Fort Collins holds a monthly event called First Friday where all of the art galleries in town hold an open house.  We haven’t done it awhile, since the event would collide with my son’s bedtime, but we tried it earlier this month.  Unfortunately, rising rents in Old Town have caused many of the galleries to pack up and move away.  One exception was the Fort Collins Museum of Art, which had a fascinating collection of masks.  While looking for the exhibit in the building, we accidentally climbed upstairs.  I peered out a window, raised my camera to my eye, and took my favorite image of the week:

 

 

“Man reading book”

 

Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 60mm f/2.4 R Macro, f/5.6 at 1/500, ISO 1600.

 

Digital Darkroom.  The man was on an outside balcony across the alley, and I only had a 60mm lens.  My first step was to do a fairly massive crop to isolate the subject.  I was impressed at how much the camera could handle this, particularly at ISO 1600.  There’s some noise, so I had to mix in a little noise reduction.  The main enhancements were mostly contrast and clarity- especially the top half of the image where I added a grad filter for an extra boost.  I tried the image in black and white as well, but couldn’t get the right amount of zing for me to be happy with it.  

 

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.