Welcome to fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada

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A lot of shots I like seem to have some kind of texture added. If done right I think this is a very cool way to add extra interest to a shot. Until I got my dSLR this year, my Photoshop skills were limited to cropping and adjusting brightness and contrast. Slowly I have been picking up different skills with a touch of googling and all the wonderful tutorials out there :) For this shot I used two textures from the Totally Free Textures Group, an invaluable resource. Armed with my textures, I used this tutorial: How to Use Textures to Enhance Your Photographs. And voila!

Have to say I am my worst critic, but I was quite pleased with how this turned out. Hope you like it too.

Some trivia courtesy of Wikipedia:

The Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign is a Las Vegas Strip landmark funded in May 1959 and erected soon after by Western Neon. In a nod to Nevada's nickname as "the Silver State," across the top of the sign are white neon circles, designed to represent silver dollars. On the back or north side, the sign reads "Drive Carefully. Come Back Soon".

On October 4, 1999, the sign went dark for about a month when the company that had been paying the power bill was bought by another company who did not pay the bill. When the problem was discovered, payment of the past due amount, under $60, was made, and power was turned back on.

On December 8, 2008, a small parking lot was opened in the median of Las Vegas Boulevard to allow official public access to the sign for the first time. Prior to the parking lot's construction, visitors to the sign were forced to cross the northbound or southbound lanes of Las Vegas Blvd. without the benefit of any traffic signal or crosswalk. While no one is known to have been killed while trying to access the sign, increasing traffic at the south end of the Strip has made a crossing increasingly dangerous. The new parking lot provides 10 standard parking spaces, two handicapped spaces, and two large spaces for buses or limousines.

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  1. underthewaves 68 months ago | reply

    Neat work. It makes me think of the Las Vegas episode of Life After People on the History Channel. Really well done!

  2. piyo02mel 68 months ago | reply

    i love the processing you did here!

  3. (:Andrzej:) 68 months ago | reply

    a classic ! timeless shot....
    absolutetly perfect photo.... fantastic processing

  4. donchris!™ 68 months ago | reply

    this is really really awesome !!! i love this retro look !!! and the light and the colors are really making this picture so fabulous !!!

  5. Black_Watch 63 months ago | reply

    Awesome photo here man...Love the look.

  6. Dave DiCello 62 months ago | reply

    What a cool shot, love the cinematic look

    seen in Mikytz's World.

  7. Rob LaRosa (Roaming Vegas) 62 months ago | reply

    Very nice take on a classic.

  8. alphababe (BRB!) 57 months ago | reply

    awesome processing done here. =) i like the texture a lot!! A pity I did not manage to take a pic of this sign when I was in Vegas in December 2008. It was snowing and there was a power failure when I was there. Bleargh.

  9. corleone00 55 months ago | reply

    WOW! Beautifull pic and work! love it!

  10. Koni Kowa 52 months ago | reply

    I've seen it many times before but I love this "Welcome".

  11. f l a m i n g o 51 months ago | reply

    I love this sign. Finally got to see it on New Years Day :)

  12. Curtis Gregory Perry 49 months ago | reply

    Great effect. I'm going to look into this.

  13. KJGarbutt 44 months ago | reply

    Great photo. I can't wait to go...

  14. Marco de Waal 38 months ago | reply

    Nice picture! Excellent!

  15. Daniel Mennerich 32 months ago | reply

    This photo is truly Absolutely Perrrfect!!


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  16. Kathleen Gick [deleted] 32 months ago | reply

    Iconic! My favorite LV sign now preserved for posterity in your wonderful photo. Makes me want to take another trip out there. Hang on to your wallets!

    [ via flickriver  --Kathleen Gick ]

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