At the top of the Sundance chairlift at Snowy Range Ski Area, there is a grove of aspen trees. They are gracefully bent over, white bark standing out against the commonly grey skies. They are especially lovely during a snowfall, and as we rode the lift the snow was just starting. I didn’t dare to take a picture on the lift, as these trees are 10 feet from the end. On this particular day, we skied underneath the lift, giving me an opportunity to click the shutter. This became my favorite image of the week.


iPhone X, telephoto lens.

Digital Darkroom. On this image I increased the exposure and contrast, reduced the whites and the blacks, and added clarity. After converting to black & white, I adjusted the color channels. Then I went through and painted the major tree branches with a brush, increasing the exposure of the aspen bark. Finally, I brought the image into Touch Retouch to remove some distracting snow flakes.

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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