It was Memorial Day weekend, and time to hit the trail. With horrible weather forecast for the end of the weekend, we stuck with just an overnight trip, heading up to Sheep Mountain in southern Wyoming. The hike was a lot of fun, and more scenic than it appeared from the road. As we climbed up the mountainside, clouds covered the Centennial valley, with the snow-capped peaks of the Snowy Range behind it. This became my favorite image of the week.

Clouds over Centennial Valley

Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 18-55 f/2.8-4 R LM OIS at 27 mm, f/9 at 1/125, ISO 200

Digital Darkroom. Starting with the Fujifilm Velvia emulation, I performed the usual sort of landscape edits. I increased contrast, shadows, and clarity, while lowering highlights and blacks.

I did my best to bring out the drama in the skies, lowering exposure, highlights, shadows, and blacks, while increasing contrast, clarity, and dehaze. One stubborn patch of cloud remained too bright, so I used a brush to lower highlights and whites some more to remove the burned out highlights.

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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