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CBWC: Las Vegas Buildings in Shades of Black and White

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.”


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."
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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

  • Please join me for Story Chat, which posted Tuesday and leave Anne Stormont a wonderful comment. I will weave some of your comments into a follow-up posts with a link to your blog, if I use them. If you have an unpublished short story you want to share, contact me.
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  • Please visit any one of my interviews with the wonderful people who host or participate in challenges regularly. They dedicate a lot of time to bringing people together and building friendly communities. Learn how to twill on one of John Steiner’s posts. Or check out Sarah Wilkie’s experiments after she read his post.

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.

Have a great weekend.

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  1. What a great adventure. I had no idea that black and white photos of buildings could be so interesting. Great textures and reflections, Marsha. I like your senryu poetry sprinkled in the midst of the commentary. It’s like being on vacation with you! ❤

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  2. It’s interesting to see Las Vegas buildings in black and white. You still get a sense of light in the first one especially. The framing and contrasts in these architectural shapes is very interesting.

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    • Thanks, Sarah. I like adding frames. That way I know which ones to keep for my post as I’m going through them. 🙂 You are so welcome for the link. 🙂 I love your twills. 🙂

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Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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