Location: Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino - Las Vegas, September 2010
Camera: Canon 40D
Lens: Canon 17-85mm EFS USM
Exposure details: 1/200 sec @ f/10 ISO100 +/- 2 stops
Processing: 3 exposures merged into 1 HDR image via Photomatix Pro
The Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino was located next door to the Luxor where we spent the first 3 nights of our stay in Vegas. When I was wondering around looking at the wealth of inspiration outside the front doors of the hotel I turned from my viewpoint of the Luxor and took a few steps towards the Mandalay Bay. The most amazing golden glow immediately caught my eye with the warm desert sun glinting of the detailed metal work on the hotel. I adjusted my stance a few times until I managed to get the sunburst on the corner of the hotel. The Mandalay Bay Casino opened in 1998 and is connected to the Luxor hotel via a monorail and shopping centre.
I cant wait to go back to the states. I really want to travel across the country in an open top car for a few weeks. I expect I could do it for a few years and still not see everything I wanted to. I'm really thankful my dad took me on this little adventure, showing me some of the sights he had come across in his travels. I've really been bitten by the travel bug and he's fully to blame.
Right so what does 2012 have in store photography wise? Well I've booked a little boys trip to Barcelona with the skaters from Yorkshire and I'm already giddy as hell about it despite the fact that we dont fly until April! I've already started my bucket list for Barcelona and I've been researching the area both for photography opportunities and the night life which sounds amazing in itself. Really glad I've got that to look forward to. Otherwise no immediate travel plans but I do hope to get out and about a bit more around the UK this year.
The plan tomorrow is to get up early and try and catch the sunrise on the east coast. Most likely a revisit to Flamborough Head near Bridlington. Hopefully if I can tear myself away from my cosy Bed at 6am in the mo0rning there will be some shots to follow :)
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