The Stratosphere in Las Vegas is, like everything else, a hotel and casino, but it also has a tall Space Needle-like tower that tourists can ascend and see the city. The view really is quite impressive. If you can see the strange streak-looking light three-quarters of the way into the picture from the left, you’re looking at the light from the Luxor hotel–a pyramid-shaped casino in the middle of the city. The light is the brightest beam in the world, at 42.3 billion candela (lumens). At 315 kilowatts, that’s an expensive light bill!
The reason I didn’t post at all last week is because I was in Las Vegas (thoughts here). This is a shot in front of Ceasar’s Palace. Most of my images this week will probably be Vegas-city-themed, but don’t worry, I stayed away from all the racy stuff (as much as I could).
I was actually playing with long exposure shots whilst driving (not recommended) when I decided to take a picture of Main Street. I don’t know why I like this picture so much, I suppose it’s just the whole nighttime mood combined with the red light wait. Back to the long exposure shots — I think I’m going to try it out with a different method of transport, perhaps an improvised dolly or something similar. I liked the effect, but the car movement provided too much shake.