Travel Photos

Anytime I book a trip to a new place I do a google image search for photo hotspots or must see landmarks. I love visiting places like 500px.com that are full of incredible images. This is a great source for inspiration that helps me put together a list of must see locations. However, in doing this, I have found that the online images rarely match what you find in reality. I have found that in many cases it takes a good deal of photoshop afterwards to match the vision that has developed in my head of what the photograph "should" look like as a result of this research.  Here are some examples from a few recent trips. I've included the pre-photoshoped images to compare the changes that were made.     

First up is the iconic Las Vegas sign.  As you can see in the before photo there are a number of power lines that run directly behind the sign. Additionally, if you look closely the sign is very dirty and looks to have been patch several times. 

First up is the iconic Las Vegas sign.  As you can see in the before photo there are a number of power lines that run directly behind the sign. Additionally, if you look closely the sign is very dirty and looks to have been patch several times. 

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Here is another angle. You can see a giant billboard and more wires in the background. Additionally, I had this image in my mind of a great blue sky with puffy white clouds. Unfortunately the actual sky was a slightly disappointing grayish blue.  

Here is another angle. You can see a giant billboard and more wires in the background. Additionally, I had this image in my mind of a great blue sky with puffy white clouds. Unfortunately the actual sky was a slightly disappointing grayish blue.  

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I also find people very often get in the way of the perfect shot. This photo was taken at about 10:30 pm in the middle of winter. Even with the late hour and super cold weather there was still a load of people that had to be cloned out of the final shot. 

I also find people very often get in the way of the perfect shot. This photo was taken at about 10:30 pm in the middle of winter. Even with the late hour and super cold weather there was still a load of people that had to be cloned out of the final shot. 

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Some times these changes can be very time consuming, but in my opinion the final piece of art is well worth the effort.

Phoenix Photographer Nathan Brummer Photography