A view over Las Vegas

House of Blues Foundation Room, Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, NV - Copyright 2015 Martyn Phillips, M4Photo.

House of Blues Foundation Room, Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, NV – Copyright 2015 Martyn Phillips, M4Photo.

Firstly, these blog postings will initially be just plain text but I will be adding in photographs when I can.  To be honest we are working harder and with less down time for blogging than I had anticipated and this is a good thing because I am learning loads from Paul.

Wednesday began with a half mile walk between hotels – Monte Carlo to the Luxor. It was cool for Vegas but still hot enough to make most of the walk through the adjoining hotels. Mark was flying in this morning and we met at check in, dropped our bags and headed out to meet Paul and ‘The Vig’. After lunch we drove out to get some supplies for our trip and then back for a briefing for our first photo opportunity.

After a few false starts where we were blocked by the FAA or hotel managements not wishing to allow access to their roofs, Paul had managed to get permission for us to venture up to the Foundation Room at the top of the Mandalay Bay hotel.

Over a drink in the lobby, Paul guided us through what to expect and some camera settings to use as a starting point. Filters would not be needed, but he did share a really neat tip with us that made all the difference.  Cityscape photography comes alive when you underexpose and use the F-Stop to bring out star bursts around the lights and how to expose for light trails from the car lights.

So, it was back to the room for a gear check before meeting to head up to the top of the hotel. The staff were superb. We were expected and the security even cleared and area on the balcony for us and roped it off. We only had a short time and we shared one tripod between us. This was great because it gave me a chance to see how Paul works and I had some great one on one instruction in taking a rooftop cityscape at night

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