As it is with every Photoshop World, the end came all too quickly. I thoroughly enjoyed my stay in Vegas, even though the dry air was playing havoc with my sinuses. Friday began pretty early in the AM with a trip with some old and new friends to the Neon Boneyard. We had a little bus issue so Matt Kloskowski, Chris Orwig and I headed outside the hotel to shoot some cool shadows and a few sweet rides parked out front.
It’s not every day that you see a Lamborghini, Mercedes McLaren, and Ferrari all lined up and ready to shoot, that is unless you are visiting Las Vegas casino. Chris Orwig was the first to move to the cars, where he not only shot a portrait of Matt but also pulled out his small plastic TLR to grab some images of the vehicles. He even managed to give me a scare as he climbed up on the wall of the parking area for a better angle on the cars. It wasn’t the wall that made me nervous, it was the 2 story drop on the other side of the wall that got me.
We finally hooked up with our bus and made our way to the Boneyard, which is actually divided into two separate yards. We had access to both yards and I grabbed my gear and began shooting. As I began exploring the first yard with my camera, I remembered something that Matt told me on the bus ride over. He said, “Give yourself an assignment or you will just wander around not knowing what to shoot.” Matt was right and so after several minutes of shooting and changing lenses I decided to shoot everything with my 10.5mm Fisheye lens. The tight quarters seemed to be made for shooting with that lens so I closed the zipper to my camera bag and started working the Fisheye all over the place. I even made a three shot panorama with it. That’s David DuChemin standing in the right side of the image.
Here’s a few more shots from the morning. Most of the images were processed in Lightroom. I did however shoot a few HDR images and used the Lightroom Plug-In to send them to Photomatix for some combining and tonemapping. I then was able to save the new image back into Lightroom and finish it up in the Develop module. Here’s a few more images from that morning.
I will fill you in on Saturday’s happenings and show you something new I learned while sitting in the keynote way back on Thursday. Until then, have a great beginning to your week. I might need a little coffee to get mine jump-started.