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Things that Couldn’t Stay in Vegas

The Strip Las Vegas, NV Copyright Andy Richards 2016

The Strip
Las Vegas, NV
Copyright Andy Richards 2016

When you first walk out onto Las Vegas Boulevard, you are visually assailed with enormous architectural monuments to the various owner-developers of casinos.  These are not just big buildings.  They are acres-big complexes.  Big enough in some cases to get lost inside of them — at least momentarily.  And, not-surprisingly, they are designed to weave you through the gaming areas no matter where you want to go.  It would be easy to think that is all there is.

Starbucks Cosmopolitan Casino Las Vegas, NV Copyright Andy Richards 2016

Starbucks
Cosmopolitan Casino
Las Vegas, NV
Copyright Andy Richards 2016

In the mornings, I get up early (especially when I travel to the west coast) and grab some coffee, and walk around to explore my surroundings.  I generally look for a Starbucks, unless I have intel that there is better coffee, and there never seems to be a shortage, wherever in the world I go (except Vermont 😦 ).

Aria Casino Las Vegas, NV Copyright Andy Richards 2016

Aria Casino
Las Vegas, NV
Copyright Andy Richards 2016

We stayed at the Aria Casino and each morning as we walked out toward the strip, we walked through the nice courtyard here.

McDonald's Arch Las Vegas, NV Copyright Andy Richards 2016

McDonald’s Arch
Las Vegas, NV
Copyright Andy Richards 2016

I began looking for unique images and sights and I wasn’t disappointed.  One of my favorites was the “old-school” McDonald’s arch right on Las Vegas Boulevard.

Mirage Casino Las Vegas, NV Copyright Andy Richards 2016

Mirage Casino
Las Vegas, NV
Copyright Andy Richards 2016

I thought the images of Mirage and Harrahs were more whimsical and less “in-your-face” than many of the other casino complexes.

Harrahs Casino Las Vegas NV Copyright Andy Richards 2016

Harrahs Casino
Las Vegas NV
Copyright Andy Richards 2016

I also found some nice areas to photograph at night that probably don’t scream “casino.”

Las Vegas Strip Law Vegas, NV Copyright Andy Richards 2016

Las Vegas Strip
Law Vegas, NV
Copyright Andy Richards 2016

Like so many large cities everywhere, if you look for them you can almost always find something interesting to photograph.  One nice thing about nighttime is that the darkness often masks out unwanted elements in an image.  And, no, I didn’t photograph the building during an earthquake.  One of the huge challenges of city shooting where tall buildings are involved is perspective issues with wide lenses.  This is especially illustrated with limited equipment.  There are so many lines in this building image that it would be hard to find a way to get them all oriented properly without a high shooting perspective and specialized equipment.  But I still found it visually appealing.  We also went downtown to Fremont Street and walked around.  I’ll blog about that next time.

Las Vegas, NV Copyright Andy Richards 2016

Las Vegas, NV
Copyright Andy Richards 2016

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