Skeleton Tube

I’ve already posted a number of photos from my trip to Las Vegas earlier this year, and at the time of posting I know I was happy with the images…however, in going back through the photos I’ve already tonemapped, I am realizing that quite a number might be a little overcooked. The photo I’m sharing today was one of those images, and the shot you see below is a re-processed version made to be a bit more realistic.

I credit all my amazingly helpful and supportive Twitter pals for my better vision and (hopefully) improved HDR technique over the past few months. The online community that I now consider myself a part of has been an absolute game-changer for me…I now find myself more motivated to not only go out and shoot, but to really search for that special shot and make it my own. The countless tutorials and workflow tips have been invaluable and I can’t thank this wonderful HDR community enough…you guys ROCK!

This photo was taken inside the Crystals shopping area which is part of the City Center complex. The giant skeletal wooden sculpture that serves as both piece of art, dining room and security desk just begs to be photographed…and I’m pretty lucky to have walked away with this shot. About 5 minutes after I fired off these brackets, I was found by security and told I was not allowed to use my tripod in the mall. I asked him if I could shoot handheld…the answer was no. Boo to Vegas security. At least I got one usable set of brackets!

Canon EOS 50D, Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5, 11mm, F 8, ISO 100, 3 Exposures

Dave Wilson - September 29, 2010 - 5:54 pm

I’ve heard a lot of people complain of getting hassled by security here. I was approached outside but, inside, had no problems. I asked the guy at the information desk (in the middle of your shot here) about whether I could shoot inside. He turned out to be a photographer too and told me it would be fine. He even pointed out some good locations. From then on, when one of the uniformed guards approached me, I just told them I had permission and referred them to the information guy!

Heath OFee - September 29, 2010 - 6:03 pm

Oh man…sounds like you had a much better experience than I did! I sometimes think it must be hit or miss in places like that depending on who’s working at the time. Most times I’m in a shoot first, answer questions later kind of mindset, but it seems like the asking for permission thing can sometimes go a long way. Hmmm….you’ve given me some food for thought!

Dave Wilson - November 8, 2010 - 7:33 am

I know how this feels – I was annoyed to hear of another photographer who got to use his tripod on top of the Rockefeller Center in New York recently. I was constantly hassled and prevented from using mine when I was there despite the fact that the place was not at all busy. I guess it all comes down to how officious the security guard on duty that day is feeling.