It was late on a Saturday night and Dorinna was out of town. I was drinking an adult beverage while editing photos in Lightroom. I turned my head to the side, and noticed two work notebooks perched on the side of the desk. I had only a small light on in the room to make it easier to see the colors on the screen, and my body cast a shadow against the wall. I reached over to my glass globe paperweight and placed it on top of the notebooks, and a still life was born. I tried numerous angles and small composition adjustments, and this one became my favorite image of the week.

Still Life with Globe

Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 60mm f/2.4 R Macro, f/4.0 at 1/40, ISO 6400.

Digital Darkroom. The image was pretty monochromatic to begin with (the notebooks had grey covers), so there wasn’t any reason not to switch this to black-and-white outright. I shot the photo at -1 EV to try to get a more reasonable handheld shutter speed. I ended up boosting the exposure by 2 whole stops. I used a brush across the notebook pages, increasing contrast and clarity to bring out additional detail in the paper. I ended by adding a radial filter across the globe, boosting exposure another stop and increasing contrast and clarity as well.

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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