Last Sunday, the family took a short hike to Arapahoe Bend Natural Area in Fort Collins. This was a nice little walk around a series of ponds and alongside the Poudre River. The Cottonwoods were at their golden peak of foliage, and the skies were blue. Long-time readers of this feature know about my love of these colors, so it wasn’t too hard to choose my favorite image of the week.

Cottonwood Reflections

Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 18-55 f/2.8-4 R LM OIS at 33mm, f/8 at 1/320, ISO 400.

Digital Darkroom. I only made two notable changes to this photo. First, it was midday, and the sky wasn’t quite blue enough for me. So I boosted up the saturation on the blue channel. Second, the polarizing filter made the darkness of the sky vary across the span of the frame. I ended up dragging a graduated filter to lower the exposure on the left-hand side of the image. To keep it looking natural, the transition from light to dark was very gradual- almost half of the frame in fact.

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.