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.