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Waster Dance

I shot these while I was in Las Vegas last year. These are the Bellagio Fountains that are in front of the Bellagio Hotel and Casino on the Vegas Strip. They do nightly shows, not sure about daytime as I am usually working so no idea if they do it then. They change up the theme periodically and they set it to music that is piped through speakers. I know they are scheduled and you can tell its about to begin because the crowds gather. I was lucky to get my tripod where I did.

These were all shot on my Sony A7R. I was using my Tokina 24-200 with an adapter. While it was an autofocus lens it had its fair share of issues. Happy to report after selling out a bunch of gear and using my American Express points I acquired the Sony 24-240 I have been wanting for my travel/landscape work. Looking at one more lens for wider images but that will do for the Sony kit.

When I started editing I didn’t even want these images. Was looking for a different one to edit. Then I started on these and the next thing I know I’m 13 images deep. I just kept at it as they were straight forward.┬áI went for a consistent style and format in the edits. A 16×9 crop to get the expansive feeling. Nothing overly fancy. Just a bit of dodging and burning to get the water to pop.

Enjoy.

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The Low Side of the Tracks

This one is from Las Vegas. One of the buildings is the Cosmopolitan and the others I want to say Wynn but I honestly don’t remember. I had just crossed a pedestrian bridge over Las Vegas Blvd and setup my tripod for the shots. I liked how the tracks just ran through the buildings that towered above.

The image felt better in monochrome than color. It was a nightmare getting perspective corrected because the buildings aren’t straight on purpose. If it looks skewed who the hell knows if I got it right or not. It did take two tone curves to get the tone right and more Wacom Tablet playing.

Enjoy.

The Low Side of the Tracks

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Faux Venice

The Venetian in Las Vegas is one of the nicer casino’s and hotels on the strip. The entire place is designed to be like being in Venice. If you had never been to Venice I guess you could believe it. While I haven’t personally been there I have been to Europe enough to know the difference between a chlorinated canal versus the real thing with centuries old buildings. Still, it makes for some nice images.

The little story I will share is that I had to use the mens rooms badly by the time I reached the Venetian. This had nothing to do with the 24 ounce beer I enjoyed while walking. Seeing as I had no choice I had to take my camera and tripod into the mens room. There were offers of will you take my picture or are you really taking pictures in here with a lens with a very clear lens cap on it. Only in Vegas.

Enjoy.

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Poseidon Rising

No idea if this is Poseidon or not. I just like the image so I’m going with it.

One of the problems with shooting in Las Vegas is that there is so much other stuff around your primary focus area. You have a choice to work with it and bring it into focus or take the crop tool and perform radical surgery. I went with the first option, bring it into focus.

I really liked the water cascading down from the fountain and I wanted the statue as the focus. So I used one of my favorite tools which is Macphun’s Intensify Pro. I went with HDR effect and then just brought it back into Photoshop. From there is was a layer mask to get it to where I wanted it and left the other stuff normal. Then a quick luminosity mask for a bit more of that secret sauce and I think the effect I was looking for was achieved.

Enjoy.

Poseidon-Rising

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Purple Poseidon

This is a fountain outside of Caesars Palace Las Vegas. It’s a popular selfie or couples photo spot. I may or may not have jammed why in with the tripod after waiting for what could or could not have been 800 couples posing in front of it.

I finally got a 22″ monitor here in Thailand so I can now see what I am editing! Yay for cheap hardware world wide!

Enjoy.

purple-poseidon

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Architectural Blues

This one was shot on the 12-24mm lens I picked up just before I left and never tested. Supposedly it was designed for a full frame sensor but I discovered that its not so I have huge vignetting┬áissues. I got around that with this one by the 16×9 crop but its still there to some degree. Adapt, improvise, overcome is the motto when faced with these things. Still, it means when I return to the US I will need to find a suitably wide full frame lens.

Doing these images I have changed up the workflow a bit. I have used Photoshop less for dark and light areas and Lightroom more. It works better for these images. I then use Photoshop to dodge and burn as needed then various layers and masks to create the effect I have been going for. All on a 13″ Macbook Pro screen.

Enjoy!

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The Bellagio

The name says it all. The home of the famous fountain show that attracts huge crowds. They change up the show and the music. When I was there it was set to The Ecstasy of Gold by Ennio Morricone. Most know it from the movie The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. I know it from Metallica who open every concert with this.

I took this shot after everyone cleared out after the show.

Enjoy.

Bellagio

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Night Photography Travel Photography

Streaking Down The Strip

Love light trails from long exposures. I’m a sucker for them. I pointed my camera at the strip and just waited for the right moment and took the shot. Not much more to this one than that.

Enjoy.

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And she’s buying a stairway to heaven.

Who knew a long exposure of a escalator could look cool?

This was totally a random shot that I took as I was walking down Las Vegas Blvd. It was an interesting place to setup. To my right were a group of touts who apparently were treating their various medical conditions with some sort of herbal remedy. I felt I could have been treated just by standing there. To my left were a group of touts who hand out the escort business cards trying to “keep warm” by drinking something out of a bottle. Immediately behind me were two women dressed in Las Vegas Show Girl costumes posing for pictures for small donations.

Only in Vegas.

Enjoy.

stairwaytoheaven

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Paris Via Vegas

If someone was to ask me one of the least likely places I would go Las Vegas ranks high up there. It’s not my favorite place on earth. I just get sent there for work once a year. Yes, I have an okay time but I could happily live without ever going there again.

One of the amazing things I discovered as I walked down the Las Vegas Strip is that if you have a camera on a tripod no one bothers you! As in, the touts, the beggars, the hustlers and the abysmally drunk. It was one of the most glorious things that I had happen to me. I wanted to carry it all the time!

The two times I was stopped was once by a couple of guys who were extremely well muscled who earned money by posing for pictures. They wanted a camera recommendation and the next was a limo driver who wanted to fawn over the camera. Other than that, I was left alone. I did get stopped by security once and asked to stop shooting. There was a private event and he said I wasn’t licensed for it so I needed to stop. That I understood and happily went on my way.

So enjoy this first glimpse of Las Vegas.

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