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April 11th, 2020 at 6:26:09 PM permalink
I thought I'd post a few pictures of Las Vegas in happier times.

These are from our March Break trip in 2015. My wife had just got a full frame DSLR and we took it up to the top of the Eiffel Tower replica at Paris to get a few photos.















My wife and I are planning to return in July to make up for our cancelled trip in March.

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April 11th, 2020 at 6:42:30 PM permalink
Nice photos. I hope things are up and running for a July visit. Your photo reminds of one I really like posted by Doc years ago.


Link to post: https://wizardofvegas.com/forum/off-topic/off-topic/9856-panoramic-photography/#post148152
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April 11th, 2020 at 6:53:58 PM permalink
Great pictures! Getting good night shots is tough. I know you should use a long exposure (if that's the right term), but I'm too lazy to figure out how to do it.
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April 11th, 2020 at 10:11:18 PM permalink
I laughed at the title of this thread. Happier times --what 2 months ago. It's usually used in the context of longer periods of time.

But...I guess so. We were so carefree and (2 months) younger then.

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April 12th, 2020 at 12:31:08 AM permalink
It is an amazingly beautiful city. Really, even aside from the gambling opportunities it's a marvel of human achievement in architecture.
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April 12th, 2020 at 1:12:13 AM permalink
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It is an amazingly beautiful city. Really, even aside from the gambling opportunities it's a marvel of human achievement in architecture.




I used to like to go out to Lake Las Vegas, and it was so nice there. Right now I can't remember the name of the casino, a senior moment. At first they had full pay everything, and dollar pick'em. They threw in the towel, twice.
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April 12th, 2020 at 1:41:58 AM permalink
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I used to like to go out to Lake Las Vegas, and it was so nice there. Right now I can't remember the name of the casino, a senior moment. At first they had full pay everything, and dollar pick'em. They threw in the towel, twice.



Sounds lovely. Easy to forget the landscape sometimes, but it's so different from what we've got around my parts. Might be nice to actually hike or get to the top of some high point somewhere to drink in the view.
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April 12th, 2020 at 5:27:48 AM permalink
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I used to like to go out to Lake Las Vegas, and it was so nice there. Right now I can't remember the name of the casino, a senior moment. At first they had full pay everything, and dollar pick'em. They threw in the towel, twice.




Casino Monte Lago, how could I forget?
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April 12th, 2020 at 6:27:31 AM permalink
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Great pictures! Getting good night shots is tough. I know you should use a long exposure (if that's the right term), but I'm too lazy to figure out how to do it.



Thanks. My wife is the photo buff and took most of the shots.

Equipment helps as these were shot with a Canon 6D full frame DSLR and the shot specs run from 1/30s to 1/100s between f/4 and f/4.5 at ISO 2500-10000.

My father was a big photography buff too and I can recall the film days where I was amazed by an ad from Kodak in the 80's touting ISO 1000 film. The advertised range on the 6D is ISO 100-25600. The advances of technology.

My father's rule-of-thumb was try to stay above 1/60s exposure on a handheld shot otherwise you'll get blurring from the movement of the camera. My wife was bracing the camera in those holes on the observation deck so the 1/30s shots turned out OK.

Our intent was to be up on the observation deck just before sunset, but we had arrived that afternoon and we were in that trying-to-get-a-whole-bunch-of-experiences-in mode that you do when you first arrive. As you can see from the photos, we got there just after sundown.

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April 12th, 2020 at 6:36:10 AM permalink
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While it is nice to look back, there are plenty of things coming in the future.



Indeed! We often stay at the Wynn and Resorts World will fill in that barren spot that's been there for what a decade?

I'm also looking forward to the Raiders being in Las Vegas mainly because I'm a New York Jets fan and it will be fun to see the Jets play the Raiders in Las Vegas. That trip might have to wait until my wife and I retire as she's a school teacher. We might be able to do it before then, but it would have to be for a game on the Columbus Day weekend which corresponds to our Thanksgiving. The chances of that occurring are low. 8-(

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April 12th, 2020 at 6:43:25 AM permalink
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I laughed at the title of this thread. Happier times --what 2 months ago. It's usually used in the context of longer periods of time.

But...I guess so. We were so carefree and (2 months) younger then.

: )



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April 12th, 2020 at 6:58:54 AM permalink
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It is an amazingly beautiful city. Really, even aside from the gambling opportunities it's a marvel of human achievement in architecture.



My wife and I also enjoy being in the desert of Las Vegas for a bunch of different reasons. First is that my wife has a bit of arthritis in her hands and the dry air of Las Vegas really helps.

Also we're in Southern Ontario in Canada which is very flat so we appreciate the mountains (Yes OK they're not that big, but way bigger than what we get), and spots like Red Rock Canyon where it feels like you're in a Spaghetti Western and Clint Eastwood is just around the corner in a poncho smoking a Cheroot.

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