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This photo was taken during my roadtrip to the southwestern USA in 2015.


The Las Vegas Strip is a part of the Las Vegas Boulevard South in Las Vegas, Nevada. It is famous for its concentration of luxurious resort hotels and casinos along the route. The Strip is approximately 4.2 miles (6.8 km) in length. Many of the largest (15 of the world's 25 largest hotels) and hotels and casinos in the world are located on the Las Vegas Strip.

Going deep in the archives. One of my favorite people watching spots on the Strip. Previously shown here.


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The Fountains at Bellagio. I never tire of watching these. My favorite scene in Oceans Eleven is that last scene watching the fountains. I find it as interesting to shoot the people watching the fountains as the fountains themselves. These guys made me chuckle at the end of this particular performance set to a Shania Twain song. As they walked away one said, "Man that sucked!" The other replied, "Yeah man, I want my five minutes back!"


I recommend a viewing of largeness on white.


View this one large to appreciate it.


I just got back today from a family and shooting trip in Death Valley California, Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada, and Las Vegas. One of the highlights of the trip was the very unique opportunity to shoot from the rooftop of the Tropicana Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip, which I did last night during the blue hour.


The challenge with this shooting opportunity was the unusual low wall that surrounds the roof. This waste-high wall has funny shaped triangular features that jut out and up about every five feet in a similar way to the top of a castle wall. This means that it was next to impossible to shoot a panorama without moving the tripod half way through the shots. To work around this problem I had to extend the camera horizontally out past the edge of the wall. As in, the camera needed to hang out out in space. This was not an easy feat to make happen. I extended one leg of the tripod that would sit on the rooftop. The other two legs were shortened and would sit on the edge of the low wall. The middle post of the Manfrotto tripod was flipped out horizontally and the camera ultimately sat about a foot out past the edge of the wall. I secured the camera with a safety line just in case, and weighed down the tripod with my camera bag because the weight of the camera cantilevered way out there was pulling the tripod over. This setup meant I couldn't look through the viewfinder and had to complete the shoot using the LCD screen, which I am not crazy about.


As the sun set the nice blue hour light did its thing. I love that light! I took about 20 series of eight shots at various light levels and with various zoom settings. The final image is about 16,000 pixels across and the detail is amazing when zoomed up close.


This is not an HDR photo. This panorama was created using single images, but it speaks to the amazing dynamic range of the Nikon D800.


Things to remember when taking a series of photos for a panorama image:


But first, the three things to avoid are:


1. Blown out highlights - Horrid!

2. Image noise - Evil!

3. Image blur - Pure evil!


Use a very solid tripod. Slow shutter speeds mean the slightest shake will kill your final image.


Use a wired or wireless shutter release. Don't touch your camera or you will get blur. If you don't have an external shutter release, then use your self timer. Remember, blurred photos are pure evil. There is nothing worse than having a great series of eight photos, but the one shot in the middle is blurred. That series is now useless.


Use your lowest ISO if you want a large print of the final image. Low ISO means low noise, and noise is slightly less than blur on the pure evil scale.


Don't use overly long exposures. The light changes so fast and you don't want two or three minutes between your first and last shot because the lighting of the sky will change over that time. This means you often cannot use very small aperture openings (higher F stop numbers) when the light is getting low because each exposure could be 30 seconds each X 8 shots = 4 minutes plus time to move the camera between shots means 5 minutes to take one series. Too long.


Check and recheck all your settings. Is bracketing off? Is the +- EVO setting at zero?


Set your camera to manual mode. You can't have the camera changing its settings mid way through your series of photos or the lighting in the sky will vary throughout the final image.


Use your histogram! Trust it more than you trust your by-guess-and-by-golly eyeballing of the image you just shot on the back of your camera. I always take a test shot in the direction of the brightest sky, and then adjust the shutter speed until the histogram indicates there will be no blown out and overexposed highlights.


Often, I also use manual focus for most setups. At times your camera will have trouble focusing in the middle of a series. I avoid this by allowing the auto focus to set the focus, then clicking the lens to manual focus before taking the series of shots. This can be especially important if you have a foreground that is close up. You don't want your focus changing part way through a series.


Any other points I am missing about panorama do's and don'ts? I have made so many mistakes with my panoramas of the past. Every point I just made above is the result of a pano turned useless because of a mistake I have made in the field. Hard lessons learned through mistakes are often unforgettable.


If you have additional points that I missed, please comment with them.

“Prosperity” A Prosperity Tree is said to attract wealth and prosperity, and bring good luck to those who have it. The tree is symbolic with branches that basically represents the five elements of feng shui, wood, water, earth, fire and metal. It not only adds life to a room, which is an important principle of feng shui, it also helps maintain balance and harmony in a given space. I chose a square format camera as it embodies perfect balance, allowing the mind to freely wander throughout the image. As you gaze into this image you begin to relive the Maple tree’s plight as it reached for new areas despite twists and turns. In other words you get the rare chance to recreate the tree’s own Prosperity. Location: Portland , OR © RobertPark

PT Sublime Point Sublime is a seldom visited spectacle on the North Rim. It is a treacherous 17 mile high clearance Jeep trail that rewards you at the end of the road with Point Sublime, an isolated peninsula utterly surrounded by the canyo n and monuments. I travel there in late August to capture monsoons in the canyons. Choosing a vantage point that gave the sensation of depth and space, I waited as the sun set and the sky and canyon lit up. It doesn’t take much imagination to see where this remote point got it’s name from as It was simply a sublime experience. Location: Point Sublime, Grand Canyon, NP © RobertPark

The moving walkway that takes you into Ballys Casino in Las Vegas.


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Taken from the top of the Eiffel Tower Experience at Paris Las Vegas.

Actually, the strip was behind me... this is looking down East Flamingo Road. I was standing on the pedestrian walkway that crosses over the street. Wasn't easy to find an unobstructed view of the sunrise that morning.

The Flamingo and the now-gone Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall (now The Cromwell) at the intersection of the The Strip and Flamingo Road, Las Vegas.

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Panorama shot of the Las Vegas Strip after a sundown. Shot from the edge of town in the South East part of the valley. About 10 miles away. Stitched in Microsoft ICE. Testing out a new lens at 140mm. This shot could be had with one 50mm shot. But I wanted the resolution for processing, hence the multi shot panorama at 140mm.


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This is my last shot from the top of the Eiffel Tower, and it's the only decent shot I got with a sign of daylight in the sky. If I had a chance to do it again I would be sure to get up there at least 30 minutes prior to sunset so I could get the full range of sunset through blue hour, and I wouldn't complain if a few more clouds were there.


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A different view of the Las Vegas Strip, taken from the top of the south parking garage of the Las Vegas Premium Outlets. This is looking south at the I-15 at the exit for Charleston Blvd.


I had planned on taking a few different shots of this view with different focal lengths. Alas, disaster struck after maybe 5 or so shots when my battery ran out! Lesson learned, be prepared :/ Will definitely revisit this shot with a wider angle to see how it turns out. For now, this is how it looks at 100mm.


Worth a look on a bigger scale.


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Gondolas in the indoor Grand Canal at The Venetian Hotel & Casino on the strip. Las Vegas Nevada...

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Once it gets dark the lights on the strip really start to sing. I didn't bring a tripod with me, but the low fences on either side of the pedestrian overpasses worked well to stabilize the camera.

The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino is a luxury hotel and casino resort located on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada, United States, on the site of the old Sands Hotel. Designed by KlingStubbins, the hotel tower contains 36 stories and rises 475 feet (145 m). The Venetian is owned and operated by Las Vegas Sands. The Venetian also serves as the seat of the corporate headquarters for its parent company.

The Venetian resort complex is (together with the adjacent Sands Expo Convention Center, The Palazzo Hotel and Casino Resort and future MSG Sphere Las Vegas) the world's second-largest hotel, with 4,049 rooms, 3,068 suites ranging in price from $169 to $10,000 per night and a 120,000-square-foot (11,000 m2) casino. Since its opening, The Venetian Macao is now the largest casino in the world, beating The Venetian, Las Vegas.

In April 1996, Sheldon Adelson announced plans to create on the property the largest resort on the Strip. This project would be situated on the former Sands property. On November 26, 1996, eight years after it was purchased by the owners of The Interface Group—Adelson, Richard Katzeff, Ted Cutler, Irwin Chafetz and Jordan Shapiro, the Sands Hotel was imploded to make way for The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino. Groundbreaking for the hotel began on April 14, 1997.

The resort opened on May 3, 1999, with flutter of white doves, sounding trumpets and singing gondoliers, with actress Sophia Loren joining The Venetian Chairman and Owner, Sheldon G. Adelson, in dedicating the first motorized gondola. Built at a cost of $1.5 billion, it was one of the most expensive resorts of its kind when it opened.

On June 27, 2003, the 1,013-room Venezia Tower opened. It was built on top of the garage parking lot.

in 2010, it was announced that it will be affiliated with InterContinental Hotels Group.[2]

In October 2011, the Cantor Race & Sportsbook opened, which was the only Las Vegas sportsbook that was open 24 hours a day. On June 11, 2012, the Venetian opened Carnevale, a summer-long festival that is anchored by a nightly 3-D projection show on the clock tower. In September 2012, The Blue Man Group show closed and relocated to the Monte Carlo, after being at the Venetian for six years.

The hotel uses Venice, Italy, as its design inspiration and features architectural replicas of various Venetian landmarks, including the Palazzo Ducale, Piazza San Marco, Piazzetta di San Marco, the Lion of Venice Column and the Column of Saint Theodore, St Mark's Campanile, and the Rialto Bridge. The design architects for this project were The Stubbins Associates and WAT&G. Interior design was provided by Wilson Associates and Dougall Associates for the casino.


Taken from the top of the Eiffel Tower Experience at Paris Las Vegas.

This is the entrance to the Beatles Cirque du Soleil show that plays at the Mirage resort and casino in Las Vegas. We had wanted to go and see this show but, unfortunately, it was all sold out during the time of our stay in Las Vegas. Hopefully we will be able to see it on our next visit!

The loose story of the production traces The Beatles’ biography in broad strokes from The Blitz, through the band's founding and climb into superstardom, their psychedelic and spiritual works and their break-up in 1970. The finale is a joyous celebration of The Beatles' "reunion" that the show itself represents.


It can get pretty intense jockeying for position in front of the three or four lens holes on each side of the Eiffel Tower. The competition is especially fierce on the Bellagio side, the wait can be 30-60 minutes while people line up for the water show.


I snapped off this three exposure bracket while we were waiting in line for the elevator. A spot opened up right where we were standing, and I took the opportunity for one last shot.


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Early evening in Vegas as the sun sets and the lights start to shine. This is the less processed version of a previous image I posted. I was playing around with some filters in Perfect Effects in the other version, this one is a bit more natural and much more like how the scene appeared when the photo was taken. I found the sky a bit boring so I tried a different crop and playing around with some glow filters and with the Focal Point software from OnOne. So here is the original version with all the details.


In the last few weeks I've been studying a lot of post processing techniques and I want to try re-editing some old stuff to compare some of my new techniques and filter plug-ins with how I did it a few months ago. I'll probably try this in the next few weeks for a selection of my older images.

Inside the The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas, NV. A three shot HDR processed using Oloneo Photoengine.

Had a blast and then some. It's hard to be back.


Title credit goes to Bill, a.k.a. Sky Noir. Why didn't I think of it?


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That's not the Eiffel Tower in Paris - but the 1:2 scale model of the PARIS LAS VEGAS HOTEL & CASINO

View of the replica of St Marcos sqaure in the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas. We had dinner in the restaurant in the corner. Very nice italian food.


HDR of 3 raw images, ISO 200, 20mm, f9, (1/2, 1/10, 1.6 sec). Blended and tonemapped in Photomatix 4 using Details Enhancer.


In Photoshop:

- imagenomics Noiseware noise reduction.

- Smart sharpen.

- Slight Freaky Details.

- A bit of burn around the edges.

- Nik Glamour Glow enhanced the glow of the windows and lights.

- Cloned a closed-out stand at the bottom left.

Another view of Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas just after sunrise. The lights were still on, but already clear enough to see all the details.


ISO 100, 10mm, f9, (1/2, 1/8. 2.0) sec. I had to work hard to correct the perspective distortion. I think the fountain is still a bit slanted. While doing this, I had to clone the bottom of the image to fill in the blank space left over after the perspective correction. Only after I was almost done with the whole image did I notice the small cloning error. It as also difficult to deal with the sky because the Photomoatix settings I liked for the building created a horrible halo on the sky. Nik Viveza worked relatively well to fix it: I placed a control point high up in the sky and increased the brightness a lot. Did that with several control points along the top.

This photo was taken during my roadtrip to the southwestern USA in 2015.


The Las Vegas Strip is a part of the Las Vegas Boulevard South in Las Vegas, Nevada. It is famous for its concentration of luxurious resort hotels and casinos along the route. The Strip is approximately 4.2 miles (6.8 km) in length. Many of the largest (15 of the world's 25 largest hotels) and hotels and casinos in the world are located on the Las Vegas Strip.

Pedestrian bridges cross Las Vegas Blvd, and give great views. However, the plexiglass that is too high to photograph over made some interesting reflections of the Wynn, Encore and Palazzo hotel signs that were actually behind us.

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Made Explore March 21, 2011 (#305)

GER: Bei einem Besuch in Las Vegas dürfen die legendären Fountains of Bellagio natürlich nicht fehlen. Besonders bei Nacht ein eindrucksvolles Schauspiel. Hier habe ich die Wassershow in einer Langzeitbelichtung festgehalten.


US: When visiting Las Vegas, you have to visit the legendary Fountains of Bellagio. Especially at night an impressive spectacle. In this photo, I captured the water show as a long exposure.


Camera: Nikon D5300 + Nikkor 16-85 @ 16mm | ƒ18.0 | 8 sec | ISO100

I have been meaning to post the shot for what seems like forever and never quite got round to it! This shot was taken from the same spot as my most popular and "interesting" shot, The Sands Expo Center. This is looking the other way back up the street towards Las Vegas Blvd.


Decided to go with B&W for this take. It's a very busy shot composition wise but I quite like it :)


Will be back later to check everyone's streams, have a great week!


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Check out my new site a Bright Lights and Vegas Nights. Not much there right now, but I look forward to adding to it.

Welcome to Las Vegas....

While in Las Vegas we visited most of the big resort hotels and casinos. My favorite was the Paris on the Las Vegas Strip. I really loved the theming and attention to detail that went into creating this resort. We were so impressed by the Paris!

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