News and Views from Dave Wilson

The Adventure Begins

by on Feb.14, 2010, under Photography

Paris, Las Vegas

Paris, Las Vegas, originally uploaded by DaveWilsonPhotography.

I’m sitting in a lovely, new Best Western hotel at the entrance to Zion Canyon in Utah having arrived here about 30 minutes ago with 4 other photographers all eager to spend a week shooting landscapes in what must surely be one of the most spectacular places in North America. Although the real workshop doesn’t start until tomorrow, I’ve already had a full day of photography thanks to the fact that I arrived at our meeting point, Las Vegas, a day early due to the non-availability of frequent flyer tickets today.

I had a great time taking pictures of some of the hotels and casinos on The Strip for about 7 hours yesterday afternoon at the end of which time, I had one of those amazing “small world” coincidences when my younger brother’s best friend from Lanark Grammar School bumped into me outside the Flamingo. I’d not seen Malcolm Garden in about 20 years so, of course, we had to go and have a beer. The beer multiplied and ended up being 5 beers and a very good steak dinner so I didn’t get a change to process any images last night.

One side effect of the beer and dinner (and, probably also the 2 hour time difference) was that I was wide awake at 4:40am so, after a couple of Tylenol, I got several photos processed this morning. The one shown here was taken outside Paris (as if you couldn’t guess that) just after sunset. It’s a combination of 3 different exposures, processed to look completely natural and I’m very happy with the result.

There are plenty more images to come so check back since I expect I’ll be posting images from this trip for quite some time.

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