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Paris, Las Vegas

One thing that is quite striking about the Las Vegas strip is how much more beautiful it looks at night than in daylight. The Paris Las Vegas hotel and casino, in the center here, looks positively glamorous in its well-lit charm at night, and I think it looks best from across the Bellagio pond, so that's the viewpoint I chose for taking this picture.


The pride of the Paris Las Vegas hotel and casino is the giant replica of the Eiffel Tower in 5/8th of the original size. Elevator rides to the top are offered, and at night the view from the tower's top over the glittering hotel strip and the sprawling city of Vegas beyond is quite stunning. As if it is not enough to have a more than half-size copy of the Eiffel tower, the hotel also has a 2/3 size replica of the Arc de Triomphe, seen in the background to the right in this photo, as well as huge replicas of other Paris landmarks -- making it a classic example of the impressive extravagance and excess characteristic of the major hotels and casinos on the Las Vegas strip. On the left in this photo is the sister property of Paris Las Vegas, Bally's Las Vegas, which is also a hotel and casino but built in a completely different sleek modern style.


I actually shot this photo mostly to practice my night photography skills, to see if I could get a very sharp and well-lit image of this complex night scene. With a 1-second exposure on a tripod, it turned out satisfactorily sharp and nicely detailed. If you look at it in the original size, you can even read the Eiffel Tower Restaurant sign clearly on the Eiffel tower.

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Taken on October 4, 2009