My “home away from home” is Redlands, California, where I work one week every month. As deadlines approach, my time for photography diminishes, especially when on business trips. Thankfully, theres’s a short walk around and through the Esri campus that gives me things to shoot. In particular, I really like the bark of two trees- the Eucalyptus, and the California Sycamore. During a week in September, I shot nothing but Eucalyptus bark, and this week in October, I focused on the Sycamore. The goal was to shoot abstracts of the bark. Both times I set out to make black & white photos, and both times I ended up preferring the color versions. For this Sycamore image, I loved the soft green, gold, and rose colors, and the bark patterns reminiscent of the contour lines on a topographic map. This became my favorite image of the week. 

California Sycamore #1

Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 18-55 f/2.8-4 R LM OIS at 55mm, f/8 at 1/125, ISO 400.

Digital Darkroom. Nothing special here. Boosts to exposure, contrast, and clarity. I took the edge off the whites and darkened the blacks. 

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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