This is the view from my bedroom at home. Just kidding--that would be nice, though! Last month I had the opportunity to visit Delano, a hotel at the south end of the Strip in Las Vegas. I took this photograph from a room on the 60th floor.
This photograph was a challenge to produce, and I almost threw it away as being unusable. The truth is I’m not sure it really is usable for anything other than this blog article without further work, but I like it enough to share it. The reason it’s such a problem is because I had to shoot through at least two panes of glass. The result was a photograph with triple images of most of the lights.
The camera was capturing these triple images due to the various layers (and/or edges) of the glass. There was nothing I could do about it. The rooms in the Delano do not have balconies, so I was forced to photograph from inside behind the glass. I’ve photographed through glass before without having major issues, but for whatever reason, it was a problem in this case.
So how did I deal with the problem and get something halfway decent out of it? Photoshop, of course! It was very tedious and time-consuming, but with a lot of patience I was able to eliminate the majority of the ghosting. The result is OK, and I wanted to share it. I think it looks pretty good at this size on screen, but I would be concerned about making a large print of it. With additional work, though, it might be a usable photograph. Being able to photograph the Strip from a vantage point such as this is a rare opportunity, and I wanted to make the best of it.