Friday, February 18, 2011

"Desert Reflections"

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"Desert Reflections"
©David A. Ziser

We landed in Las Vegas yesterday mid-day and finally got settled into our hotel. The weather is beautiful out here right now – low 60’s and sunny – just perfect. Our room is on the 11th floor which means we’ve got a pretty good view. 

The opposite building is almost entirely glass covered, as are most of the buildings in Las Vegas.  But for me, that offers some great opportunities to create some cool abstract images from the reflections. 

Today’s image is the view out our window to the opposite building.  I love how the apparently smooth surfaces of the windows really aren’t smooth. The reflections look more like reflections from a watery pond than from “flat” plate glass.

The result is always interesting.  I nudged the colors a bit in Lightroom 3 and corrected the perspective in Photoshop CS5.  My 180200mm lens has a little barrel distortion that is evident in these kinds of images showing lots of parallel lines.  A slight nudge of the “distortion” slider fixed it easily.  I think, all in all, it’s an interesting Las Vegas abstract. Now can you guess from where it was taken? ;~)

Camera specs:  Canon 7D fitted with 18-200mm IS lens at 120mm, F10 @ 1/500 second, ISO 500.  Enjoy!  -David


  1. You were staying at the Mandalay Bay Hotel looking out at sunrise.
    I was at the same hotel and saw the same view and took pictures with my 18-200. You are more skilled than I. I like your picture better.

  2. Hi Gene,
    Nope, not Madalay Bay. We're closer in than that.

  3. @ MGM facing New York New York.

  4. Hi David,

    first off,love your work..Very inspiring with brilliant insight & information.Thank you

    Ok,I think you were staying at 'Paris' & I think that's a shot of Ballys.


  5. I was going to a smart aleck and say you were staying at the super 8 but we all know that the super 8 only has ten floors :)

    Great shot David and as always your work is fantastic

    Douglas Palme