Photoshop World Las Vegas and the Hoover Dam


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I’m back!

Last week was hectic. A brief recap:

  • Monday morning I left before the crack of dawn and drove to San Luis Obispo to drop off my husbands car at my parents’ house. They’ll store it for us while he is deployed. (Approximately 322 miles)
  • Tuesday morning my mom and I drove from SLO to Las Vegas for Photoshop World. (approximately 405 miles)
  • Tuesday evening my mom got a call from my dad – long story short the metal plates in his ankle had broken and he needed to visit his surgeon at Stanford. My mom and I enjoyed one evening together in Las Vegas and she left the next morning.
  • Wednesday morning – It took a bit to adjust my attitude about losing my Photoshop World buddy, but I sucked it up and had a really good time for the next three days, even though I was on my own. I learned a lot and came home inspired by all of the amazing art and artists I met.
  • Friday evening, after Photoshop World was over, I got together with a friend and we drove out to the Hoover Dam. It was late enough that the museum was closed, but we were able to park close by and walk around. The sun was just setting, crowds were thin and the view was gorgeous despite the 100F weather. (photos below)
  • Saturday morning I rented a car and drove back to San Diego. (Approximately 323 miles)

Roughly 1050 miles in just under a week, plus an intense three day conference…throw in worrying about my dad and you can imagine I was exhausted by the time I got home.

I’ve spent the first few days of this week catching up on grown-up stuff (chores around the house) and editing my photos from the Hoover Dam. I’ve been able to practice a few new Photoshop techniques that I learned at Photoshop World so that has been a lot of fun!

Photos from the Hoover Dam

Since I know you are mostly here for the photos, here are a few of my favorites from my visit to the Hoover Dam:

Mike O'Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge | Hoover Dam | Lake Mead | Colorado River | Arizona | Nevada

Hoover Dam | Lake Mead | Colorado River | Arizona | Nevada

Mike O'Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge | Hoover Dam | Lake Mead | Colorado River | Arizona | Nevada

Desert Layers | Lake Mead | Nevada | Arizona

Mike O'Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge | Hoover Dam | Lake Mead | Colorado River | Arizona | Nevada

Moon Rise over the Hoover Dam | Lake Mead | Colorado River | Nevada | Arizona

The colors and textures of the desert were quite spectacular that evening. A big thank you to my friend for getting me out of Las Vegas and out to see this monument. I hadn’t been there in many years…long before I was seriously into photography.

As for Photoshop World, it was a great experience and I hope to go again next year!

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