I’ve mentioned before that Fort Collins spends a great deal of time and money making the city look good. Painted transformers, sculptures in Old Town Square, holiday lights, and constantly-refreshed flower pots are just some of the things that the city does to make this happen. Another ongoing initiative is to beatify the alleys in Old Town. The latest alley to get this treatment is the eastern half of Old Firehouse Alley. In addition to new paving, flower pots, and adding trash enclosures, the city commissioned a mural by Italian artist Peeta. This is a colorful mural on the side of a building, enhanced at night by a giant projector. I walk past this mural as I go between my parking garage and my office.
My first inclination, as always, was to boost the colors into the stratosphere. I tried that, but then went in a different direction and converted to black and white. I liked this look much better- it helps draw the focus to the texture and shapes on the wall. It became my favorite image of the week.
Mural by Peeta
Digital Darkroom. After the black and white conversion, I increased the contrast, then enhanced whites and blacks. The dehaze slider provided additional contrast. Once I realized that I shot the mural at an angle and the brick lines were not parallel with each other, I finished processing using the upright perspective tool.
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.