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Old Nov 19, 2012, 11:51 PM   #1
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Took this in Las Vegas, NV, liked the reflection and colors. What do you think?
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Old Nov 20, 2012, 8:58 AM   #2
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I like it. Quite representative of the bright lights, over-the-top look of "Sin City".
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Nice composition. Looks very grainy however.
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Walter,
I liked the colors and the elegant feel in the shot but have to give credit to my son for telling me to get the reflection of the Gucci sign in the shot.

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This shot was taken handheld using high ISO shooting through glass. Next time I will have to remember to bring a tripod and upgrade my noise reduction program. Lightroom 4 and CS6 I don't think are the best for noise reduction. Then again it just could be me and not my programs.

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Old Nov 21, 2012, 3:01 AM   #5
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i like the colours in this and i think it adds to picture
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Old Nov 28, 2012, 10:27 AM   #6
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wave01, thanks for the comment.
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 1:50 PM   #7
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Hi Calicajun,

Graininess aside, this photo has a lot of stuff going on. There are all kinds of elements competing for my attention and I find my eyes playing ping-pong between the vertical and horizontal lines. This isn't a critique of how you shot the scene as much as the scene itself. It's simply too busy. Bonus points though for the amount of detail and colour you captured in this night shot.

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Old Nov 30, 2012, 6:47 PM   #8
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Hi Dan,
Interesting comment on the scene being busy. How can one take picture of a busy scene and not have it appear busy to the viewer eye? Any suggestion?
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Hi Craig,
Great shot, and very well taken given youre shooting from behind glass and into a very monocoloured area. the tones are good and the detail is impressive even with the low light and iso. i hope you dont mind but i put the image through topaz and denoised it, also boosted the color slightly to take away some of the tint caused by the glass. nothing else was required and i for one would have been impressed with myself had i taken this shot.

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ps. just in case youre not familiar with it, the software i used is called Topaz Bundle All in One. and one of the best features on it is the noise reduction.
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Hi Craig,

Photography is subjective, not everyone will interpret an image the same way. If your intent was to capture the busy scene, then you succeeded. Still, I ask myself what the primary subject of the scene is and I can't come up with a definitive answer. I see a lot of architectural photos in our local club competitions and for the most part, the judges prefer simplicity over complexity - especially when there are many conflicting lines. As to your question on how to shoot a busy scene without making it look busy I think the simple answer would include:
1- identify your prime subject - this will help you to focus and exclude the non-helpful elements in the scene from your capture (or crop them out during processing)
2- walk around the scene and try shooting the subject from different locations / perspectives
3 - be aware that the presence of too many elements such as horizontal, vertical and diagonal lines and shapes (squares, triangles) in the same scene may not result in a harmonious image.

Hope this helps. Regard, Dan
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