I have a number of long-term photo projects that I’m working on— collections of images on specific subjects that I come back to time and time again. Some of these projects will probably go nowhere, but others might eventually coalesce into something more tangible- a photo book or a collection of prints on a wall in our house. One of these projects is ceiling lamps. Originally inspired by Cole Thompson, the project is similar to Cole’s only in the subject matter. One of the things I like about this series is that I can find images in the strangest of places (like this shot and this shot, both taken in restaurants). The latest image in the series came while watching Toad the Wet Sprocket play a concert at at Washington’s, a club in Fort Collins. It became my favorite image of the week.

Ceiling Light, Washington’s

iPhone X (wide-angle lens).

Digital Darkroom. I lowered the exposure as I took the photo, but there was still cleanup to do. I used a brush with lowered exposure to paint out distracting elements around the light (smaller lights, reflections on the ceiling, and so forth). For the main light itself, I used a variety of settings to make the fixture really pop. Contrast was boosted to +100 (!!!), but the other settings were slightly more subtle (highlights +15, shadows -22, whites +28, clarity +40, dehaze +21, saturation +30).

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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