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Where to take "iconic" photo of Vegas strip?

Old Nov 21st, 2005, 06:14 AM
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Where to take "iconic" photo of Vegas strip?

Hi helpful forum members:
DH and I try and take an "iconic" photograph of every destination we visit (e.g. Statue of Liberty, Westminster Abbey). We are going to Vegas for Thanksgiving and need suggestions as to the best spot from which to photograph The Strip (probably at night).

So where should we go to take the typical photo of the Vegas strip? Or is there another icon of Vegas that would be good to photograph?
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Old Nov 21st, 2005, 06:19 AM
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I guess that one of the best spots to take an aerial shot of the strip would be on the Stratosphere tower. You will get a very complete view.

Another icon may be the "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign. It is less than a mile south of the Mandalay Bay.
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Old Nov 21st, 2005, 07:01 AM
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If you want an "ironic" photo go to the salvage yard where lots of the old Las Vegas signs are left to die until collectors buy them.
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Old Nov 21st, 2005, 08:27 AM
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Thanks, "24601" and jorr--we were going to go to the salvage yard anyway but also want a photo of the current strip - how easy will it be to get to Stratosphere from say the Caesar's Palace area?
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Old Nov 21st, 2005, 08:44 AM
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The easiest way to Stratosphere from Caesar's is to take the bus. It's only $1.25 per person vs. a whole lot more for a cab, or a very long walk. Alternatively, you can also get a good photo on one of the overhead walkways at the busy intersection in front of Caesar's. Take if looking down the Strip with the Paris hotel in the background.
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Old Nov 21st, 2005, 08:48 AM
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There's a skywalk over the strip between the MGM Grand and NYNY hotels. I've often wished I had my camera when I've crossed it. Might be difficule controlling camera shake at night though, even with a tripod, since there're usually a bunch of people on it.
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Old Nov 21st, 2005, 08:59 AM
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Taking a photo of the strip from the Strat will give you a very broad picture of lights from very high up. It won't really look much like Vegas, since everything will be so far away. I wouldn't personally consider that an "icon" of Vegas. Definitely nothing like taking a photo of Westminster Abbey or the Statue of Liberty.

So, after saying that, I'll ask - What do YOU consider an icon of Vegas?

You could head up the Eiffel Tower for closer-to-ground-level photos, or pick one hotel/casino to photograph a part of up close.
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Old Nov 21st, 2005, 09:11 AM
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I think the most 'iconic" are the M&M museum and the next door CocaCola museum
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Old Nov 21st, 2005, 09:17 AM
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jml-mi - The strip is the only thing that comes to mind as the Vegas icon--or perhaps, as suggested the "welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign. Probably a shot with a lot of neon signs and lights (is this even what the strip will look like??)

We do a lot of photography but are no experts so I want to be able to take the time to get a good shot without lots of camera shake (especially if we're photgraphing lights at night!) any suggestions?
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Old Nov 21st, 2005, 09:30 AM
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To give you some ideas, here are some examples of photos others have taken:

Strip from Stratosphere:
http://www.pbase.com/abh/image/330892

Strip looking south from Eiffel Tower:
http://www.pbase.com/duprejr/image/127315

Welcome Sign:
http://www.pbase.com/jbecker/image/25791495

The best place to photograph the welcome sign is from the middle of the street. I took some out the top of our convertible while my husband drove, but that was during daylight. I don't think that would turn out well at night. Not sure if there are any pedestrian islands you could stand in to get that shot or not.
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Old Nov 21st, 2005, 09:40 AM
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I think an "iconic" photograph necessitates some sense of history. I'd vote for the "Welcome" sign, or photographs of some of the old casinos on Fremont Street. The newer casinos on the strip just aren't iconic in my view.

To get decent photos at night, you either need a tripod for your camera, or a solid surface on which to rest your camera. It's also easier if you have a self-timer - hit the timer and take your hand off so you don't have any worries about slight hand movements causing blurriness.
 
Old Nov 21st, 2005, 09:48 AM
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This is an example of a photo from Fremont St. that I'd consider "iconic". It's not mine (I just did a google search for photos), but the big cowboy is exactly what I was thinking of.
http://community.webshots.com/photo/...69072611yELTyR
 
Old Nov 21st, 2005, 09:57 AM
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I can't answer your question because I haven't been to Vegas since I was a kid MANY years ago. Flippantly I would say you would have to do time travel about 40-50 years in the past for an iconic photo.

I would highly recommend watching the two part American Experience series "Las Vegas" on PBS. It ran last week where I live and my station reran it last night. Maybe you can still catch a rerun.

What memories for someone who was there in the 50's-'60's! My grandmother ran a boarding house right in the middle of Vegas and actual working cowboys stayed there. Agree that the old "Welcome to Las Vegas" is the truly iconic shot.
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Old Nov 21st, 2005, 10:02 AM
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Or you can do what I do: download a nice picture off the Internet and brag how much your photo-taking abilities has improved
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Old Nov 21st, 2005, 10:14 AM
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Personally, I consider the new and modern to definitely be icons of Vegas. Vegas is about glitz and glamour - bigger and better all the time. Which is why, if we all want to photograph icons, we have to know what that means to us personally.
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Old Nov 21st, 2005, 10:31 AM
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Thanks for all the input. I don't want to waste a lot of time wondering where to take a good photo so this has been a HUGE help.

I think we'll try for a couple--the neon-type glitz on Fremont street and the Welcome sign. we'll probably skip the overhead shot from the Stratosphere, etc.--looks too much like any city to me (which is ok for New York or Chicago but doesn't scream "Vegas"). I will probably also take a few shots of the big modern casinos just because that's what Vegas is now.

Weasel - Thanks for the hint about using the self-timer feature--never would have thought of it.

jlm_mi- Love the image of hanging out the top of a convertible to get a shot of teh welcome sign--we might have to try a different tactic, though!

If all else fails, I will go with Fiana's suggestion =)

Thanks, all!
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Old Nov 21st, 2005, 10:53 AM
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Buy the Vegas photo CD for $14.95 from nearly any major hotel giftshop or ABC store and then Photoshop your family into the heirloom-quality original photos.

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Old Nov 21st, 2005, 11:23 AM
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" jlm_mi- Love the image of hanging out the top of a convertible to get a shot of teh welcome sign--we might have to try a different tactic, though!"

Oh yes! Hanging out of a convertible to snap the welcome sign is truly iconic. Not only is it the authentic '50's sign, but an authentic '50's Vegas experience.
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Old Nov 21st, 2005, 12:53 PM
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One of my best photos came from the Mirage volcano. I set a tripod up on the sidewalk at the southeast corner. (This is the corner near where the Mirage property meets the Caesars property.) Slow you shutter speed to blur the action. You'll get great shots of the volcano both while 'exploding' and while lit up with white floodlights between explosions. The best part is that if you get up against the railing, you'll have no other folks in your shot.
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Old Nov 21st, 2005, 12:59 PM
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The view of the Strip from the balcony of the Foundation Room at the Mandalay Bay is amazing!!! Problem is getting on 'the list' to get access.
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