I love trees. I love live trees, my love of dead trees has become a meme, and I love them in winter when they form lovely fractal patterns against pure-blue skies. A walk this week brought me to a beautiful specimen in the park. As this was April, the breeze was blowing, so I went with it, slowing down my camera to get as much wind-generated blur as I could. This became my favorite image of the week.

Branches in the Wind

Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 18-55 f/2.8-4 R LM OIS at 83 mm, f/22 at 1/25, ISO 100

Digital Darkroom. I started processing with the Classic Chrome emulation. I wanted softer colors for this image rather than my usual Velvia pop. Going for a more high-key image, I increased exposure by almost a stop, as well as shadows and whites. I increased contrast and decreased blacks- I wanted to keep the trunks black. I then lowered clarity by -12 to increase the fuzziness. Finally, my choice at f/22 led to dozens of dust spots visible on the photo- I finished by cleaning those up.

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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