I’ve lost count on the amount of times I’ve been to Las Vegas. I’ve gone with friends, I’ve gone with family, I’ve gone alone but I’ve always had a fun or at the very least an interesting time.
Photographing Las Vegas was much more difficult than I thought it would be. On this particular trip, I ended up going alone so I didn’t really have any subjects to follow. Everything was either fake or had some sort of advertisement in the shot. It’s not the real city of Luxor, the real New York City skyline nor the real Eiffel Tower but there are a lot of interesting patterns in architecture, art pieces in hotel lobbies, and of course plenty of lights. If you look closely, you’ll find there are hardly any people around in some of the exterior shots. The sweet spot for solitude is in the middle of the week in winter from 4:30am to 6:30am. I’ve always liked walking around at this time; it feels like Vegas is all yours.
Usually towards the end of December I’m out out exploring the world at an international level but this year I decided to keep it relatively local. I did only return from Japan just under two months ago so it was nice take a road trip and get a more intimate and close view of the earth. Driving through the mountains between Phoenix and Las Vegas is actually quite beautiful. Even more so when the drive is set to some great music and the sunsetting on the horizon.
Here are my selected favorite photos from my short trip to Las Vegas, Nevada. All shots taken with a Nikon D5500 with a 50mm lens, shot in RAW format and edited in Lightroom.
Of course I took more photos of The Strip so if you’d like to see the rest of the collection, including snapshots of some of the food, they can be found in this Google album.