Las Vegas

The Bar (or A bar) in Vegas

The Bar Something about this little bar was very appealing...maybe it was all the ottomans and plush seating with no one to occupy?  The crystal chandelier overhead is part of a hug chandelier in the Cosmo that is probably 2-3 floors tall and looks like a fancy spider web.  All in all the Cosmo was pretty fancy :)

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Nikon D7000 | Tokina 11-16mm | Photomatix | Photoshop

Mesh

Mesh Another photo from Vegas and Crystals on The Strip.  The Architecture is actually much more interesting that I thought it would be...especially some of the newer hotels.

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Nikon D7000 | Tokina 11-16mm | Lightroom

A Really Pretty Mall

Crystals Another photo from the amazingly designed and Crystals Mall which is right next to the Aria where our hotel was.  From the outside it really is amazing to think that so much design and engineering went into a Mall!  Not that I'm against malls, but well it's just a place to buy non-durable goods (at least it's a hunch that Prada doesn't have any durable goods).  This was another one of those handheld set of brackets which the more you do the better you get at.  I think the trick is to kneel down very low or sit and just know whatever your camera's threshold is for acceptable noise and shoot for that.  In my case 800-1000 is the highest I can go for HDR images on the D7000.

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Nikon D7000 | Tokina 11-16mm | Photomatix | Photoshop

Aggressive

Mesh This shot is from The Crystals in Las Vegas on the south part of the strip.  I was only in Vegas for about 36 hours and tried to make the most of it so I brought my travel tripod and a couple lenses with me and set out one evening to grab some shots.  No shorter than 10 minutes into my walk (just outside the Aria) did I pull out my tripod and some staff member was right up on me to put it away.  It seems that because The Strip is all private property tripods are a no-no.  Oh well, with that in mind I shifted my mindset from sweeping wide angle HDRs to hand held architecture shots.  Sometimes you need a little push one way or the other to find something unique.

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Nikon D7000 | Tokina 11-16mm | Lightroom

Dining in the Pod

Dining in the pod This was my first time visiting Las Vegas and walking around all the various casinos and hotels I felt like I was just hoping from one mall to the next.  The Chrystals Mall did have this crazy wooden pod which was a restaurant up top and the concierge desk down below.  The only downside to photo walking around Vegas was that the first time I tried to break out a tripod I was told to put it away within minutes.  Needlessly to say I had to ramp up the ISO and shoot this handheld which always proves to be challenging.

 

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Nikon D7000 | Tokina 11-16mm | 3 exposures | Photomatix | Photoshop