One day in early January, I stepped out of my office to go for a photo walk around Old Town. I walked down the outside staircase and immediately saw my photo. The warm sunlight of late afternoon lit the lamp at the bottom of the stairs while setting the brick wall beyond aglow. Even better was that the concrete of the parking lot was in cool shadows, giving some great blue-orange contrast. The clincher was the clean geometric lines dividing the background into blue, orange, and white thirds. This became my favorite image of the week.

Electric Lantern

Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 18-55 f/2.8-4 R LM OIS at 55 mm, f/7.1 at 1/200, ISO 400.

Digital Darkroom. I did my best to make the final image match my vision for the shot. Overall on the image, I decreased highlights (-21) and lowered clarity (-24) so that the ground and brick wall would be slightly blurred. I then increased the saturation and lowered the luminance of the blue channel (the sunlight had taken care of the orange for me). I then went ahead and painted adjustments to two different areas. For the lantern, I increased clarity (+40), increased highlights (+31), and increased shadows (+34) to make the fixture sparkle. For the concrete pedestal, I gave a big boost to clarity (+69) to really bring out the texture and to further offset the pale foreground from the colorful background.

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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