The city of Fort Collins has an Art in Public Places program that allows artists to paint the electrical transformer cabinets around town. Hard-to-find overcast days are the perfect times to photograph them. I think these transformers bring splashes of brightness and color to alleys and other areas that are usually dirty and dingy. My ongoing photo project about these transformers tries to emphasize just that. Overflowing garbage dumpsters in the background just make the contrast easier to see! This transformer, painted by Terry McNerney, became my favorite image of the week.

Color Transforms City — Chestnut Street

Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 18-55 f/2.8-4 R LM OIS at 32mm, f/8 at 1/125, ISO 200.

Digital Darkroom. Describing how I make these images is probably worth a blog post someday. Most of the work is done with Snapseed. I start by enhancing the color, contrast, and structure. On top of that I layer a dingy black and white layer. I then paint away the black and white over the transformer, revealing the colors underneath. For this particular image, I finished with a vignette and then added a white border using PhotoToaster.

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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