WIRR 2020, February Week 1

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Our friend Kevins came to visit in early February. We had grander plans but bitter cold in the mountains sapped our enthusiasm. We ended up having a casual morning and headed out to Lory State Park in the afternoon. Dorinna and Nate stayed in the valley on cross-country skis, while Kevins and I made a loop on snowshoes. The blowing snow and soft changing light made for better shooting conditions than I would have imagined, and this became my favorite image of the week.

Winter Storm, Lory State Park

Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 18-55 f/2.8-4 R LM OIS at 20 mm, f/8 at 1/280, ISO 200

Digital Darkroom. The conversion to black and white was not as obvious as you might think. The soft blue of Horsetooth Reservoir was hard to give up. But give it up I did, using the Fujifilm ACROS simulation. I increased exposure by over a stop and bumped up contrast as well. I ended with creating a graduated filter over the sky portions of the image, adding clarity and dehaze to bring out cloud detail.

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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