Tuesday, December 30, 2008

The Venetian: part 2

I really liked detail they put into the Venetian. There is seriously no detail that escaped the designer's eye.

This little beauty is next to the doorway from yesterday. It's actually in an outdoor walkway leading up to the shopping area.

Monday, December 29, 2008

The Venetian

Most of my pictures from Las Vegas were taken on the last day. I did take almost a whole memory card on Saturday, but we were at a private wedding and this wouldn't be an appropriate venue to display the pictures without consent.

This architectural beauty is from the Venetian. What a spectacular hotel.

Again, I'm not really sure how these exposures are working here. I'm really hoping that Santa is good to me this Christmas in the IT arena.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Looking up

We were trying to find our way to the downtown area of Las Vegas. While at the Sahara mulling over the question bus or cab, I looked up and had an idea.

These lines were amazing!

Saturday, December 27, 2008

It's not Las Vegas without neon

We made it to the end of the monorail. It travels the length of the strip. What a fantastic deal it is.

The last stop is the Sahara.

I played with the exposure on this one. The P setting for this really seemed to get washed out. Manual overriding the shutter speed seemed to help.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Yep, I like lines

Before we leave the Paris Hotel, I shot this one waiting for the elevator to take us back down. I really love the converging lines.

You can see the wire mesh that surrounds the entire deck. I'm not a huge fan of our time of day we were up here, but you get what you are dealt in Las Vegas.

I took a lot of pictures up here, I might post more later.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

The Bellagio

Not sure if this is my most artistic pictures, but I was really excited when I saw it.

This shot was taken from the observation deck up inside the Eiffel Tower at the Paris hotel. 

Here's a list of things to remember when attempting this shot that will hopefully allow us to improve on it.

  1. Dress warmly. It was freezing up there with the wind in December.
  2. Camp out for the good hole. The whole deck is surrounded by a cage to keep people from falling. There is one really good hole pointed at this hotel...get it early and don't move.
  3. Bring extra memory cards. I only had about 50 shots left when we got to the top. D'oh!
  4. Pay the extra for the night shot. Enough said.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Street Lamp at the Paris Hotel

The interior of the Paris Hotel is really beautiful. The feeling of old Paris is everywhere.

Like most of Las Vegas, you have to be very careful where you pull out the camera. The 30D isn't exactly inconspicuous.

Lamp posts don't complain.

I'm still having computer editing problems. I'm not sure how much detail will show up here.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

The Paris Hotel

I'm alive! Las Vegas was a blast. So much so that I've been pretty well exhausted all week. I should really remember to take a buffer day after getting home.

I took ~400 pictures while in Nevada, but the focus of my weekend was poker and I'll be honest, it was pretty cold there at night. Travelling with the Mrs makes it hard to stay outside too long when it's in the 30's.

This first picture is from the shopping area at the Paris Hotel. This hotel was beautiful, but I have to wonder, how many hotels in Las Vegas have a cloud painted ceiling. The Venetian/Pallazo, Caesar's Palace and the Paris. Hmm.

I did find the old Paris street facades were fascinating.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Getting ready for Christmas

Is there a busier time of year for a parent?

The Mrs. and I have decided to take a long weekend to Vegas for a meet up with poker bloggers. You know, one of my many other blogs?

Before we take off for one of my favorite photo ops (I love shooting in Vegas!), I wanted to share a picture of my youngest getting ready to hang one of her favorite ornaments.

If I happen to take any good photos in Vegas, I'll be sure to get them here as soon as possible.
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