week 1

Last Sunday, the family took a short hike to Arapahoe Bend Natural Area in Fort Collins. This was a nice little walk around a series of ponds and alongside the Poudre River. The Cottonwoods were at their golden peak of foliage, and the skies were blue. Long-time readers of this feature know about my love of these colors, so it wasn’t too hard to choose my favorite image of the week.

Cottonwood Reflections

Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 18-55 f/2.8-4 R LM OIS at 33mm, f/8 at 1/320, ISO 400.

Digital Darkroom. I only made two notable changes to this photo. First, it was midday, and the sky wasn’t quite blue enough for me. So I boosted up the saturation on the blue channel. Second, the polarizing filter made the darkness of the sky vary across the span of the frame. I ended up dragging a graduated filter to lower the exposure on the left-hand side of the image. To keep it looking natural, the transition from light to dark was very gradual- almost half of the frame in fact.

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
Oct052017

WIRR 2017, September Week 4

This week’s image was taken about two feet away from Flower in the Rain #2 from last week. I was out in the front yard, trying to collect a photo of the day. The flowers don’t have long to live before frost sets in, so I’m using them frequently as subjects. This time I was distracted by the three butterflies flitting around. My neighbor asked if I knew the name. I answered with confidence, but my son did too, and an Internet search revealed he knows more about butterflies than I do (Proud Daddy moment). I was super jazzed when I saw how well this photo came out, and it became my favorite image of the week.

Painted Lady Butterfly

Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 60mm f/2.4 R Macro, f/4.5 at 1/500, ISO 800.

Digital Darkroom. By far the biggest edit to this image was the crop. I could only get so close to the butterfly, so I knew that I would be cropping. But after I zoomed in, I thought “I could zoom in a bit more.” So I did that again. And again. And again. By the time I was done, the butterfly filled the frame, and I was down to 5.8 MP out of the original 24- less than 1/4. While I probably couldn’t make a huge print out of the remaining image, at most sizes it works just fine. The other adjustments I made to the image were the usual exposure, contrast, clarity, etc.

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.