I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky, And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by… (John Masefield)

On my last night at a conference in San Diego, my friend Chris and I went for a walk along the waterfront. He wanted the exercise, but my feet throbbed in agony from a week on the expo floor. This made it hard to think about making photos, but it all became easier once we walked past two very different ships- the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Midway and the old sailing ship the Star of India. It didn’t hurt that we managed to time this portion of the walk with the sunset. I pulled out my phone and shot a number of images, including this one, my favorite image of the week.

Star of India

iPhone X.

Digital Darkroom. I started with my usual small adjustments (exposure, contrast, etc.). I then went with some experimentation with color. I started my warming up the image, then further increased the saturation of the red, aqua, and blue channels. This brightened the blue too much, so I lowered the luminance of aqua and blue. It wasn’t this simple of course, and involved a lot of playing and experimentation. I then applied the same color palette to a series of others pictures taken the same night, so the work paid off.

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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