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Today we have an architectural image created on my last visit to the always beautiful and fully photographic Las Vegas. 

Wynn Exclusives

In the architecturally beautiful town of Las Vegas there are a large number of eye-catching hotels and resorts to photograph. The upscale Wynn Exclusives, which include the Wynn Las Vegas and the Encore, are among the five star luxury elite. The image below was taken from a monorail platform, which is a good distance away from the actual buildings, but they really stand out nicely, even in a mid-day sun with a featureless sky.

Photo of the Wynn Exclusives resort
Photo of the Wynn Exclusives resort

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I recall this day being one of those roasters where the temperatures were in the 105 degree (F) range. There was a slight haze in the sky which I cleared somewhat with an adjustment layer in Photoshop CS6. Typical of Vegas, there were no clouds to help the scene. I spent an entire week there and only caught a lovely sky on one morning, which you can see here at the Aria.

The image was also given a very generous crop, getting rid of the substantial ridge and trees that dominated the foreground, leaving only the very tree tops as a sort of hedge. The result leaves us with a bit of a panoramic feel.

Continuing my added focus on black and white image creation, we have a conversion below.

A black and white photograph of the Wynn Exclusives resort.
A black and white photograph of the Wynn Exclusives resort.

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In this B&W conversion I simply added an adjustment layer in Photoshop, clicked on the built-in B&W conversion tool, then added a little dodging and burning.

If you would like to see a closer view of the Wynn, my fellow photography pal Jim Denham has a nicely created image here.

Thanks so much for clicking by!

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Caesars Palace

Caesars Palace - Las Vegas
Caesars Palace - Las Vegas

The Las Vegas strip is loaded with beautiful buildings and an array of architectural styles. One of the challenges is finding a vantage point where you can carve out a particular building of interest and avoid the typical crowded images often seen of towns like this. In the shot below, I was able to frame Caesars Palace in a way that separated it from most of the surrounding structures and eliminated the typical ground clutter.

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Shot info: Nikon D5000 with 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 lens set at 38mm, f/5, ISO 200.

Many of the intersections in Las Vegas have these conveniently placed pedestrian bridges, allowing one to avoid the heavy vehicle traffic of the streets but also providing quick access to many of the hotels and casinos which are connected on either end. In this case we have Caesars Palace on one end and Ballys on the other.

Taken during the late morning, I almost passed up this shot because of the harsh lighting. I seldom shoot during this time of day unless my subject is in the shade. An hour or so earlier and this would have been a much softer scene.

Thanks for visiting!

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