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    DP1 Visits CES

    I attended the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) last week in Las Vegas. I didn't bring a tripod, but instead looked for places I could rest the camera so I could shoot at ISO 100, even in relatively low light.

    This is a shot of the Samsung booth. I used a counter-top at another booth for camera support.



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    Re: DP1 Visits CES

    Here's another shot of the Samsung booth.



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    Re: DP1 Visits CES

    Here's a shot from my hotel window (19th floor at Circus Circus). I was a little late for my appointment as I didn't think I would get another chance for a sky like this.



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    Same window, same morning.



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    Re: DP1 Visits CES

    Wow!

    I must use my DP1 more
    I must use my DP1 more
    I must use my DP1 more

    Post processed B&W or in camera?

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    Thanks, Will. Post processed into B&W using Sigma Photo Pro and then I did a bit of cleanup in Lightroom.

    Here's another B&W from last week. This is one of the living statues in the Venetian hotel. I leaned against a lamp post for extra stability.



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    Nice shots DavidE. Man it is alot of work having to to use ISO100 all the time. Thought when doing black and white, the noise grain from the DP1 was actually quite nice.

    MAzor

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    Re: DP1 Visits CES

    This kind of shooting is quite doable with a small beanbag. The bag allows you to easily support the camera against virtually anything, horizontal or vertical. Years ago, I made a small one out of leather and it goes everywhere with me, easily stuffed in a pocket.

    Lovely images David, I especially like the Venetian one.

    Cheers,

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    Mazor, the DP1 noise does look pretty good in B&W (not so much in color). For this trip, I thought it would be an interesting experiment to try to maximize the settings, even if I had to shoot from an odd perspective. I often don't know when I'm shooting whether the photo will look best in B&W or color (where are those pre-visualization skills when you need them?).

    Simon, I hadn't thought about using a beanbag. That's a really good idea. Some of the surfaces I wanted to use weren't quite level enough.

    Here's an exterior view of the Venetian hotel. This time, I rested the DP1 on a fence post so I could take a two-second exposure.



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    Re: DP1 Visits CES

    David,

    Yeah, the beanbag solution is often overlooked but can provide a very stable yet versatile answer for shooting at low ISO/shutter speeds. Conforms to pretty well any surface and serves well as additional padding in a camera bag.

    Here's a quick picture of my DP1 on its' "throne".

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    Cheers,
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    Looks good, Simon. Your regal DP1 is even wearing a crown.

    Here's another photo from the CES/Vegas trip. This one seemed to lend itself to some Sin City type imaging processing. I used a bench near the Circus Circus entrance to stabilize the camera.



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    Re: DP1 Visits CES

    Here's another one with the same image processing. If I remember correctly, the DP1 was resting on a railing.



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    David, those are beautiful image. Really enjoyed looking at them. Thanks for sharing.

    Btw, there is an interesting story about the gondolas in the Venetian hotel. They are water vessels that transports passengers for pay and as such come under the jurisdiction if the US Coast Guard, which required that everyone on board must wear or have a pfd (life vest). The guy building the hotel wanted everything to be authentic, scaled down (I want to say 1/2 size), but they had to redesign the gondolas to comply with the design parameters that allowed passengers to wear seat belts instead of the life vests. Something about needing a boat design that could not be rolled over and trap people underwater while strapped in. So the gondolas are as close to authentic design as they could get and comply with the design requirements of the US Coast Guard.

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    Re: DP1 Visits CES

    Fab Shots w/the DP1, David
    a combo of surreal & atmospheric

    Just finished watching that Wonderful 1940's flick 'The Naked City'...very cool

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    Oxide Blu, thanks for the info on the Venetian hotel gondolas. Who would have thought there would be Coast Guard requirements? I guess it makes sense, especially as the water craft are part of a business.

    Helen, I saw that The Naked City was on Turner Classic Movies last night (when I turn on my cable box, I have it set to automatically open to TCM). It's an excellent movie, and Jules Dassin is an underrated director. Another of his early Hollywood films to watch out for is Brute Force (1947).

    Here's another experiment in spot color from last week's CES/Vegas trip. I prefer this version, but my wife prefers the original with all the colors intact. She's probably right, as I sometimes go overboard with the image processing.



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    Re: DP1 Visits CES

    Here's the version of the last photo without the spot-color processing.



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    Re: DP1 Visits CES

    I think your Wife is right. There reads more life in the image....it's not as sterile...

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    Thanks for the feedback, Streetshooter. I think I'll try to make the full-color version a little less contrasty and see what develops. I'm happy with the composition. Just hoping to make it less like a postcard image (though maybe that's not a bad thing).

    This is the newer Palazzo section of the Venetian hotel. I had a CES appointment in one of the suites there and arrived early enough to grab a few shots. I was riding up the opposite-side escalator.

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    David,

    Nice images. I like the skyscapes with the Stratsophere in them. Nicely processed.

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    Thanks, Ed.

    Here's one of the stores in the Pallazo hotel -- not the kind of establishment you tend to find at the local mall.



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    Re: DP1 Visits CES

    Ya know, I'm like all falling in love with the new GX-200 and letting the DP1 sleep fer a few dayz....then I come to this thread and it just awakens that longing to work that DP1.....hmmmmm

    Thank the LORD that the weekend is near.......
    shooter...sighing...

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    This is the same area of the Venetian hotel where the living statue "performs."



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    Dave, excellent work! Esp the B&W, they have a luscious tonal range....

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    Thanks, Lili. The DP1 does have a nice tonal range, though I often bump up against the limitations. With this image, when I try to lose the blowouts in the living statue's garment, I end up sacrificing something. It's remarkable that everything else can look so good given the extremes in lighting.



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    Re: DP1 Visits CES

    I was staying at Circus Circus again for CES, so I poked my head in the Adventuredome to take a few shots. Here's one of them.




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    Same scene, different angle.



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    Some bling-bling at Circus Circus.



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