Busy Night, Las Vegas, NV

SEPTEMBER 2003 – The New York, New York Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, on a busy Saturday night. Photo © Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com


The story behind the image

We arrived on a Saturday in Las Vegas. In the late afternoon we started to explore the famous Las Vegas Strip with its countless hotels, casinos and restaurants. Sunset happened as we approached the Mandalay Bay Hotel, and zillions of tiny lights began to glow. We turned back to see the busy traffic in front of the New York, New York hotel under a clear sky colored in blue and pink.

Sadly, the inspection at high resolution reveals that this image is not perfectly sharp. To motion blur the traffic rushing I needed an exposure time, probably 1/20 sec or so which is doable with a 28 mm lens. Below that was the risk of serious hand shake – not good. It was quite dark already, so I had to open the aperture probably to f/4 which also results in reduced sharpness for objects in the distance. So yes, there’s some minimal hand shake and an aperture that’s too wide open. Mon dieu!

I like the photo anyway, because this effect can only be seen when looking closely at the image, and the perfect mood of the image clearly beats its technical shortcomings. For me, anyway.


The high resolution image

Capture Date20-SEP-2003
LocationLas Vegas, Nevada
CameraCanon AE-1 Program
LensCanon FD 28mm f/2.8
Image SourceFuji Slide Film
Digital Image SourceMinolta Dimage Scan Elite II
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, AdobeRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions3627 x 2424 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com

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