Photographer's Note

Principauté de Monaco (Principality of Monaco) is one of the gems along the Côte d'Azur (the Blue Coast); the French term for the Mediterranean coast between Saint-Tropez and Menton at the Italian border. It's a small country with the highest number of millionaires and billionaires (per capita) in the world.

A state that has no income taxes, low business taxes and is well known for being a tax haven, needs some sort of income. And until recently the Monte Carlo Casino has been the primary source of income for the House of Grimaldi and the Monegasque economy.

This cruise ship is mooring off the Monaco coastline - which is only 4.1 km (2.5 mi) - as it's too big to enter the harbor. Passengers are taken ashore by barges, in case they want to go and gamble away a couple of hundred dollars or so...

I've tried to enter this casino twice, without success. First time we - three young lads from Kalmar - were not accepted for wearing sneakers. And the second time around, we - although smartly dressed - didn't like to pay an entrance fee. This was a very, very long time ago – and it has kept me from gambling all my life!

The citizens of Monaco are forbidden to enter the gaming rooms of the casino.

I tend to increase the contrast too much in the post-processing work with my photos. Especially when I work with older scanned film, where I don't have the "digital sharpness".

The result is that lighter areas get blown out.

Re-posted scan from negative film at 1200dpi, with a slightly different post-process in Photoshop CS5, softening the contrast to avoid the partial overexposure.

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Additional Photos by Kaj Nordstrom (kajenn) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 539 W: 240 N: 849] (2454)
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