On one of my after lunch walks around town I came across this sculpture in Old Town Square. Armed with my telephoto lens, I took a portrait and this became my favorite image of the week.

Sculpture with Hat

Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 55-200 F/3.5-4.8 R LM OIS at 200 mm, f/4.8 at 1/1000, ISO 800

I’m usually pretty good about photographing the nameplate on public sculptures, but I neglected to do that this time. If anyone knows the sculptor, please let me know and I will update this post to credit the artist.

Digital Darkroom. I went in a slightly different direction on this one, choosing the “Artistic 04” profile in Lightroom; I don’t typically use profiles other than film emulations. Although gifted with low depth-of-field from the telephoto, I went further and dropped the clarity by -40. I lowered highlights and blacks, but kept whites up (+47) to make sure the photo remained vibrant. Increasing saturation by 13 helped here as well.

I used a brush on the sculpture, increasing exposure by a little bit, and raising shadows (+13) to remove any muddiness. And of course I also boosted clarity by the same amount as I had lowered it globally. I wanted the background soft but the sculpture sharp.

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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