Las Vegas Welcome Sign - Caryn Esplin 2011

Caryn Esplin UNEDITED: This is the famous "Welcome to Las Vegas Sign" I thought it would be fun to try a zoom effect.


BYU-Idaho Photographics Society hits Las Vegas for Photoshop World!

Last week I spent 6 days with a group of 18 amazing students from BYU-Idaho. We attended the world’s largest digital photography conference, Photoshop World.  Our group had the honor of earning 4 of the 21 prestigious Guru Finalist Awards! Blake Jackson and Thane Clark, my students and teaching assistants, were finalists in Photo Restoration and Photo Retouching. Andrea Hernandez, a former student who joined us, was the only double finalist this year. She won the coveted GURU AWARD for the Photo Retouching category!  In addition to awards ceremonies and portfolio reviews, we attended workshops taught by the best of the best photographers and designers. It was an exhausting, but extremely rewarding week. We did find a few opportunities to take photos. I will start of series of Las Vegas posts with this shot of the famous Las Vegas Welcome Sign.

To achieve this effect, I put my camera on a tripod, then set the shutter speed for two seconds, which gave me just enough time to zoom in the lens during the exposure. I paused a bit longer on the end of the zoom, to let the sign remain slightly still in the middle of the moving lights.