WIRR 2019, April Week 4

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Nate and I were at home together. After some yard work, I wanted to have some fun together, and I suggested a bike ride. Fort Collins recently opened up some new segments of bike trail. The most important of these was a short stretch between Shields Ave. and College Ave. I’ve been waiting for this particular section to open for almost twenty years; it would have been very useful using it to commute to my old job.

We started the ride by looping south and traversing across the Cathy Fromme Natural Area, always very green this time of year. Reaching Shields, we swung south, then turned east on the new trail. I had expected a utilitarian segment filling in the missing gap of the route, and was surprised at how interesting it was. The route starts off along a set of horse farms, before reaching a small pond. The clouds were moody and textured overhead, and I stopped to take a photo.

The rest of the ride was fun. We managed 12 miles, helped in no small part due to frequent mentions of the Dairy Queen at mile 9. The highlight of the trip was this pond, and it became my favorite image of the week.

Pond on Fossil Creek

iPhone X🅂

Digital Darkroom. The clouds were the focus of my processing, and I did my best to bring out additional texture. I increased contrast (+12) and decreased highlights (-25) to reduce the overly bright spots. I finished with tweaking shadows up, leaning heavily on Texture (+38) and nudging up Dehaze as well (+8)

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.