The Gardens on Spring Creek are a set of community gardens in Fort Collins. While the focus is obviously on botanical exhibits and programs, every year they transform the grounds into the Garden of Lights, an impressive Christmas light display. This year we visited in early January. I had a lot of fun shooting photos, including a number of shots where I zoomed the lens during a long exposure. This shot, though, was simpler, just a collection of red lights made to look like a flower. It became my favorite image of the week.

Red Ball of Lights

Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 18-55 f/2.8-4 R LM OIS at 55mm, f/5 at 1/60, ISO 400.

Digital Darkroom. The main focus here was on cleaning up the image. I used Touch Retouch to clean up some small lights and reflections in the background. I lowered shadows and blacks to make sure the background was a solid inky black. Finally I cropped the image to a square to emphasize the symmetry.

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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