WIRR 2020, November Week 1

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Another loss from COVID-19 is my co-working office in Old Town Fort Collins. I used to go for photo walks after lunch on an almost-daily basis, so when I found myself doing errands there, I took some time to wander. There are a number of new sculptures in Old Town Square, including this one, The Guide, by Zeke Derderian. I loved this Bison, created by spare scraps of metal, and this became my favorite image of the week.

The Guide

iPhone 12 Pro

Digital Darkroom. Before I get to the post-processing, it’s worth noting that this is the first WIRR created with my iPhone 12 Pro. After shooting the image is where things got wacky. I used Snapseed to tune the image- increasing contrast, saturation, ambience, and warmth. I then used the HDR Scape tool to wow up the colors, and glamour glow to give it, well, glow. Then I started the painstaking process of converting the background into black and white (this feels like I should make a “use every part of the buffalo” joke here). I started this in Snapseed, but the app kept crashing, so I finished it in Lightroom. Since I might have missed abusing a pixel or two, I finished it off by increasing exposure, clarity, dehaze, and saturation.

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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