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Pictures first - trip report later! (Many BIG pictures!)

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by thoots, May 25, 2005.

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  1. thoots

    thoots Low-Roller

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    My Trip Report

    Folks,

    I've got a lot of work to do in order to bring a decent report to you, and many more pictures to process, but let me just toss you a few shots from my first night at Vegas -- I'll get to work on the TR and more pictures! So, let's dive into the first batch of pictures:

    Mandalay Bay:

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    Strip shots:

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    Fatburger:

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    Polo Towers:

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    Surf Barfet, the sign in as fine shape as the food:

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    Monte Carlo, with the CVS Pharmacy in front:

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    Harley Davidson Cafe:

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    I adjusted that one to make the sign relatively straight -- obviously, that made the stuff in the background askew!

    Next! ->
     
  2. thoots

    thoots Low-Roller

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    Eight images per message rule.... So, here we go with eight more!

    Paris balloon:

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    Bellagio:

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    Shots across the Bellagio lake:

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  3. thoots

    thoots Low-Roller

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    And, the last of this first batch....

    MGM lion:

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    New York New York Las Vegas:

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    Finally, just a shot down the street:

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    I've got many more shots to show you, and quite a different trip report than you've ever seen before. So, back to work on that, and I hope you enjoy these images!
     
  4. HurricaneMikey

    HurricaneMikey A-List Buffoon

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    Those pics are amazingly crisp...what kind of camera did you use and how did you set it? I can never get mine to look that good.

    Mikey
     
  5. thoots

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    Mikey,

    Thanks for the kind words! I used a Canon Pro1, the top of Canon's current "Powershot" line. i.e., this is something lesser than their "digital SLR" line. You can read more about it here, amongst many other reviews you could find elsewhere:

    http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/canonpro1/

    Also, I used a tripod -- indeed, I trudged around with the camera on a tripod for several hours, and that's what really makes "night shots" like these possible. Plus, my previous trip to Vegas (two years ago) really got me interested in "getting serious" about photography, and I've spent the time in between trips finding "the right camera for me," and then really learning how to get the most out of it. I'm quite happy with these shots, and I've got many, many more to work through and show to you folks -- so "stay tuned!"

    In the meantime, here's another shot. From atop the Eiffel Tower, someone pried their eyes away from the Strip, turned around, and shouted towards everyone to look over to see the moon rising from the west:

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  6. HurricaneMikey

    HurricaneMikey A-List Buffoon

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    Hey Thoots...

    Thanks for the info... But one thing-

    I just checked all the almanacs and encyclopedias I had, and even the NASA website, and the earth didn't rotate backwards anytime during your trip to Vegas....The moon always rises in the east. Just like the sun.

    Awesome pic, though!

    Mikey :D

    [ May 26, 2005, 01:12 AM: Message edited by: HurricaneMikey ]
     
  7. thoots

    thoots Low-Roller

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    Mikey,

    Oh, re-reading, I see you asked about camera settings, so let me say a couple of words about that:

    My camera will go down to ISO 50, so that's what I used for everything -- below that, and you start getting "noise" quite a bit. This is where a trule DSLR will kick the pants off of my camera -- they can use higher ISO's without such a loss in quality.

    Also, most cameras will default to a lower-numbered "f-stop," even on "landscape" type shots like this. So, I used either full manual mode or "aperture priority" mode to keep my camera in a more landscape-friendly "focus to infinity" setting of f/8. At least, I did so as much as possible.

    So, those would be the settings I used -- hope this helps!
     
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    thoots Low-Roller

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    Mikey,

    Yeah, you're right -- I have a tendency to get turned around on east vs. west on the strip!
     
  9. kristin

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    Wow those are awsome pictures. I just bought a Canon Powershot S70, it's the first canon that I've owned...I am so excited to play with it.

    Thanks for sharing.

    [​IMG] Kristin
     
  10. Coaster Kikky

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    Your pictures are just mouth-wateringly gorgeous! Nice job! Thanks for sharing them.
     
  11. Skyy

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    Those pics have made me speechless! FANTASTIC job!!
     
  12. Jack21

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    Beautiful shots.
     
  13. CamelClutch

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    Wow. Just fantastic shots. Publication quality, for sure.

    Canon is making better and better equipment. My dad is a professional photographer, and after years of using only Hasselblad and Nikon cameras, he just bought a Canon digital and is very happy with it.

    I use a Canon S400, which suits my needs but could never produce the quality of these shots. Thanks for sharing them.

    [ May 26, 2005, 04:16 AM: Message edited by: CamelClutch ]
     
  14. RossW

    RossW North of the 49th

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    thoots,

    Great photos... [​IMG] I hope you don't mind I used # 23 as my computer wallpaper.

    Thanks for sharing.. :D
     
  15. KathyinNY

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    Absolutely awesome pictures of Vegas. It made me feel like I was right there looking at the view.

    Excellent!
     
  16. NY11

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    wow those are absolutely gorgeous pictures!!! Thanks so much for sharing! [​IMG]

    Cathy
     
  17. mesa

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    Very nice,I guess i will play with my camera settings a little more to get great shots like that.
     
  18. Thekiller

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    Thanks for the great pics Thoots! Some of the best shots I've seen. Those are real impressive to a point and clicker like me.

    I think I need a new camera and a bigger monitor [​IMG]
     
  19. Little Bob

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    Great shots. We fly to Vegas tomorrow to celebrate our 29th wedding anniversary. Those photos have me fired up!!!
     
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    all I can say is...WOW!!!
     
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