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Vegas Baby! Valley of Fire & Grand Canyon
Lens: DA-12-24 Camera: K-5 Photo Location: Las Vegas ISO: 100 Shutter Speed: 1/1000s Aperture: F4 
Posted By: FrancisK7, 03-04-2014, 10:49 PM

Just came back from an amazing trip to Vegas.

Here are my 25ish best shots of the trip.

All shot with K5 and 12-24. Wonderful, wonderful lens and camera for this sort of work. I was happy to leave the D800 at home.

Valley of Fire

What a place! Wow! Taking great photographs requires no effort whatsoever, the area speaks for itself. We rented a convertible Mustang for the day and drove ourselves. This was the highlight of the entire trip for me. Beats the Grand Canyon.

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10. My better half wanted a new killer Facebook cover picture. I think I delivered.

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Hotels

1. New York New York


2. Mandalay Bay and Luxor


3. Bellagio



Grand Canyon

We took the helicopter tour since I didn't want to take a 10 hours bus tour there nor did I want to drive myself.

Shooting through the window proved difficult. We went on the 7:00AM tour thinking I'd have decent light, but the sun was already pretty high by the time we were in the air at around 8:00AM. Plus, we had no clouds, so the sun shined through the windows and made reflections difficult to deal with.

I am still satisfied with the result, but an open canopy ride would have been much more awesome

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24. I take one selfie every two years, tops. The occasion seemed to call for it.

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27. This photo would be perfect (in my eyes and taste, obviously) if it weren't for that big ugly arm reflection I can't get rid of. I'm not good enough with the cloning tool to fix this.


Thanks for looking

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03-04-2014, 10:57 PM   #2
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#25 is the pick for me as the set is good TFS

cheers
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I had killer steaks at Outback twice while I was in Vegas. I discovered this chain there as we don`t have it in Canada.

You blokes know how to cook meat!

Thanks for looking mate
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Well, I will leave you to the Outback for your steaks but I did enjoy the Valley of the Gods. Astounding colors.

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Thanks so much Susan. Coming from you this is high praise. I've been lurking here long enough to appreciate your work
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Awesome! I've been to Vegas a few times for work, but never saw much fun in gambling or shows, I loved Valley of Fire and Red Rock though. You did a great job capturing them!
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I think the contrast is a bit too much on these, but the compositions are powerful and remind me of good times there.
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QuoteOriginally posted by bdery Quote
I think the contrast is a bit too much on these, but the compositions are powerful and remind me of good times there.
I do like my photos to be constrasty and vibrant. I'm pretty comfortable with my PP at this stage, I suppose it comes down to personal taste at this point

Merci pour ton commentaire

PS. Does your monitor sport an IPS panel and is it calibrated? My workstation is, but not my laptop, and they do look over-constrasty on my laptop.

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Nice set.
The first 16 I think were a little over saturated -- for my taste. I liked the natural look for the subsequent ones. I think I might be tempted to experiment with converting some of these to B&W.
I really liked the aerial views. Next time, go up in a Cessna; have them take the door off. Be sure to fasten seat belt
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I'm too scared to fly in a Cessna, an acquaintance of mine died in a crash.

They do have scenic tours in these bigger planes though, but I doubt they open the doors to facilitate the job of photogs
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QuoteOriginally posted by FrancisK7 Quote
PS. Does your monitor sport an IPS panel and is it calibrated? My workstation is, but not my laptop, and they do look over-constrasty on my laptop.
I confess that this particular monitor is not calibrated using my Spyder, But it's relatively consistent with my good one most of the time.
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