After making time-lapse videos in Los Angeles for several years I started wondering how Las Vegas would look like from my perspective. My expectations were high and I couldn’t be happier with what I accomplished in just a few days.
I left California around 4 PM the day before Thanksgiving. Big mistake! It took me almost 10 hours to get to Las Vegas. The freeway was packed all the way until I passed Victorville.
Once I got to the hotel I asked the woman at the front desk if she could suggest any good spots for panoramic photography in the area and she only mentioned Sunrise Mountain. She also said that I had to be careful because the area was kind of dangerous.
The following morning I prepared everything to explore the northern side of Las Vegas and drove to the Sunrise Mountain area. I was shocked by what I saw on my way to the mountain. There is so much poverty in that part of the city that it felt like I wasn’t really in Las Vegas.
Once you pass the ugly area you will start seeing nicer homes and cleaner streets and the best thing is that you don’t have to be at the top of the mountain to get a nice view of the city.
The air quality was incredible. There were no clouds but the time-lapse photo sequences came out really nice. I stayed until late because I wanted to capture the city lights as well.
That area of Las Vegas is very quiet as the action is always on The Strip, however, I saw a few people hiking on the other side of the road. It was a cold day in the desert.
Once I finished with the skyline I headed back to The Strip, specifically to the Eiffel Tower at the Parisian. Although tripods are now allowed because the space is limited I could use one carefully.
The following morning I worked on more photo sequences from the hotel room as you can see in the photos below: