Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas Sign

NIKON D300, Nikon 18-200 VR, Fractalius Plug in

Here is the last of my Vegas posts for a while.  This was one of the final shots I took on our visit.   For those who dont know where the Vegas sign is located – it is on the strip about 1/2 mile after Manadalay Bay Hotel as you are leaving Vegas – in the middle of the section of the road.  There is a little island where you can stop and there are about 10 parking spots.  There you can get out and take this photo!  I went early that morning and set up my tripod.  I tried many different angles and even some HDR’s.  All came out ok…this one using the Fractalius plug in for Photoshop was my favorite. 

I took a bunch of pictures for other people while setting up.  Its always nice to take a picture for families or couples.  So if you see someone setting up a tripod and think they might know something about cameras…go ahead and ask them to take a shot for you!  I am sure they dont mind.   Unless they look grumpy!  Remember the pictures you happen to take in Vegas, dont have to stay in Vegas!

Jurassic Park IR (Infrared)

Jurassic Park IR

NIKON D70S (Modified IR by Life Pixel), Nikon 18-70

I’m having fun with the new IR modified Nikon D70S.   I’m trying different things to see what works.  My little one and I took a lunch break the other day here in Austin.  We went to our local Zilker Botanical Garden to take some flower pics.   I brought this camera and my Nikon D300 with the 105 VR Macro lens.  The park was quiet and the flowers were not really out….summer time will be better.  So I mostly took IR pictures….curious to see how they would turn out.  We were just about to head out and I forgot about this little dinosaur guy!   He stays there year round and is located in the Prehistoric Garden.    We walked down to see him and I took 2 shots – a vertical and horizontal.   When I got back and post processed in CS3…I was pleasantly suprised.  Kinda cool!  The IR makes it feel other worldly already….throw the little dinosaur in there and it gives it an interesting effect!

Another note to make on IR shots…animals can work!  So for IR – this shot has trees, water and sky – important to make a shot look good in IR (my opinion so far).   Note the sky with the clouds.  If you can take the shot with some clouds in it….adds a little more fun detail.   Hope you enjoy the Land of the Lost!