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Tourist Attraction

Nikon D80 18-135mm @ 38mm 1/8 f/8 (-2.0 0.0 +2.0) Lr3 HDR Efex Pro

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.

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The Hallway To Infinity

Nikon D80 18-135mm @ 18mm ISO 1250 1/8 f/11 (-2.0 0.0 +2.0) Lr3 HDR Efex Pro

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?


Casino Christmas Memories

Nikon D80 18-135mm @ 18mm ISO 1250 1/45 f/9.5 (-2.0 0.0 +2.0) Lr3 HDR Efex Pro

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.