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Welcome to fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada

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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Taken on July 1, 2009