As regular readers know. I spend one week a month at our company’s headquarters in Redlands, California. Earlier this year, I decided to take the bicycle trail that intersects campus and see where it led. Not far, as it turned out, but I completed a circumlocation of the campus anyway. In fact, Mountains and Palm was taken on one of these early walks. Towards one end of the campus, there is a beautiful stand of white-barked eucalyptus trees. While I’m sure my California collegeues rarely give these trees a second glance, I’m fascinated by the patterns on the bark. The shapes (obviously not the colors!) remind me of Clyfford Still paintings. Don’t be surprised to see more eucalpytus photos in the months ahead. My favorite image of the week:

Eucalyptus

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

Digital Darkroom. From viewfinder to print, this image was minimalist all the way. I lowered contrast a bunch and converted the image to black and white. I did both of those using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom on the iPad. Back on the Mac, I added a tiny bit of sharpening. While I did some experimenting beyond that, I always preferred the untouched 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.

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