WIRR 2019, February Week 3

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At the end of February, my old company holds a conference in town. This brings old friends from all over the globe to visit. On the weekend before the conference, I took my friends Neil Etheridge (Australia) and Tomaso Bertoli (Italy) on a snowshoeing trip up in the Rocky Mountains. I chose as our destination Lake Agnes in the Colorado State Forest. In the summer, Lake Agnes is barely a mile hike. In the winter, the dirt road to the trailhead is unplowed, so the round trip distance ends up being six miles.

The temperature was nice, but the wind made the hike cold. When we got there, we found the wind had blown most of the snow off of the lake. The wind was still in force, but we were distracted by the fabulous views above, and the fantastic patterns of cracks and bubbles in the ice below. It was a tough decision, but this shot of the wind blowing snow off the lake became my favorite image of the week.

Windy Day at Lake Agnes

Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 18-55 f/2.8-4 R LM OIS at 19mm, f/10 at 1/850, ISO 200.

Digital Darkroom. I played around with a bunch of different camera emulations before selecting one of my favorites, Fujichrome Velvia. The bright snow was playing havoc with my camera meter all day, so one of the first things I did was boost the exposure up half a stop. I increased contrast (+10), lit up the shadows (+42), and tapped up the clarity (+7) to finish the image.

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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