It was the first full week of 2020, and we set out for our first hike of the year. We stayed local, visiting Devil’s Backbone Open Space in nearby Loveland, CO. I had taken advantage of some holiday slides to buy a new lens for a trip I had hoped to take this summer, so at the first opportunity I took it out to shoot through the Window. I decided to play around by adding a blue-yellow polarizer to the lens and this became my favorite image of the week.

Looking Through the Devil’s Backbone

Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 10-24 f/4 R OIS at 17mm, f/6.4 at 1/60, ISO 250, blue-yellow polarizer.

Digital Darkroom. The bright oranges came from the blue-yellow polarizer, not anything I did in post-production. What I did do was boost exposure (+0.5) and contrast (+13). I increased shadows (+31) and decreased highlights (-71) to bring out the detail in the rocks.

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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