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Las Vegas: The Strip, Night

Once astronomical twilight occurs, the lights of Vegas dazzle all but the most jaded individual. And it is not just the light but the show — the lights are choreographed to put on a spectacular display. For instance, the "strings" on the Hard Rock Cafe's huge guitar turn off and on — I happened to catch it with only one string turned off.

As a photographer, it is fun just to study the various displays — even shooting a pattern of lights without revealing the big picture. Anyone care to guess what this is?

Even my little buddy, Johnny, knows this landmark. Where else but Las Vegas would one find a McDonalds sign with loads of neon and flashing lights?

And for those with more discriminating tastes, the high-end designer brands join in the spectacle.

Even a plain building — be it condos or offices — adds the sparkle of lights at the corners, changing colors in synchronized fashion.

Finally, we reached the end of our photo walk — right on time to see the dancing waters of the Bellagio, just as we planned it.

Their website describes the experience as a "complimentary Las Vegas show of water, music and light thoughtfully interwoven to mesmerize its admirers. All for your amusement, the most ambitious, choreographically complex water feature ever conceived amazes against the beautiful backdrop of Las Vegas' lavender sky. Each dynamic performance from the Fountains collection is unique in its expression and interpretation. Fall in love with the stunning nature of this unprecedented aquatic accomplishment while relishing a clever concert of opera, classical and Broadway tunes."

No question about it — the show is mesmerizing!

Although our photo walk was now complete, I could not help but capture a few more beautiful nighttime sights such as the venerable Caesars Palace.

And the Montgolfière hot air balloon at Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino.

And the even more famous Eiffel Tower (albeit half scale) at the same property.

This photo walk was an absolute blast — but my legs were so tired by the end that I decided to take a taxi back to my hotel. If Photoshop World offers a similar event the next time I attend, I will definitely sign up again.


Life is good.

B. David

P. S., All photos and text © B. David Cathell Photography, Inc. — www.bdavidcathell.com