It was November 2021 and, in sight of my office door, the collaborative artists Lindz and Lamb were painting a mural on the side of the Old Firehouse. They started painting sections of the wall white, and then started adding color. As the fading light of the evening struck the wall, I noticed that the painted areas seemed to be almost exclusively in the shade. I took out my camera and this became my favorite image of the week.
Adding Color to Old Town
iPhone 13 Pro
I have more images of this mural coming both here and on Instagram. The artists have additional photos on their website.
Digital Darkroom. The colors in the shadows compared to the monochromatic sunlit sections gave me my vision for the photo, and guidance for the adjustments I needed to make. Global adjustments were to increase the shadows (+60!), add some texture, and really crank the saturation (+100).
I then created a mask covering everything except the portions of the wall in the shadows, and reduced saturation back to zero. Finally I selected the sky and partially restored the saturation, just giving it a little tinge of blue.
For comparison, here is the unprocessed image, straight from the camera:
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.