Stolen Pixels

stealing light. capturing moments.


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End of the Line

The Stratosphere has a couple of “rides” on top of the tower. In this one, people ride in a rollercoaster-type car that stops at the end of that rail–and then plunges towards the ground. Two pictures this time! (Tech notes: I really don’t like the noise level in these; that’s a problem that I’m finding with this camera. At ISO 800 and 1600, there really shouldn’t be this much noise. I might try some noise tests with a RAW later.)

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Distance

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!