The Way to the Penthouse

Thanks for coming to the Chicago Party

I really enjoyed meeting you guys and gals that came.  It was a great event and I want to thank you all!  We do have a fun photowalk that we will be doing Sunday at 10 AM – meeting in the lobby of the Hotel Sax.  Anyone is welcome!

Daily Photo – The Way to the Penthouse

This incredible spot is located at the bottom of the MGM Grand in Vegas.  It’s one of those places that you will walk by after a day of visual-overload in Vegas and not even notice!  It has taken me some practice, but I try to look at each new room anew, and do my best to bring it back to you!

The Way to the Penthouse

  • Adam Schmid

    You are absolutely right about just walking right past it and not even giving it a second thought Trey! I did the same thing a couple of months ago the last time I was there. 🙂 There is so much going on in Vegas at times everything just kind of becomes a blur and you don’t always stop and take it all in.

    BTW, I just purchased my copy of the OnOne Plug-in Suite 5 and I must say it is a great set of tools for Photoshop! I haven’t had too much time to play around with everything just yet but so far so good. Thank you for the review and recommendation.

  • I second that comment, about walking by and not taking the time to notice.
    Great eye as always.

    Do you ask permission to set up your tripod and take your pictures or do you just set up the tripod and snap away ?

    Thank you for the great inspirational work.

  • Great photo of the room, Trey. Sure are a lot of places in Vegas to take pictures!!! Another spot folks might enjoy seeing is the Nascar room in the Saharah. We stayed in that hotel, but it’s a lot older than the rest. The one we ladies explored after going to the fashion mall was the Wynn, I think. Flowers hanging all over the main entrance hall, quite impressive. Then you know how neat the Shark Aquarium is at Mandolay Bay. That’s the only other building we went in while there for a couple of days. I would like to go back someday, but my hubby wouldn’t, so that’s that. Thanks for sharing!!!

  • Ali

    Nice!! Thanks for sharing.

  • I love the lines in the ceiling.

  • Thanks all.

    Deyson – in this case, I was with a small team from MGM-Grand that waled around with me and let me do whatever I wanted – it was very kind of them…

    Gail – Thanks! I have not seen the Nascar room – I should check that out!

  • casusan

    Wow!! Love this – the bronze and gold and the lighting and textures – super shot Trey!

  • Did the MGM team keep people out of your scene or did you do something in post processing to remove ghosts etc? Would love to know your workflow.

  • Thanks — no Doug – there is another way to do it with the f-stop

  • Porter Fuqua

    Cool photo! Thanks for the tutorials!

    What is the blue light trail near the ground on the right?!

  • Someone walked through the scene holding a phone or something I think! Good eye!

  • Sri

    Hello Trey – This is a fabulous shot! I really admire your work – very inspiring indeed.

    I remember this place from my stay at the MGM-Grand, and I also recall that this place was full of people at all times. Can you please elaborate a bit on your response to Doug’s question above? How did you ‘remove’ the people from the picture?

  • Facebook User

    Absolutely stunning photo. I’ve taken HDR’s of the lobby of the MGM grand… (on my flickr)… but nothing as amazing as this !!!!!

  • Trey…good luck in Chicago!! I hope it is not too cold there!! I just bought your book yesterday, and really enjoyed it. I wrote a review (my first review, btw)) on my blog…check it out when you get the chance…



  • me like 🙂 great tones and color!

  • Doug and Sri – this is just a guess and please correct me if I am wrong. I think that if you stop down your lens enough, low ISO and maybe a ND filter; the exposure time starts to rise. Eventually coming to a point where a person might only be in one part of the frame for a tiny fraction of the exposure. Therefore they do not contribute significantly to what the sensor “sees”.

    This also explains the blue light trail that you see floating through the right side of the frame as if it where “magic”… Come to think of it, its a pretty magical effect. Kudos Mr. Ratcliff.

  • hehe thanks for the notes 🙂

    Well – yes porter – that is it – F22 and ISO 50 is most of it

  • Casper van Zyl

    vert nice like the colours

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