This week saw us on a walk along the Poudre River Trail. Rather than stick to the familiar Fort Collins sections, we drove over to the nearby town of Windsor. The Poudre River, much more vibrant in the summer, turns into a sleepy rill in the winter time. The lushness of summer trees and shrubs turns into a skeletal maze of branches and sticks. I took a picture of the chaotic mesh alongside the placid stream, and this became my favorite image of the week.

Poudre River, January

Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 55-200 F/3.5-4.8 R LM OIS at 55 mm, f/5.6 at 1/350, ISO 200

Digital Darkroom. After converting this image to black and white, I increased contrast (+23), texture (+6), and clarity (+26). I wanted emphasis on the mesh of branches. I brushed the shadows, raising them by +69 to eliminate their murkiness. I finished by adding a slight vignette.

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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