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Vegas Lights

Las Vegas, neon boneyard


Las Vegas, the city of lights. I love and hate Vegas. I love it for the photography aspect but just hate the whole fakeness of t.  It is an overdose of the senses.  In any case, I love the lights and photography. A number of years ago I visited The Neon Museum and they collect old Las Vegas signs.  They are marvels of engineering and these signs consisted of hundreds of lights or yards and yards fo neon tubes.  It’s so cool that you can visit a place to see these.  Naturally, I shot hundreds of images.  I looked for the abstract, shadows and light as well as color.  These are four of the images from that visit.

Las Vegas, neon boneyard


Las Vegas, neon boneyard
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The Neon Boneyard

Old Neon Sign - The Boneyard

I leave on Friday for a ten day trip to Death Valley.   This is one of the most beautiful National Parks there is.  It’s deceiving because you drive into it and you see just desert, but it has it’s surprises. Before I head out to Death Valley I’ll be stopping in Las Vegas, and picking up a friend from Australia and we are going shooting in the Neon Boneyard.  This is a photographers paradise.  This is where they all the old signs from the hotels and casinos in Vegas.  It is rich in texture and color and just about anyplace you point the camera is a good shot.  I will be shooting with my small GH2 camera and doing 5 exposure HDRs.  I have shot medium format here before and just have some amazing shots.  This time I have ideas of what I want to do with the final images and they will not be big prints.  After this little excursion I”ll be headed to Furnace Creek Inn where I will be leading a Phase One PODAS workshop for a week.  We have folks coming from around the world to try out the Phase One camera systems in this marvelous landscape.  You can follow the event on the PODAS blog by Clicking Here.  I’ll post a new shot here tomorrow and if all goes well on Friday night I’ll post a Neon Boneyard shot.