We spent the holiday weekend at a campground on the Laramie River Road north of Cameron Pass. Camping with another family, my friend Nadine and I broke away from the group on Saturday to do a longer, faster-paced hike. We hiked up a trail which I knew had some interesting sights in the first few miles. As we climbed up, we encountered a side trail that went off into the woods. Flagged with surveying tape, I wasn’t sure where this path led. While I’ve been here multiple times, it’s always been when carrying a heavy backpack that dissuaded side trips. The trail was nice at first, but deteriorated when it reached a small cascade. We almost went back, but the flagging was still in place, so we continued up a little bit longer. I was shocked when the trail ended next to a spectacular waterfall that I never knew existed. The tripod and filters came out, and I created my favorite image of the week.

Rawah Falls

Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 18-55 f/2.8-4 R LM OIS at 18mm, f/9 at 5.3 seconds, ISO 200

Digital Darkroom. The biggest contributor to this photo was the tripod, the 6-stop neutral density filter, and the polarizer. After that, I used the Velvia film emulation, and increased contrast (+17) and texture (+9). The rocks and sky on the other side of the waterfall were brighter than I liked, so I painted over them with a brush and reduced highlights by -100. I ended processing by using the Touch ReTouch app to remove a dead tree branch that extended into the foreground.

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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