LAS VEGAS PHOTOS #6
Sample photo from Las Vegas #6 - Caesars Palace
Caesars Palace Las Vegas poster
Las Vegas series #6 pictures were taken August 12 - 13 - 14, 2007 along the Las Vegas strip (Las Vegas Blvd.) and West Flamingo Road.
All images were shot in RAW format with an Olympus E500 digital SLR and will print 300 dpi at 8" x 11" print size.
(Resolution is 3264 x 2448 pixels for all volume 6 images.)
We could have almost titled this series of photos "The Las Vegas Strip: Stripped Down" since the north strip is undergoing massive reconstruction
(Stardust and Westward Ho are gone; Echelon will be under construction for three years; Frontier is closed and about to be demolished;
Wynn is building "The Encore at Wynn" directly north of their existing tower; Venetian is almost done with their new Palazzo tower;
Cosmopolitan and Project City Center are massive construction sites in the area where Boardwalk used to be; a condo tower is being built
at the old Wet-n-Wild site south of the Sahara; and other condo towers (Sky, Trump, Allure, and others I don't know the name of)
have been going up at a frenzied pace in the north strip area. The photos we shot from the top of the Stratosphere for this series almost
look like they were shot in a different city when compared with our series 3 and 4 images shot from the exact same location.
The south strip is nice and stable, however. Other than Barbary Coast being renamed "Bill's Gambling Hall and Saloon"; Aladdin becoming Planet
Hollywood; and the San Remo becoming Hooters, there hasn't been much change in this area during the past few years.
We stayed at the Paris for this trip, so a lot of photos were shot in that area. The night of August 12 we walked down to the "Welcome to Fabulous Las
Vegas, Nevada" sign and have included quite a few pictures of the front & back of that famous sign. August 13 we walked along Flamingo Road to
Rio Suites and visually documented that journey. Went on to the Stratosphere and rode up to the top again to get
some daytime shots since our last two photo shooting expeditions to the Stratosphere were after dark. The heavy construction going on in the
north strip area certainly has something to do with it, but I think the night shots I've taken from the top of the Strat are much more appealing.
And the strip just doesn't look right without the Stardust. Hopefully the Echelon will make up for that when it's completed in 2010, and you
can be sure I'll be posting photos of it shortly thereafter.
The Las Vegas strip is gradually transforming itself into a "science-fictiony" looking world of shimmering towers poking into the sky.
As you'll see if you browse the 10 pages of photos that make up this series. It doesn't surprise me that Las Vegas is
becoming a "city of the future", being driven by imaginations that are fueled with billions of dollars.
During this trip we also noticed that coin payouts have virtually disappeared on the strip. Even the old Riviera has their machines spitting
out cash tickets which you can feed back into another machine, or cash in yourself at self-service coupon cashing/bill breaking machines.
For those of you who miss the "old" Las Vegas, there is still Fremont Street. And Reno.
View the Las Vegas Photos #6 thumbnail gallery.
Las Vegas Photos #6 Las Vegas Strip & Flamingo Road - August 2007