After Before Friday – Week 32

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For this new year I have a resolution that I think will be pretty easy to keep. I plan on taking photos of each and every hotel/casino on the strip. Not just the regular touristy photos but details of architecture that might be easy to miss. One of my first shots is this, a detail of the New York New York Hotel and Casino. So far I have hit Mandalay Bay, Luxor, Excalibur, and New York New York. I suppose I should post them in order but what fun would that be?

The processing for this image started out pretty straightforward. Adjust the highlights and shadows, blacks and whites. And it was a nice enough image, but something was missing. I am now of the opinion the these AB Friday posts should included a fair amount of pushing the envelope, thinking outside the box, whatever the latest cliche. So I decided to try and make it look like the sun was just dawning. Or setting. I still haven’t made up my mind. With the adjustment brush, I highlighted the sides and bottom of the foreground lamp with a slight yellow glow to approximate a light bulb. Then with the radial filter I added about 6 bright yellow oval highlights to approximate the sun. The image then looked too yellow overall so I added a bit of magenta. I am aware that there might be some who will object to a slight variation of shadows. Or maybe they will ask why the sun is setting (or rising) in the south? Because! That’s why. It’s my image and I’m having fun.

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48 thoughts on “After Before Friday – Week 32

  1. Really great work on this Emilio, you have definitely been thinking outside the envelope here! You have really managed to capture that first thing in the morning look (or last thing in the afternoon!) 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Katie. I couldn’t decide which it looked like either. I think the morning light is usually a bit more pastel. The one time I was awake early enough to see it there was more pink than in my version.

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      1. Emilio I would say you no me partially well. I find images with conflicting shadows annoying because light follows some basic rules; how can a sun be setting yet the rock in the foreground is casting a short shadow in towards the light. Adding colour to create an effect like dusk or dawn is ok by me.

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  2. I vote for it being the golden hour with the setting sun 🙂 I love the radial filter tool, but have never used it to introduce color. Ben used the gradient filter this week to do the same. You both have now inspired me to up my “color” game! Fantastic after image, Emilio. The colors are soft and yet the details pop. I love the lantern and the angle of the cables against the vertical plane of the buildings and windows. I’d love to see this in black and white too, just for grins 😀 Looking forward to seeing more of your out-of-the-box post-processing!

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  3. Beautiful result, the first version can be made by a lot of person and the post treated one , there is an atmosphere. I just use LR since 2 month and you show me a lot possibility to use it.
    Have a nice week end Emilio 🙂

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  4. I love the warmth you’ve added here and truthfully, I never would have given much thought to where the sun sets or rises. You are inspiring me to learn Lightroom!

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          1. Thanks, Emilio. The blog is actually a good distraction, and I’m pretty happy with the way the story is shaping up. It’s a tough photo but I think the story will be unexpected… You can tell me, haha!

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  5. I love your final image, the golden warm tone adds to the image. I have been to Vegas a couple of times, both times on my way to somewhere else, so we didn’t see much, or we walked everywhere in the very short time we were there and it is all a blur! so I am looking forward to seeing Vegas through your camera lens!

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  6. Wow, wait a minute! Who said you can have fun with your own images? This is a serious forum, Emilio. Please, get a grip.
    I know it was taken in Las Vegas, but to me your image screams 20’/30′ New York. This looks like a part of Tamara de Lempicka painting. I adore it.

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  7. Sorry, I lost my head! I will try to be more serious in the future but, if you have followed me for even the shortest amount of time, you will know that serious and me are not the closest of friends.

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