Thursday
Jun222017

Star Wars and the Power of Costume

Last winter the Denver Art Museum had an exhibit on the costumes from the Star Wars movies.  Here are a few photos I took of the exhibit.

Luke Skywalker

Han Solo and ChewbaccaBoba FettDarth Vader (Revenge of the Sith)First Order StormtrooperDroids

Wednesday
Jun212017

WIRR 2017, June Week 1

This weekend our family went on a backpacking trip in Cameron Pass.  We were afraid that higher elevations would still be snow-covered, so we kept to a lower trail, Big South.  The Big South trail follows the Poudre River after it breaks away from the highway.  Swollen with snowmelt, the river was a raging roaring monster of foam.  We found a nice site three miles in, about a mile before another swollen stream blocked the trail.  On the hike out, we stopped in a shady spot and I got out the camera gear.  The photo that resulted was my favorite image of the week:

 

Poudre River

 

Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 18-55 f/2.8-4 R LM OIS at  55mm, f/20 at 26 seconds; ISO 200.

 

In the Field.  Blurring the water was done in-camera with a super long exposure.  In front of the lens I mounted a two-stop neutral density filter, which reduced the light by a factor of 4.  On top of that, I screwed on my Singh-Ray Vari-ND Neutral Density filter.  I cranked it up to reduce the light by another 8-stops (256x less light).  This allowed me to take a 26 second exposure in the middle of the day.   Of course, it took lots of trial and error to find the exposure setting I liked the best.  The camera was mounted on my tripod with a cable release used to control the exposure.  I made another happy discovery with my Fujifilm X-T2- with the exposure set to bulb, the viewfinder remains bright enough to compose correctly.

 

Digital Darkroom.  Silver Efex Pro was used to do the black and white conversion.  I boosted the structure and contrast in that software.  Back in Lightroom, I further boosted clarity and exposure.  This really helped bring out the texture in the water, giving it movement instead of the illusion of placidity.  I liked the brightness of the water, but the rocks on the top of the image were too dark, so I dragged down a graduated filter to compensate.

 

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
Jun132017

WIRR 2017, May Week 5

This is another photo from our trip to Oklahoma.  On our last day there, I got up in the early morning to take a last look around.  The ground was soaked with dew, and the air held still more moisture.  It wasn’t hot, but the morning promised it soon would be.  Continuing to explore the same theme as last week’s image, I intentionally shot it with the same principles - a focus on the golden light, and a feeling of summer haze and humidity.  “They” say you shouldn’t overexpose your images, but I again did so intentionally.  This was my favorite image of the week.

 

Hazy Morning

 

Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 18-55 f/2.8-4 R LM OIS at  41mm, f/9 at 1/400; ISO 400.

 

Digital Darkroom.  The biggest change to this image was giving the highlights a golden split tone.  I then pounded on the light, boosting exposure, highlights, clarity, 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.


Saturday
Jun032017

WIRR 2017, May Week 4

We spent the weekend visiting family in Oklahoma.  They live on a farm, and I often spend hours walking or driving a Gator around the fields and forests.  On this particular day, I went in search of images along a picturesque hedgerow.  I didn’t find anything, but tracked down their herd of cattle instead.  Turning off the Gator, I waited for the cows to relax and come introduce themselves.  As curiosity overrode anxiety, they came over to investigate, and I made a collection of bovine portraits.  When we both got bored with each other, I started up the Gator again and headed for home.  They climbed the hill ahead of me, directly into the sun.  The rule is that you shouldn’t overexpose your images, but for this image I did so intentionally.  I wanted this image to evoke the feeling of a hot summer day.  You can hear the cicadas, feel the hot humid air, watch as the cattle kick up the dust (flies?) as they hasten up the hillside.  This was my favorite image of the week.

 

 

Cattle Drive

 

Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 18-55 f/2.8-4 R LM OIS at  55mm, f/11 at 1/125; ISO 800.

 

Digital Darkroom.   Was the light really this golden?  Yes, because I said it was.  I used Lightroom’s split toning tools to supercharge the yellows.  I warmed the image further by playing with the white balance.  The intentional overexposure was shot in-camera. 

 

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
May302017

Photography, December 2016

A collection of photos from December 2016 that didn't fit in with other posts.

 

Clearing Storm, Palm Springs CABlue Mist SpireasBoulder FlatironsLawn OrnamentDoorBalcony