On a recent trip to Henderson to visit my wife's parents, we went to see Penn & Teller's performance at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas. Usually, being with family I do not photograph much as it takes time and the family does not want to wait. But, in this case, I was told that I can bring the camera into the show and that Penn & Teller will be outside after the show for photos.
As it was twilight when we arrived at the Rio, I started shooting time exposures as we walked from the car to the Penn & Teller Theater. Some of the Strip on the other side of the freeway, but mostly of the Rio and the colorful lights on and around the building. With the blue sky as the backdrop, the images were okay. But, for my tastes, I like a jet black background, so I knew the return trip top the car would be a better time for these motion abstracts.
Rio, Las Vegas© Reidar Schopp, All Rights Reserved, www.RLSFoto.com. Trip to Henderson for Gigi's dad's birthday. Went to Penn & Teller's show in the Rio. Also includes landscapes photograghed from the 15 in infrared.
The image above the aiming at the top of the Rio and its name (what appears as blue and red ribbon bunched in the left third). The swirl of the dominant lights are those of the building. As you can see, I twisted the camera just over 1/2 a turn. The camera settings were ISO 100, f5.6 and 0.7 seconds. I used Photoshop and NIK to increase contrast and saturation, and to drive the background to black and remove residual light that was interfering with the contrast.
Rio Casino Las Vegas© Reidar Schopp, All Rights Reserved, www.RLSFoto.com. Trip to Henderson for Gigi's dad's birthday. Went to Penn & Teller's show in the Rio. Also includes landscapes photograghed from the 15 in infrared.
This second image is aiming the camera into the center of the building and twisting the camera again. My favorite section of this image is the center grid. Although twisting the camera you may expect a blur, as the lighting is AC, its flickering is picked up by the camera during its movement. Basically a strobe effect which allows the capture of distinct lines. The speed of the twisting or movement either tightens the strobe effect if moving slow, or spreads out the effect when moving fast. This image was shot at ISO 100, f5.6 and at 1 second.
By the way, Penn was out in the crowd (standing at about 6'7", he was easy to spot). I assume Teller was there as well. But I did not find fighting the crowd to photograph them was worth the effort. I would rather have them in my studio so that I could play with a "magic" concept.