Photo of the Day
It has been a while since I have visited Las Vegas. The first and only time that I have was in 2006. I had a point and shoot camera at the time, but that didn’t stop me from trying to capture some of the great things about the city. With the point and shoot I was not able to do much after dark, but that didn’t stop me from trying. Occasionally things went in my favor, and I made a nice image. One of the places that I loved was New York, New York. I had not been to the Big Apple yet so this was my first taste of what it would be like. Of course the real buildings were much larger, but it did wet my appetite to see the real thing.
You could say that I have been working on this photo since 2006. Just before leaving for the trip I picked up a copy of a a photo editing program called Microsoft Photo Suite. In that program was a way to stitch several photos into one nice panorama. I spent a lot of time on that trip making photos that I could stitch into panos. This was one of those. I decided that on the left side of the frame a bunch of streetlights and power lines were worth the pano. Power lines also dominated the right side of the frame. Part of the editing here in 2013 was to get rid of some of the excess in the frame. I think that the photo is much simpler now as it should be. I did use an HDR preset in Lightroom to bring out some of the detail in the photo. Of course this was shot at high noon so I tried to get rid of some of the harsh shadows. The Photo Suite was my first real editing program. I never did dig too deep into it though. Cropping and panos were the main things that I found for it. I did find some painterly filter that I used way too much as well. It is still a good program that I used for panos up until about a year ago.