WIRR 2022, February Week 2

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After lunch, I will often go for a walk around Old Town with my camera. This week saw me exploring Seckner Alley, one of the more recently renovated alleys in downtown. This alley is hard to capture photographically. If you don’t want a washed out overcast sky, then you have sunshine and shadows to contend with. This time I tried a high-dynamic range photo composited from three original shots, and this became my favorite image of the week.

Seckner Alley

Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 18-55 f/2.8-4 R LM OIS at 18mm, f/4 at 1/2000, 1/500, and 1/8000, ISO 800

Digital Darkroom. The original three exposures were combined in Photomatix Pro, where I made no attempt at realism in the settings. Back in Lightroom, I used the Auto Transform tool to try to straighten out some of the curves introduced by my wide-angle lens. I lowered highlights, shadows, and saturation, and nudged up clarity. I took a brush to the planters in the lower left and lowered exposure and highlights- I felt they were drawing my eye too much at their original brightness levels.

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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