It was the second day of my backpack in the Rawah Wilderness (day one was the subject of last week’s WIRR).  By midday, I had finished the long hike to the creatively named Rawah Lake #1.  While I had hoped to camp higher, there was a lot more snow than expected, and with incoming storm clouds I set up camp here.  The hail, sleet and downpour came later in the afternoon as I day hiked to the creatively named Rawah Lake #2 and Rawah Lake #3.  Back in camp, I relaxed with a book, and then made dinner, just in time for a second storm.  This one passed quickly, and after finishing camp chores for the night, I walked down to the lakeshore and took some images of the fading evening light.  Relaxed and comfortable after my second day in the woods, this became my favorite image of the week.

Evening at Rawah Lake


Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 18-55 f/2.8-4 R LM OIS at 18mm, f/6.4 at 1/200, 1/50, and 1/800; ISO 400.

Digital Darkroom.  A close look at the technical data listed above reveals that this is an HDR image.  Three different exposures, each made on a tripod, are combined together to make a single image.  My preferred software for this is Photomatix.  You can make wild and fantastic images with this software, but I prefer to keep the effect more subtle and realistic. After the HDR conversion, I made small adjustments to exposure, contrast, clarity, vibrance and shadows.

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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