Las Vegas – Travel and Photography Blog

February 4th, 2012

I visited Las Vegas recently for my first time; for me it was never that high on my list of destinations to visit.  Usually I am drawn to naturally scenic destinations or locations with historical significance and unique architecture.  The interesting thing to me about Vegas is that, for the most part, you don’t go there to stay in a hotel to sleep and go out to visit the local attractions, the hotels are the attraction!

Looking up the Las Vegas strip at night in B&W (Ian C Whitworth)

You can’t help but be impressed by what has been created in Las Vegas.  Walking “The Strip” along Las Vegas Blvd, you see replicas of New York City, the Eiffel Tower, Venice’s Rialto Bridge & San Marcos Square and much more amongst the beautifully landscaped grounds of the extremely large hotels.  Things look closer than they are due to their size, so if you are planning on walking The Strip, be sure to wear comfortable shoes.

Looking across the blue reflective water in the evening at the Venetian in Las Vegas (Ian C Whitworth)

Vegas offers a large selection of fine dining over and above the well know activities of the casinos and shows.  Side trips can also be arranged to the Hoover Dam and helicopter rides to the Grand Canyon.  For those of you that want to go out for a drink or two, the city that never sleeps offers many choices.

A view of New York, New York in Las Vegas (Ian C Whitworth)

As for my fellow photographers, great images are available as the sun is going down over The Strip and of course at night, as Vegas has no lack of neon lights.  A polarizer filter will help with the daytime shots and don’t forget to bring your tripod to take advantage of the night-time opportunities.  Getting in an elevated position allows for more flexibility in your images and at the sides of the pedestrian overpasses (where there is no glass in your way) is one of the options.  For me, the Venetian during the day and the Eiffel Tower at night are two great views waiting to be captured.

Looking at a night view of the Eiffel Tower in Paris Las Vegas (Ian C Whitworth)

While in Vegas be sure to take in the fountain show in front of the Bellagio, the pirate show in front of Treasure Island and of course the canals of The Venetian with their gondola rides.  The MGM Grand has a lions pit, which is a big hit for kids and I can’t forget to mention the shopping for the ladies (and men of course!).  There are endless upscale stores offering all the latest fashions and one such place to visit is the Fashion Show Mall with 250 luxury shops and restaurants.

Looking across the beautiful water falls at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas (Ian C Whitworth)

Las Vegas Fun Facts: Photography Tips:
  • Las Vegas population is close to 600,000 people
  • Vegas falls within the Mojave Desert and averages over 130 days per year with temperatures over 90°F and is very dry with an average of 29 days with rain per year
  • 1931 marked the start for casinos in Las Vegas
  • 17 of the largest 25 hotels in the world are in Vegas
  • over 30 million tourists visit Las Vegas each year
  • Use a polarizer and lens hood during the day to minimize glare and ensure your colours are not washed out
  • Find elevated positions when possible to enable more of the scene to be captured and add a different perspective to your images
  • For night shots be sure to bring your tripod and also use your timer and consider using mirror lock up to minimize camera shake
  • Using a wide angle lens will allow you to get everything in the shot you are hoping for and adds great perspective as well as increased depth of field

Looking up at the Coyote Ugly neon sign at New York New York in Las Vegas (Ian C Whitworth)

If you have not already, spend a few days in Vegas to experience this unique and busy travel destination at least once.


References:  Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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2 comments on “Las Vegas – Travel and Photography Blog

  1. Alyson says:

    Wow, I just love these shots, Ian! I was in Vegas for the first time, too, but your pictures are just incredible. Teach me, Obi Wan! : )

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