Las Vegas, Nevada – The Venetian Hotel (HDR)

From the fun and party filled Las Vegas…here is an HDR of the Venetian Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip! Las Vegas is a paradise for adults that like to get away and have fun…but it should also be noted as a key spot for HDR photography!  I must admit, there is probably an HDR every step you take in Vegas!  Colors, Lights, Hotels…its all there to photograph.  The big issue is people.  We just came back from a 3 day visit and it was the peak of summer holidays!  My only option is early morning photo time!   This shot was my target.  I had been to the Venetian and knew it was perfect for HDR.  I set my alarm this Saturday for 4:30 AM.   I awoke and looked outside…wow!  The streets were packed and filled with people…time to go back to bed!  I gave myself another hour of sleep and was up now at 5:30 AM.  The sun was coming up and I figured all the party people will be passed out or asleep at this time!  I looked outside and it was getting quiet.  I jumped in a cab and hit the Venetian.  I asked the cabbie was is the quietest time in Vegas….he said 8 AM.  …although I thought 6 AM was not bad!

This location at the Venetian is located right next to the registration.  Here you can find this amazing hallway and meeting area you can see ahead with a beautiful fountain. All just waiting for HDR photographers!!  LOL  I had to people dodge many times, but it wasn’t too bad.  Some exposures were long and any people involved…just disappeared!   I shot the hotel for about 90 minutes and made my walk back down the strip.  I post a few more shots from here soon.  I’d say any shot here was a great one.  If you have been here and photographed it…you know well!   Viva Las Venetian!!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 14.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/16
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Viveza, Color Efex Pro
  • NEWS: Stolen Work

    Thursday I received an email via Flickr from a fellow member noting a potential usage of my photo (Grace Cathedral HDR).  I thank him very much for his time and effort to inform me.  In his message, he even copied the link to this DevianArt site location and he noted my picture with my Flickr link.   I immediately checked it out.  It was my photo in a pencil style replica.  Exactly!  Just photoshopped.  It had received somewhere around 900 views and 168 comments congratulating this robber of his work.  He had some lame story that he penciled this work and it took him 3 years!  What a load of BS!!!!  I took this picture back earlier this year.   I immediately reported it to DevianArt and made quite a few comments about how he had no approval for usage of my photo.  Yes, I am creative Commons, but one is not allowed to take my photo modify it and post it elsewhere for sale!  Totally Illegal.  This is the second time, this has happened on this DevianArt site.   It is always sad to see people stealing work and claiming it as theirs…especially when it is your own work.  Within 1 hour he took it down and wrote a negative comment directed to me…he noted all I did was snap a photo.  Blah, blah, blah.  What a world sometimes.  I am in contact with DevianArt…if he made any profit on my photo….legal action will be taken.  Feel free to check out this guys site and comment on his work…if it is even his??   http://arbitterm.deviantart.com/ Thanks again to that wonderful Flickr Member!   We have to watch out for each other!

    NEWS: Two 11 x 14 Prints Giveaway – Winner!!! – Andy Brandt!!

    Just picked the names out of the hat!  Congrats Andy Brandt!!!  Please choose 2 photos in my collection and send me an email with your address…I’l get em sent to you asap!!  Thanks to everyone for joining in!  I’ll have another giveaway again later this year!    Andy you can find my email on my website “Contact”.  They say it is always dangerous to post your address anywhere on blog posts.  I look forward to hearing from you!  CONGRATS!!!  Pete