Monthly Archives: November 2008

35 Shots in the Vegas Rain

Bad weather makes great photos.

It rained today (and tonight) in Las Vegas, and that drove me directly outside to the glistening Las Vegas Strip. A bit of precipitation can really open up photographic possibilities, as the raindrops amplify, capture, and bend light. As I walked down the Strip, I felt like a kid in a candy store, seeing all kinds of photographs that simply weren’t there the past several dry nights.

35 shots from tonight are included below. All were shot handheld with the Nikon D3 (ISO ranging from about 400 to 2000), using natural light, with my 105mm fixed macro VR lens. Most were manual focus.

Las Vegas is such a joy to photograph — so much color, so many interesting characters.



































Shots of the Day, Er, Night: Vegas at Night

I always love photographing Las Vegas, especially at night. Here are some photos I shot in Vegas in November, 2008:




Shot in the main lobby of the Bellagio:


The next two shots are of the Conservatory at the Bellagio.


The conservatory is jam-packed with people all taking photos of the same things.

And then there was me, crouching and taking a picture of the ground. People must have thought this was odd. But I found the floor lighting (and beautiful tile mosaics) to be far more interesting than the same “postcard” shots you can find all over the web of the Conservatory.


I’ve probably seen a hundred shows at the Fountains of the Bellagio, but they really never get old.


Yes, I really do rotate my camera to portrait mode every now and then.



This next shot is pumpkin cheesecake from the Bellagio’s Jean Philippe Patisserie.

I cannot begin to tell you how wonderful this cheesecake is. It puts all the cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory to shame.

It starts with an artful appearance, including a pumpkin marzipan candy on top.


Inside the shell are several layers of delicious. I could taste a touch of cinnamon in the moist graham cracker crust, which partnered perfectly with the pumpkin flavor.

Seriously, this is good cheesecake. The sad thing is, the Jean Philippe Patisserie has about two dozen separate desserts in this caliber. If only I could try them all…

Yeah, um, did I mention how great this cheesecake was? So, so good.

Shots of the Day: Dogsitting Sally and Capturing her Puppy Adventures

I had the pleasure of dogsitting Sally on Saturday, and photographed some of her Puppy Adventures in my living room. Sally’s a blur of motion, as most puppies are (which makes natural light photography a bit of a challenge).














I’m guessing this doesn’t smell nearly as interesting as Sally was hoping: