The Shark


The Shark

Jerry Tarkanian was the head coach for the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels  basketball team from 1973 to 1992.  He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013. He died February 11, 2015 at the age of 84. He was so well loved by the city of Las Vegas that the lights on the strip were dimmed in his memory for 3 minutes, an honor only seven others have shared, including, Elvis Presley, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, George Burns and Frank Sinatra after their deaths.

Tarkanian was popularly known as “Tark the Shark”!

A beautiful example of the art known commonly as graffiti!


After-Before Friday Week #38

Prompts and Challenges


This image is part of a series I am doing on the hotels/casinos of Las Vegas. A very simple transformation this week.


 If you’ve never been to Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, these statues are animatronic and move on the same principal as the Presidents at Disneyworld.

Please visit Stacy’s Visual Venturing for more After-Before Friday Challenge. And join in if you haven’t already! Rules are on her site.

After-Before Friday Week 37

Gallery, Prompts and Challenges
 OK, there goes my rebellious streak again. I’ve gone and put my Before image first because I like to reveal my After with a little suspense. So we might have to re-title this Emilio’s Before and After Challenge.

As you might have noticed, this is not for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge (though I could have a bit of fun here). This is for Stacy’s After-Before Friday Challenge.  These women seem to love a challenge. You should join in. The rules are boring but you gotta have rules in a challenge. And they’re not too difficult, though I do tend to make my own rules occasionally which leads to Stacy pulling her hair out. Which reminds me, I have added a poll at the very end of this post just to annoy you even further. It is mandatory that you respond, otherwise something unforeseen will happen to you in the following week. You have been warned!

OK, the before:



This shot was taken looking through the window of a bar at around 9 am on a Sunday morning. The bar was closed. See? Even in Las Vegas there is a sense of propriety. I stopped to admire the window dressing; all the colored bottles lined up on the glass topped bar and lit from below, the cleanliness and orderliness of the place, the lights left on to entice any passers-by to come back when the bar is open! Anyway, this was shot as part of my series on the hotels and casinos of the Las Vegas Strip. This is a separate, enclosed bar within the Mandalay Bay Casino.

And the after:



This was a relatively easy processing- as my processing goes.

Image #1 is the straight out of camera shot (SOOC for all you camera nerds).

In #2 I have played with the white balance to remove the over-saturated orange/yellow hue. I also straightened the image and removed some reflections off the window I was shooting through.

In #3 I brought down the highlights, opened the shadows, then adjusted the blacks and whites and added clarity for a bit of contrast and snap!

In #4 I reduced the saturation even more, reduced the noise (and there was a lot of noise!), enabled lens profile- which corrected the slight curvature of the lens- and added a vignette.

#5 shows a reduction in the luminance and saturation in the purple of the bottles, I reduced even further the orange/yellow hue, adjusted the angle a bit more, and removed some minor light reflections on the glass. I also croppped the image a bit tighter.

At this point (#6) I exported into Perfect Effects 9 and adjusted the sharpness and contrast.

Et, voila!

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The Symmetry of Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge #7

Prompts and Challenges

Which WayWhich way? There doesn’t seem to be much of a choice. Either north towards Reno, or south towards Las Vegas. There’s no east or west off this road!

I am very pleased to be a part of Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge this week.

And Tim of Photographs By Timothy S. Allen said “This would be good as well for the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge – Symmetry” so here it is:


Tell Me ’bout The Good Ol’ Days


Due to the nature of my work, I am able to take my grandfather on his weekly grocery shopping spree ( we have to hit several different stores each time for the lowest prices) as well as to his many doctor appointments. The man is 92. Believe me, he has many doctor appointments!

Two weeks ago I took him for a follow-up visit to his Primary Care Physician. Within the past 6 months he has taken to using a walker whenever we go out. And just two weeks ago he was prescribed oxygen due to difficulty with breathing. Thursday, February 6, we arrived at his doctor’s office at 9:30. am. By 9:45 he was called inside. By 9:50, I was called to join him. The doctor said there was signs of congestive heart failure and I had to get him to the E.R. right away.

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It is now 10 days later. He was admitted into the hospital that night. A tube was inserted into his lungs to drain the liquid and it still remains. He is bed-ridden now, not able to walk or even sit up for the past week. He has lost his appetite, has a cough and is depressed and non-communicative. They have prescribed Zoloft for the depression and decided to take a bone marrow test when they found a low platelet count to see if he has cancer. That was February 8 and they still do not have the results back. They just decided this weekend to test for tuberculosis as the cause of the fluid in his lungs and have put him in isolation just in case. The last time I was informed of his blood pressure, it was 93 over 44.

I fear the doctors are killing him.


Which Way?

Prompts and Challenges

I keep telling myself, and anyone who will listen, that I have to slow down a bit on posting and pay more attention to commenting on others blogs. And yet, I couldn’t resist Cee’s Which Way Challenge this week.

We were visiting Balboa Park Gardens. Well, my wife was visiting the bathroom. I was sitting waiting for her and just had the idea to focus on the multi-colored tile pavement and catch people’s feet as they passed by.  And from such moments, history is made!

Or not!

Which way?

ABFriday Week 35: February One Photo Focus

Prompts and Challenges

I wish this image was one of mine but, sadly, it is not. It is courtesy of Manal Ali at A Single Shutter. I only did the processing.


Stacy Fischer explains on her site Visual Venturing that “After-Before Friday (ABF) posts provide an opportunity for photographers (amateur and seasoned, alike) to share their photos, and if they wish, their post-processing decisions… The goal is to enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at others’ work while picking up helpful ideas along the way that each of us can use as we work with our own photos.

[T]he first Friday of each month is designated ABFriday One Photo Focus (1PF), when all participants post-process the same image.”  

Please visit her blog for information on how to participate.

It will be interesting to see what Manal does with her own image. As for my interpretation…



I apologize that I did not have time this week to build a slide show of changes. There were a ton of them as I experimented. But basically I wanted to emphasize the wet look in my processing. So, to begin.

I straightened the converging lines of the image under Lens Profile in Lightroom. I then adjusted the whites, blacks, highlights, and shadows as I always do. I added a touch of clarity to break through the bit of haze or mist that permeated the image. I played with the white balance and chose “shade”- which added an overall yellow hue. Then I exported to Perfect Effects 9.

I added clouds because the sky was a very uninteresting dull gray. I also added some sharpening. I then exported back into Lightroom.

I added dark areas with the radial filter to sections of the windows on the tower to the right, then offset those areas with lighter, golden streaks again with the radial filter. I added highlights on all the buildings on the street, then went crazy adding yellow lights in the street lamp and golden highlights on the street and sidewalk. Finally, a slight vignette.

I know there can be any number of variations of this image but I am very happy with the way this processing turned out. Hope you like it. Please check out the rest of the submissions at Visual Venturing!

And please visit Monochromia for the some black and white fun.

And thanks again Manal. Hope you like what I’ve done!