Las Vegas Building Walk #1
Cee Neuner’s topic this week for the Black and White Challenge is buildings. My husband and I spent two days exploring Las Vegas to break up the nine-hour drive from Prescott to Woodlake, California. During our first photo spree, we didn’t leave the hotel drive. I’ve divided this series and will post it at random times during the next few months as it works with photo challenges.
Also included are two Cinquains for Colleen Chesebro’s Tanka Tuesday. Synonyms for life and move are integrated in the poem. In the first poem the buildings show life by crying out for attention and speaking. The second uses an actual synonym danced for moved.
The “Aria consists of two curved glass and steel high rise towers adjoined at the center. It opened on December 16, 2009 as a joint venture between MGM Resorts International and Infinity World Development. At 4 million square feet (370,000 m2) and 600 feet (180 m) in height, it is the largest and tallest structure at City Center.”Wikipedia
To create these first three photographs, I simply enhanced the color photos photo by selecting “Convert to black and white.” In her basics classes, Cee Neuner always recommends starting with color pictures.
Big cities - buildings Crying out for attention "Take my photograph." © 2021 Marsha Ingrao
We looked down the street For interesting angles Glass reflections danced. © 2021 Marsha Ingrao
The angles, and reflections caught our attention as my husband and I both stood outside our hotel and snapped until our phones went dead. Taking just a few extra minutes in Photoshop Elements allowed me to experiment with these last two photos. By adding an adjustment layer and playing with brightness and contrast I felt that I achieved a result that best accented the angles.
I can’t even imagine being this creative. This ledges on the building next to us reminded me of ruffles. The building to the left was no-nonsense squares. The one to the right specialized in reflections.
Here is a sepia version and a different angle on the no-nonsense building and its glassy counterpart. I added a brown filter and then adjusted the brightness and contrast.
Coming Up and Looking Back
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I apologize for my low number of visits to your wonderful blogs while we’ve been on the road. The internet service at our friends’ is super slow and shared between six of us, two of whom are under ten and well entertained playing Mindscape with friends. I schedule myself for part of the midnight to five a.m. slot.