Viva Las Vegas

On March 12, 2013, in Entertainment, Travel, by admin

The Mirage casino and resort on Las Vegas Blvd. All images by: Norm Johnstone © 2013

The Mirage casino and resort on Las Vegas Blvd. All images by: Norm Johnstone © 2013

Viva Las Vegas – yes another trip to the magnificent Las Vegas, Nevada or as some people call it, “Sin City!!” This trip was back in October, of 2011, yes, that’s right, 2011. I know it’s been a while but I had a few other projects come up so the images taken in Vegas had to be put on hold until I had some time to edit through and process them.

As you can see in this gallery of images, I concentrated a lot on some landmark casinos, hotels, signs, and also worked on getting some “nighttime” shots on Las Vegas Blvd. I had planned on doing some “nighttime” photography on my previous trip, however after leaving the hotel with my photography gear, it started raining, so I was out of luck and it was my last night there. I thought to myself I guess it will have to wait until the next time I’m here. Most of my landscape shots that I took throughout the day, were taken with my Canon 5D and my Canon 17-40 f 4.0 lens, usually with a circular polarizer to help reduce reflections and also make the sky a bit more dark.

Went to the Cirque du soleil “O” show at the Bellagio, as well as the Cirque du soleil “Viva Elvis” show at Aria. Both shows were fantastic, although the “Viva Elvis” show has since ended and its last performance was on August 31, 2012. It has been replaced by, “Zarkana,” another Cirque du Soleil show which is fantastic as well. On my most recent trip to Vegas, I saw the new show, “Zarkana” and one of the feature segments was a woman who is a “sand artist.” I have never seen anything like it in my life. She was so talented and could come up with images using sand and her hands in split seconds—truly amazing!! The highlight on this trip was the, “Million Dollar Piano,” show featuring the one and only, “Elton John,” performed at Caesar’s Palace. The show was unbelievable and just out of this world—a must see if you have the opportunity. Elton really rocked the Colosseum theatre.

Cirque du Soleil has taken over the show scene in Las Vegas, as it seems like it’s everywhere. Cirque du Soleil was founded by two Canadians who were originally street performers, Guy Laliberté and Gilles Ste-Croix, and is based out of Montreal, Quebec.

As a travel destination, Las Vegas has so much to offer, especially in the entertainment industry, and is definitely one of my favourite places to visit.

Viva Las Vegas!!


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