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“Couples are wholes and not wholes, what agrees disagrees, the concordant is discordant.  From all things one and from one all things.”  Heraclitus

We seem to be consumed by our Photography Bug these days.  This vacation, starting with our trip to Las Vegas, has turned in to a photography immersion for us.  We are spending hours on the computer editing the shots that we are spending hours out in the “field” shooting.  Hubby has caught the bug just about as bad as I have.  (kinda handy when I want new gear . . . just get him out shooting and let him see that having that new lens really makes sense!)  I set up our new little toy – the GoProHero2 – to take this shot of us editing side by side in our Resort condo.  We’ve only watched a couple hours of television since we left home the beginning of November.  

I kind of feel like a kid again, learning something new every day.  

And I’m doing it with my Best Friend.



“The night before I left Las Vegas I walked out in the desert to look at the moon.  There was a jeweled city on the horizon, spires rising in the night, but the jewels were diadems of electric and the spires were the neon of signs ten stories high.”  ~Norman Mailer

We drove back to the Valley of Fire this afternoon to catch the sunset.  We then drove back through the northern edge of Lake Mead and found this amazing spot where the lights from Vegas were just stunning.  We set up the tripod and I attempted to do star trails, but didn’t really succeed.  Not dark enough.  However, I did capture the stars, the moon, and light trails from all the airplanes in the sky over the city.  We were here for over an hour and a half . . . mesmerized.  Only a few cars passed by on the road while we were there.  This shot is my attempt at doing sync flash – something MTM taught us when we shot on the Strip a few nights ago.  Not sure I was 100% successful as it seems the background is out of focus.  The first shot is the original with just a bit of LR4 editing.  

D800e, 70-200mm VRII lens @ 70mm, 2 sec @ f6.3, 800ISO, and SB800 flash mounted on camera set at zero.  



I ended up not really liking that the background was out of focus, so took it in to LR4 and reworked it . . . adding in the starry moonlit sky from another photo I took just a bit earlier in the evening.  I think I like the reworked version best.

This is my edited/reworked version.

312-365 reworked

312-365 reworked


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