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Through the Mesa Arch

I love how the arches I photographed lit up with this deep crimson red when the sun hits and the light bounces around and reflects this incredible color on their underbellies.

This is another view of the famous Mesa Arch a few minutes after sunrise. To keep the detail in the shadows and highlights I shot this as a 5 frame HDR, blended them in Photomatix and then finished the image in photoshop with my favorite NIK filters (a little tonal contrast, and brilliance/warmth… I’ve noticed the HDR process leaves the rocks a bit duller than I remember).

Amazing spot to see and witness.


George Washington Bridge at Sunrise

Unlike the Brooklyn Bridge which I have a love/love relationship with… the GWB and I have a love/severe hate sort of thing going on. I commute across it quit a bit… have sat for hours in traffic on its span, experienced it closed for icing and high wind conditions~ it can be a living hell when there is an accident.

And yet there is something majestic about this bridge. It offers great views of Manhattan as you drive across it (eyes on the road!) and it just seems to be a “workhorse” bridge.

This shot was taken in the morning, cloud cover made it seem ominous and foreboding, almost like the opening credits of a horror flick where the Director is setting the stage for bad things to happen.

This is a five frame HDR, blended using Photomatix and then worked on a little bit in Photoshop- used Nik’s Define to soften the noise in the clouds. That’s about it.


Luxor Light

Tough to miss the Luxor’s light at night. Rumor has it, pilots can see it from 200 plus miles away and the internet is full of speculation that astronauts can read a newspaper by it (hmmm, at 17,000 mph, I guess you gotta turn pages pretty quickly :-). The Luxor website says its the most powerful beam of light in the world, gets generated by 39 monsterous Xenon lamps and generates 42.2 BILLION candlepower. Not exactly sure what that means, other than that’s a lot of candles and obviously standing anywhere along the strip, if you look up you have to agree, it’s a lot of freakin light.

This image was an HDR composited from 5 bracketed shots taken at the base of hotel, merged using Photomatix Pro.


Luxor Light

Las Vegas at Night

Finally the guilt of not shooting while in Vegas got the better of me. Last night dragged my friend Dan around the strip as a scout and trusty assistant to help me find the best location for some shots and HDR work. And I think the place delivered.

I had seen a shot of New York New York done by Trey Radcliff of Stuck In Customs fame and wanted to see if I could render something similar. Set up the new Gitzo 3541 (first time I used it….) across the street at Excalibur and aimed the razor sharp 24-70mm lens at the casino/hotel. Bracketed 5 frames at 1 EV interval brought it into Photomatix and let it churn. Was really happy with the result. Some minor tweaks performed in Photoshop to lower the noise inherent in the DHR process and also amped the colors a little bit. We had really great clouds this week as its Monsoon Season here in Vegas, so they played into some of the images- I do love the way the lights reflect off the low laying clouds and create that ‘sky glow’… although the astronomer in me absolutely winces at the thought of such unchecked light pollution.

Enjoy! More shots to come…The Encore, The Luxor and Excalibur…

 New York New York