Photography Project: Photographing Las Vegas Through a Prism

The Venitian through a prism

A few weeks ago I published a blog about photographing San Francisco through a homemade prism.  I’ve become pretty attached to this thing and am now scheming on how I can photograph ever major city I visit through this prism (if it was only easier to transport). Continue reading

Photographing Nelson, NV

There are a lot of old cars and trucks

There are a lot of old cars and trucks

Sometimes, we photographers can act like a herd when someone finds a “new location.”  Once found, it’s the hot spot for a year or two and then its off to the next “hot” location.  Nelson is not “new”, but has been a “hot spot for a while.”  See why. Continue reading

Photographing the Neon Sign Boneyard in Las Vegas

1512_PSA_Las Vegas_062Everyone loves a pretty neon sign, but have you ever seen a neon sign boneyard?  We went to Las Vegas last month and visited the Neon Sign Bone Yard.  When they demolish a hotel in Las Vegas, inevitably, the old neon signs end up here.  The Neon Sign Bone Yard may be the most fun a photographer can have in 60 minutes.  Here is what you will see. Continue reading

Photographing the Valley of Fire State Park near Las Vegas, NV

The Wave

The Wave

 

The Valley of Fire State Park is about an hour north of Las Vegas.  It is a great way to get “back to nature” while enjoying the pamper and civilization of Las Vegas.  This area has beautiful red rock and many named and un-named arches.  Here is what you might see:

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Photographing the Nelson Ghost Town near Las Vegas, NV

The Garage

The Gas Station

The Nelson Ghost Town is now one of the “hot spots” of photography workshops.  The area was originally called Eldorado when gold was discovered here.  It is located 50 miles south of Las Vegas and is a great place to stop, on your way to or from Las Vegas.  Boulder City is only 25 miles away.  Here is what you will see.

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Once again, what is rule number one?

Back bay hike at Morro Bay, CA

Back bay hike at Morro Bay, CA

Almost every book and blog I read has a set of rules and/or commandments for the aspiring photographer.  I find most of them helpful, but also forgettable.  My favorite set comes from the well known photographer, John Shaw.  However, all of them forget to mention the most important rule of all – ALWAYS CARRY A CAMERA! Continue reading

Photographing Window Reflections

Old Mormon Schoolhouse  in Capitol Reef National Park

Old Mormon Schoolhouse in Capitol Reef National Park

As photographers, we all are always looking for interesting and even arresting images.  Mary has written here before about capturing water reflections.  Another interesting situation are window reflections.  You need to have some ideal conditions, but when you do, window reflections are easy to get and provide a lot of creative options. Continue reading

Photographing the Neon Sign Bone Yard in Las Vegas, NV

ADDENDUM as of 12/24: Apparently the fine folks at the Neon Sign Museum think this is a commercial site and have asked us to take down our photos.  Our photos of the Neon Sign Boneyerd are for personal use only and are not for sale, but that was not good enough.  Anyway, if you still want to go there, you can.  There might be some photos on flickr.

Everyone loves a pretty neon sign.  They can be difficult to photograph.  We went to Las Vegas last month and photographed some neon signs on Fremont Street and visited the Neon Sign Bone Yard.  We will write about Fremont Street next week.  The Neon Sign Bone Yard may be the most fun a photographer can have in 60 minutes.  Here is what you will see. Continue reading

Mary’s Top 10 Photos from 2011

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Peter asked me to post my top 10 favorites; I told him I only had about 5, and then chided him for having 18.  As luck would have it, as I culled through my files, I also came up with … Continue reading

Photographing the Las Vegas Strip

New York New York

On the way back from southern Utah, Mary and I spent a few days in Las Vegas recovering from all of the Best Westerns (though we do love them), bad food, and early mornings.  We relaxed most of the time, but did spend one day walking up and down the Las Vegas Strip from Encore/Wynn to New York New York.  We carried Mary’s infrared Canon Rebel (see Mary’s post on infrared photography) and my Canon G12 and no tripods.  We were looking for architectural abstracts (see Mary’s post on making abstract photos), but also anything else that looked fun.  There are so many things to photograph along the way.  Here are a few of our favorites. Continue reading