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DMcGrew
6th of April 2009 (Mon), 20:55
Never been to Vegas before so I'm wondering what are some must visit places as far as photography goes? Anyone have any good suggestions? I know the Hoover Dam and Grand Canyon are must sees.. but what else?

FlyingPhotog
6th of April 2009 (Mon), 20:58
The Strip
Freemont Street
The Strip
Valley of Fire
The Strip
Nellis AFB
The Strip ;)

Tbirder
6th of April 2009 (Mon), 21:12
Went to Vegas a couple of years ago as part of a three-week US trip, a first-time visit for this New Zealander. Yes, FlyingPhotog is bang on, the entire Strip is oozing photo opportunities and the light show at Freemont street is magic to capture. Travelled very light as we did a lot of walking, only took my point and shoot, a Canon S60 as it had apeature and shutter prioroty modes - vital for those cool 'Strip at night' images.
We also went out to Las Vegas Speedway, the Shelby museum etc etc.
Enjoy yourself and remember, sleep is over-rated...

DMcGrew
6th of April 2009 (Mon), 21:17
Went to Vegas a couple of years ago as part of a three-week US trip, a first-time visit for this New Zealander. Yes, FlyingPhotog is bang on, the entire Strip is oozing photo opportunities and the light show at Freemont street is magic to capture. Travelled very light as we did a lot of walking, only took my point and shoot, a Canon S60 as it had apeature and shutter prioroty modes - vital for those cool 'Strip at night' images.
We also went out to Las Vegas Speedway, the Shelby museum etc etc.
Enjoy yourself and remember, sleep is over-rated...

Would it be a good idea to bring a tripod? Or is that frowned upon in Vegas?

Broadway53
7th of April 2009 (Tue), 07:58
Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon are within driving range and shouldn't be crowded at the time of year you'll be visiting. Well worth the drive.

FlyingPhotog
7th of April 2009 (Tue), 13:38
Would it be a good idea to bring a tripod? Or is that frowned upon in Vegas?

I've found ways to use both full-size and table-top tripods in Vegas. One thing with the full-size on the strip though: Keep the leg spread distance to an abosolute miniumum to avoid having an unsuspecting tourist snag a leg.

The table-top tripod is great for setting up on a trash can, wall, stairway, etc...

When shooting in any of the Casinos, public areas are fine but do not shoot anything on the gaming floors.

moeronn
7th of April 2009 (Tue), 13:54
There are definitely some great places to shoot in and around Vegas.

As mentioned, the strip is great for night photography. Try to get in front of the Bellagio for the fountain shows. The pedestrian overcrossings give some nice vantage points, but the vibrations may be too much for long exposure shots.

The Hoover Dam is interesting. Last time I was there (about 1.5 years ago) they were constructing the new bridge over the river. They had some setbacks but should be getting close to completing it. It's pretty impressive and worth shooting while you're there.

Bryce, Zion and Grand Canyon are great, but all of them are at least 4 hours away from Vegas - not an easy day trip and you're doing yourself a disservice if you don't spend more time at those places.

For some decent local nature scapes, try Red Rock Canyon - less than 45 minutes form the strip. On your way there or back, try the buffet at the Red Rock Resort.

I have some images on my flickr if you're interested in ideas:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/68088083@N00/sets/72157605796523524/

FlyingPhotog
7th of April 2009 (Tue), 14:43
The Hoover Dam is interesting. Last time I was there (about 1.5 years ago) they were constructing the new bridge over the river. They had some setbacks but should be getting close to completing it. It's pretty impressive and worth shooting while you're there.

The bridge is far from complete...major air gap yet. ;)

The OP should be aware that traffic in the vicinity of the Dam can be very heavy and very slow.

moeronn
7th of April 2009 (Tue), 17:00
The bridge is far from complete...major air gap yet. ;)

The OP should be aware that traffic in the vicinity of the Dam can be very heavy and very slow.Good to know. Still, those supports are pretty impressive on their own. When it's done, it will be a sight to be seen.

Skonk
7th of April 2009 (Tue), 17:36
I've found ways to use both full-size and table-top tripods in Vegas. One thing with the full-size on the strip though: Keep the leg spread distance to an abosolute miniumum to avoid having an unsuspecting tourist snag a leg.

The table-top tripod is great for setting up on a trash can, wall, stairway, etc...

When shooting in any of the Casinos, public areas are fine but do not shoot anything on the gaming floors.

You can also hold a table-tripod against a wall (pressing it into the wall by hand) and then take a shot (posibly with self timer); will keep the camera dead steady even though your holding it yourself.

FlyingPhotog
7th of April 2009 (Tue), 18:40
You can also hold a table-tripod against a wall (pressing it into the wall by hand) and then take a shot (posibly with self timer); will keep the camera dead steady even though your holding it yourself.

Good Point!! Exactly why my table top Gitzo has the same ball head as my CF Induro. It makes orienting the camera a breeze regardless of what the tripod is on or held against. ;)

No_Trace
7th of April 2009 (Tue), 19:52
For some decent local nature scapes, try Red Rock Canyon - less than 45 minutes form the strip. On your way there or back, try the buffet at the Red Rock Resort.

LOVE Red Rock! And if you have time while there run down to Blue Diamond, cute little town just south of Red Rock.

If you are into motorsports check out Las Vegas Motor Speedway and the Shelby Production facility next door.

Last time we were there we got a tour that took us from our hotel to the Hoover Dam, lunch at the Hacienda in Boulder City and the Ethel M. Chocolate Factory (mother to the Mars brothers) really neat place to go...

darkknight1999
18th of April 2009 (Sat), 00:18
Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon are within driving range and shouldn't be crowded at the time of year you'll be visiting. Well worth the drive.

Ditto!!!! I did both of them the last time I was out there. L.V. is a great hub for seeing so many great national parks! Depending on how much time you have hit up the Mojave, Hoover, and if you have a lot of extra time the Grand Canyon. I missed that the last time I was out there.... maybe I'll head back next year.