Dorinna was away this weekend, so Nate and I met my friend Kevin down in Denver for a weekend backpacking trip. We hiked to Gibson Lake, in the mountains west of Mt. Evans. There were plenty of day hikers, but once they cleared out we had the entire alpine basin to ourselves. It was a great spot, and we ended up camping above tree line at 11,880’. After camp was set up, Nate ran around the tents, probably happy to no longer be hiking. I didn’t have time to grab my big camera for this spontaneous burst, but fired off this photo with my iPhone at just the right time. While I took more artistic photos over the weekend, none of them warms my heart more than this image of my son running with joy across the tundra. This became my favorite photo of the week.

The Joy of Camping

iPhoneX.

Digital Darkroom. The main thing that needed fixing with this photo was the slightly-blown out sky. I managed that by dropping highlights by -47 (boosting up shadows +8 to compensate). I nudged up contrast just a bit, but with the low-angle light I actually had to reduce clarity to stop the image from looking too crispy.

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.