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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 do you take your photos?
Most of what you see on this site was taken in one of two places, (in some cases a third) either Las Vegas, Nevada or in the Southern Philippines, specifically Mindinao.
Since I live in Las Vegas and work right on Las Vegas Boulevard (aka “The Strip”) getting shots of one of the most photographed places in America is exceedingly easy.
What is not easy however is getting photos which are different enough to stand out.
The problem with a place like Las Vegas or Times Square in New York City is that people have been there, done that and taken the photos. Chances are that if you yourself haven’t bothered to take a picture of it, your friends or family posted up vacation photos on FaceBook. Family vacation? Thanks.
Click like button, glance over photos, move on.
So the challenge is originality.
My drive is to bring people closer to the photos and bring them to a point where they want to look closer.
To be able to bring out an “aha” moment in the viewer that stands to bridge the gap between average snapshot and digital art.
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.