This was apparently someone’s “Kodak Moment” when her companions were studying the vending machine. The scene was in the dark cavernous space that is the Studio Walk at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas and is about as exciting as shopping at the MGM Grand gets. This is the kind of human tableau that attracts my eye, a candid glimpse of some people interacting with each other and their environment. I like how the blown out lighting of the inside of the vending machine helps define the human figures in front of it, especially how you can see some of the light reflected off of the fellow on the left.
With the high ISO the original HDR image had a lot of grainy noise in the blacks, I was able to minimize that with a combination of using a Control Point with Nik Viveza to darken the three individual figures in the center, combined with tweaking the Lightroom noise filter settings. The overall processing also softened all of the edges.
Some Housekeeping Notes: You will find some new tabs at the top of this page. One of them links to the new Wayne Frost Photography Facebook site that I launched this week, if you are a Facebooker I’d love to have you stop bye. You will find a link to my portfolio there, and you can also share your own images on the page or start or join a discussion. I have also reconfigured the waynefrost.com web site which is hosted by SmugMug and you can always go there for direct access to my portfolio.
At least it felt like trudging off to infinity to Judy as she had to walk the entire length of the hallway to get to our hotel room at the end of the north wing of the MGM Grand Tower in Las Vegas, Nevada. Did I mention that this is the second largest hotel in the world with 6,852 rooms?
This is the registration lobby of the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, two days before Christmas. “Leo The Lion” normally presides without the holiday glitz. I had a tough time dealing with all the noise in the blacks, and was not able to eliminate it completely during post processing, but I liked the combination of color tones, and the overall tableau of the scene, so decided to share it. Like most everything recently this was hand held. If I had it to do over, I would use a tripod and set the ISO much lower, but then I don’t think the humans would cooperate and remain still long enough.
For all I know, it was the wettest week on record in Las Vegas this week. We had intentions of capturing some images on a visit to the Valley of Fire state park and the Nevada State Railroad Museum, but due to the weather, we were captive in the casino. The MGM West Tower is in the left foreground, the Mansion at the MGM Grand in the middle right foreground, Excaliber in the left background, New York New York in the middle background, the Monte Carlo in the right background; the south end of City Center on the right edge of the background. Las Vegas Boulevard, the “Strip” delineates the foreground from the background. The shot was taken on the 25th floor of the north end of the MGM Grand Tower.
I had a Hell of a time with reflections off the window, what appears to be streaking in the left foreground is actually a reflection of the window curtains, despite having all of the lights turned off in the room, the ambient light from outside the hotel bounced off the curtains and reflected back in the glass. I really would have liked to have a polarizing filter with me for this shot, but I do have it on good authority that a polarizer will show up in my stocking tomorrow morning. I diminished some of the reflection damage by using the Lightroom cloning tool on the sky.
I took some other shots of the skyline, both in daylight and at night, and some other interiors in the hotel, but I am not very happy with any of them. Besides being disappointed with my images, we were disappointed by the cost of everything, including all meals in the hotel, the unfathomable add on charges to the basic room rate, the extremely tight slot machines (not a factor to me, I did not gamble) and the irony of being booked in to a vaunted spa suite and finding we had no water pressure the first morning, and apparently the maids service the rooms on some undefined schedule, known only to them, and not in response to your specific phone request for service.
This is not the same Las Vegas my parents would bring me to in the 1950′s, way overpriced and over crowded. I think we are done with Vegas.