This was a good week for photography. I took a number of post-lunchtime walks through town, and had assembled a collection of decent photos. And over the weekend, I got one more. Nate and I were riding up the Sundance chair at Snowy Range Ski Area. The first section of the lift goes over a fairly gnarly expert trail named Geronimo. The trail is narrow, with often questionable snow and a fall line that isn’t quite right. And as I looked down at it, I was drawn to the shadows of the lodgepole poles on the side of the trail. Deep, long, and concentric, they invited an image to be sure. I’m always very nervous about fumbling with my phone on chairlifts; I’m afraid I’ll drop my phone, a glove, a ski pole, or maybe all three. So I rode the lift and skied down to make my favorite image of the week.
Digital Darkroom. From the moment I shot this, I knew it was going to be in black & white, so I started with that conversion. Afterwards, my goal was to deepen the shadows of the trees, but not the tree trunks. I fiddled around with the various sliders, and ended up with Shadows +15, Whites +25, and Blacks -37. I also increased contrast.
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.