Blue hour at Paris Las Vegas

Vegas is crowded, but not at 6am!

I like Las Vegas.  I don't love it, but I like it.  It's an interesting town, and there is a lot to shoot there.  The biggest problem with it though is that it is crowded!  It's hard to get a clean shot of anything there...and I prefer my shots to be devoid of tourists.  They kinda ruin it for me.

So, how do you solve that problem?  Get up really early!

Blue hour on the Las Vegas Strip...so beautiful that time of day!

Theoretically, you could stay up really late and wait out the crowds, but since Las Vegas is pretty much a party town, you would likely be up all night.  I prefer to get up early and get out to shoot while everyone else is asleep.  It's hard, but doable.  Really hard, I might add.  But that's what caffeine is for.  That way you don't fall asleep in your afternoon meetings.  Or, maybe you do.  Either way, at least you got some shots!

I like their version of the Arc de Triomphe - pretty large too!

In addition to shooting when the streets are empty, I also absolutely love blue hour, especially in the morning.  It's so beautiful to see the sky turn such a brilliant shade of blue. 

Looking up at the Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas...

In Las Vegas, where there is a neon sign at every turn, it's especially beautiful to me.  I love how the lights of the town contrast with the blue in the sky.  Just one of those things that I love about photography.

So next time you are in Las Vegas, find a morning when you can wander The Strip pretty early.  You'll be happy with all the shots you get.

A slightly different look at the Eiffel Tower.