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Bellagio Hotel and Casino by skizatch Bellagio Hotel and Casino by skizatch
I took this picture while in Las Vegas on December 23, 2003. Would anyone be interested in a 1280x960 version? My full resolution copy of this is 1515x1136.

Some notes about the image...

Circumstantial notes:
* It was a cloudy sky, and it had been lightly raining that day. This added a nice backlight to the whole area.
* Nobody was standing on the opposite walkway. Usually it is packed with people.
* This was taken right after a water+light show, and the wind blew the mist on to the front area of the building. I think it looks pretty cool.

Digital editing notes (Photoshop 7):
* I removed some of the mist to the right of the "bulge" (center/near ground) by compositing in a sliver of a photo taken 2 days earlier. This added much to the aesthetic of the image.
* There are two main layers: foreground (hotel) and background (sky/clouds)
* The background layer was blurred using smart blur w/ edge overlay
* However, to make the hotel "edges" not show up, the copy of the hotel that was in the background layer was shrunken to ~75% of its size!
* Clone stamp was then used to remove and touch-up artifacts in the sky/clouds. To see what I was doing I had to add an adjustment layer that brightened it way up, which I then turned off for the final compositing.
* There was a lot of tweaking to the masks used for the foreground and background (had to ensure that the foreground edges stayed sharp, while maintaining the soft background)
* Lots of color balancing and saturation tweaking.

All in all, I think I'm more satisfied with this Photoshop work than when I gave Rena Tanaka a new pinky finger. Sadly, that one was removed from dA because it violated policy (I didn't own the copyright for the original pictures).
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naquada Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2004
im a vegas liver too... i think you shoulda got a long exposure with the fountains going... that would be cool.

is the back usually packed? everytime ive been there, there were like 5 other people. oh well, maybe i go after a rain.

i love the lighting and the mist does look cool.
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skizatch Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2004
Well it was fairly packed the one or two times we went over there, but not the time I went to take this picture. I could be wrong :) I'm going by memories from two different times.
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naquada Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2004
i probably dont kno what im talking about anyway... i really should visit the strip more often.
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skizatch Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2004
Well I've only been there once in my whole life, so I'd guess that you know more than I!
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sykil Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2004
:sigh: I wish I could go there. All I get to do is see it on the travel channel lol. The fountians sure seem nice.
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CheetahTigerWolfCTW Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2004   Digital Artist
omg! i live in Las Vegas haha! :) the bellagio is like so cool, i love the fountains
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Samuel01 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2004
What about MGM?
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skizatch Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2004
Sadly I did not get a good picture of the MGM.
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