While the previous day held smoke-filled skies, they dawned clear on Monday. The full story of today’s hike will be recounted elsewhere, but the short version is that it was an epic 16-mile climb of Mount Washakie. Towards the end of the day, we descended to the South Fork of the Little Wind River. Clouds had rolled in, which we welcomed for the shade on our final climb of the trek. Looking back, the pillar of Buffalo Head dominated the landscape. “Sometimes when I take a photo, I just know it’s going to be the best of the week,” I said to Jon. “Yep,” he replied. Taken in the softly-filtered afternoon light, this was my favorite image of the week.

Buffalo Head and the Little Wind River

Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 18-55 f/2.8-4 R LM OIS at 18mm, f/8 at 1/140, ISO 200

Digital Darkroom. I started with Fujifilm Velvia as the emulation, trying to get that classic landscape look that I grew up with. I made the usual kinds of global adjustments- tweaks to exposure, contrast, highlights, shadows, etc. I then used three different brushes:

  • Mountain- increased texture and dehaze
  • Sky- decreased highlights and added dehaze
  • Foreground rocks- lowered highlights (their brightness was distracting)

I finished the image with some sharpening.

Why so long between WIRR posts? I’ve got a large backlog of images to sort and edit in my digital darkroom. Sometimes in the past I would skip ahead and leave gaps, going back to the larger trips later on. For whatever reason, I’ve gone back to processing them in order. Expect another long delay before I post images from our trip to Washington state, but after that the floodgates should open.

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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