Las Vegas HDR, Macro and Fine Art Phoography


Lou Ruvo Brain Center by Frank Ghery

This is the Lou Ruvo Brain Center in Las Vegas NV.

Perhaps the building with the most famous architech in all of Vegas, with Frank Ghery as the designer.

An eyesore? Modern Art? You decide.

Two different versions, an over the top HDR and a more conservative realistic version.




Iconic Vegas – The Riveria Hotel and Casino

The Riveria in Las Vegas.

A three photo HDR that was upped to a five image set for extra range, this photo was taken on May 16th, the last day that the 59 year old Sahara was open.

The Riviera is one of the oldest on Las Vegas Blvd, and some say it will be one of the soonest to close as it has been in and out of bankruptcy for years.

A Trip to the Forum (Part 2)

One more shot from my trip into Caesars Palace a few weeks back. I went from the bottom level to the third level, taking this from the third level of the shops.

The fountains are beautiful and this shot definately showcases the reason why so many make the trip to Caesars Palace while on vacation.

This particular section of the shops was completed about five years ago, it is the newer expansion and creates a great central point, perfect for a meeting place.

A Trip to The Forum (Part 1)

The Forum Shoppes at Caesars Palace.

Perhaps known as a high end shopping center in both Las Vegas and Atlantic City, it is actually a very interesting place to watch light stream through windows onto over the top opulent artwork and archetecture.

Sure, you know that looking at this incredible scene that all of it was built a mere five or six years ago however I defy you to find better replica work anywhere on earth, of any one time period.

Two files are represented here, a tone mapped HDR file and a fused version to show a quasi-unreal view and more realistic version of the scene.

Harley Davidson at Trader Bills – Fremont Street Las Vegas

There is a lot of history downtown, and one of the oldest gift shops in Las Vegas is part of that history.

The Trader Bills gift shop dates back until the 1940’s and has undergone different changes, going from a wooden building to red brick facade, and bringing in the Harley Davidson brand in the past decade to help boost traffic.

This shot was take in March of 2011.

The Four Queens – Just Golden

In downtown Las Vegas there are many different “dive” hotel and casinos to choose from,  but a few stand out.

One of these nicer hotels is the Four Queens Hotel and Casino, and there is gold everywhere the eye can see. The valet is one such location where you can find an insane ammount of gold colored chrome, and this photo is an example of an over the top session in HDR based around that gold.

The Luxor has the Light

The Luxor Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas Nevada.

If you never get to see the actual pyramids in Egypt, the Luxor in Las Vegas is a scale 1:1 replica of the largest of the Egyptian Pyramids.

This photo taken and processed from three different exposures, a whole lot of patience and a lot of frustration over dust on my image sensor, however the end result turned out okay.

From the Top of PH

I mentioned before my issues with trying to take photos from the top of the Planet Hollywood Resort Casino garage.

Fortunately for me, I was able to take many shots during the daytime a few days before I was asked to leave for no reason. The following panorama turned out okay, and has a nice color balance.

It was also a study in how to tame dark clouds that the HDR process often time tends to bestow on photos. The original file is quite large, and you may feel free to download it and use it for free under creative commons, but please simply give me credit and link back to this blog…

Where Paris Meets Bellagio

It is a funny thing.

No matter how many times I walk past the Bellagio hotel in Las Vegas, I never cease to stop and look and just wonder how much thought, effort and manpower was put into constructing a man made lake which literally increases the relative humidity in the area when the show is running.

If you take a walk up and around the fountain you find a scene similar to the one here. When the fountains start, the Paris Hotel across the street appears to blend and merge with the Bellagio and they seem to be as one for a brief few moments.

This work here is one of my first that started out realistic and quickly slid towards the surreal. The colors were achieved by changing and tone mapping the image over and over again, and after several tries the result was one that I thought I would post.