Huh? August 2018? You might remember, that last summer I had hundreds of photos from our vacation that I had not sorted and developed. Rather than get further behind, I skipped those two weeks. Now it’s time to fill in the final open slot and take care of August Week 2. We’ll continue with March 2019 in the next post…

The Alpine Loop was the most beautiful, and most stressful, drive I’ve ever done, and the ascent to Engineer Pass was the best/worst part. We had hoped to hike later in the day, but the storm clouds swirled around the peaks as it drizzled on and off. We still had to stop to catch our breaths and enjoy the scenery. Dorinna left the road to take a short walk, and my shutter clicked just as she raised up her arms to catch her balance. While I shot a lot of photos that day, this one became my favorite image of the week.

Darley Mountain, from Engineer Pass

Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 18-55 f/2.8-4 R LM OIS at 18mm, f/5.6 at 1/750, ISO 200.

Digital Darkroom. I started by pumping up the colors with a Fujifilm Velvia emulation. I boosted exposure, contrast and clarity, and lowered blacks a bit to get some deeper shadows. The most significant edits were two brushes. First, I brushed on the tan gravel in the foreground, lowering exposure by half a stop; without this I found the brightness to distracting. Second, I brushed on the clouds, boosting dehaze to emphasize the swirling storm.

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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