Our family went camping on July Fourth weekend. We were uncertain if we would be able to find an available camping spot, but we were successful at Tunnel campground, on Laramie River road in the Roosevelt National Forest. As Dorinna was still recovering from injuries, we took it fairly easy with short hikes. One day I hiked from camp with my camera gear and tripod, on a mission to photograph as many species of wildflowers as possible. I ran out of afternoon well before I ran out flowers. This photo of Wild Celery became my favorite image of the week.

Wild Celery (Ligusticum porteri)

Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 60mm f/2.4 R Macro, f/5 at 1/125, ISO 200.

Digital Darkroom. It took me a surprising amount of time before deciding to use the Velvia film emulation. Some of my photos looked best with it, but other flowers benefited from subtler tones. I nudged up exposure before increasing contrast even more than what Velvia gives you. I increased whites but plunged highlights (-54) to keep everything bright but not blown out. I added some texture 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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