The Bellagio, a glass sculpture, and I pretend you care about how I compose my shots. Image shots, not alcohol shots. Although, now that you mention it…

Well, it’s only been…


almost two years since I’ve done a Photoshop Phriday, so you’re about due, right?

Ok, overdue. Sheesh.

Actually, I just remembered that I did one more post for photo Bliss that I never cross posted over here, so tune in next week for that one. If I don’t forget. Which is likely.


I’m going to talk about composition. Of the photographic sort.

Or, rather, what I personally do to compose my images.

Which is probably wrong, so perhaps you should do the exact opposite of what I do.

No, I don’t have any inferiority issues, why do you ask?

I’m just going to give you a stream-of-consciousness running commentary of what I was thinking while I was composing this series of shots.

HA! Like I ever give you anything BUT a stream-of-consciousness running commentary of what I think! HAHAHAHAHahahahhahahaaaaaaa! hahahaaa… haha… ha… ahhhhhhhhh.

*wipes away laugh tears*

Hahhhhh, good times, good times.

Where was I?

Oh, yeah. I’m the only one disoriented. You’re the ones waiting for me to get this show on the road.

Oh! Cool! Glass flowers!


flower ceiling at the Bellagio
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I like how the light comes through on the left, but the right feels a little heavy.

flower ceiling at the Bellagio
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I like the balance here, and you can see more of the ceiling, which is good because now my viewer may recognize the scene and even already been to the Bellagio. But now I’m too far away from the flowers; I want to show how gorgeous they are and this shot isn’t pulling that off as well as I’d like.

flower ceiling at the Bellagio
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I like how close the flowers are and the level of light involved, and there’s a little bit of the ceiling. But to tell a better story, I’ll try pulling back and getting more of the scene in.

flower ceiling at the Bellagio
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I chose a 45º angle to get a more interesting perspective than plain landscape orientation and get as much as the glass sculpture and also pull in some folks for story telling feel. The slower shutter speed allows more light and also blurs motion a little to capture the hustle and bustle of the lobby. But I I feel like I need more glass (subject) and less people (story).

flower ceiling at the Bellagio
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Ah, yes; I think I like this composition the best. I’ve got lots of glass (subject) and a little people and ceiling (story). I’ve got an unexpected angle to give a different perspective. I also like the deeper depth of field because it pulls my viewer in a little more and hopefully cause them to get a little more invested in my image.

So whaddya think? Did you like the composition of any of the other shots better?

Have you ever been to the Bellagio? Wanna share any of your shots of the same subject? Feel free to do so in the comments!

Should we go to Las Vegas together? I could use a week in Las Vegas right now. Especially if someone wanted to just, I don’t know, buy me an airplane ticket and a hotel room. That’d be just swell. 🙂 And then monkey might fly out my butt!

Hahahahahahahaha!!! Hahaha! Ahhhhhhh… Good times, my friend; good times.

(please only use my images with proper credit back to this post. Do not print or sell or screenshot or save to… or I will cry. Or kick your ass. Go ahead, take your chances, punk.