For July Fourth weekend, we joined some friends in a camping trip to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. The weather was unusually hot, well into the 90s, with thunderstorms at night. We spent much of the morning hiking and spending time in the visitor center. For the afternoon, my friend Kelly and I drove down the park road, checking out the various overlooks. The light conditions were tough, but at this particular stop the gathering storm clouds helped improve the light. This photo became my favorite image of the week.

Black Canyon of the Gunnison

Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 18-55 f/2.8-4 R LM OIS at 18mm, f/8 at 1/210, ISO 200.

Digital Darkroom. My love affair with Fujichrome Velvia is well documented, but for that film specializes in pumping up the colors, and this scene didn’t have a lot of colors to pump. Instead, I went with the Classic Chrome emulation, Fujifilm’s take on Kodachrome. This film is known for muted colors and low contrast. Naturally, the first thing I did was increase the contrast. I then dropped a graduated filter on the canyon itself. For this area, I gave exposure a small nudge and really pushed the clarity. This helped bring out the amazing texture in the gneiss walls of the canyon.

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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