WIRR 2021, August Week 5

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On Labor Day weekend, Nate and I joined our friends Tom and Dean and headed out for a backpacking trip in the Snowy Range. In some ways a repeat of last year’s trip, we mixed it up by traveling clockwise as we circumnavigated Browns Peak. As with last time, the frontcountry was super windy and finding a sheltered campsite was a challenge. On the hike in, I started to circle around Lost Lake, looking for a trail up the mountain shown on old USGS maps. While I never found the trail, I did find a nice viewpoint over the lake, and this became my favorite image of the week.

Lost Lake

Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 18-55 f/2.8-4 R LM OIS at 18mm, f/7.1 at 1/120, ISO 100

Digital Darkroom. I started my editing by switching to the black & white ACROS film simulation. I increased highlights, whites, and shadows, and decreased blacks. I was trying to highlight the contrast on the foreground rocks. I also increased clarity. My first mask was over the trees, increasing shadows by +39 to remove the murkiness. My second mask was over the sky, bringing out the texture by increasing texture, clarity, dehaze, and highlights, and decreasing shadows and blacks.

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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