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Las Vegas Indoor (Architecture Fisheye Study)

Interior spaces in Las Vegas are awe inspiring. In the more opulent areas no expense was spared to maintain a visual theme. They were meant to be explored. There is no better lens to document a vast space in a creative way like the fisheye. Make sure you click on the images below to experience them full size in your monitor!

This restaurant in the Wynn Casino was extremely interesting. These parisols were rising and falling from the ceiling so getting a crisp shot required a lot of light, provided by the glass wall in the rear. The interesting curves were further enhanced by the fisheye.

Parisol Down in the Wynn (D3s, ISO200, f/2.8, HDR through Nikkor 10.5mm Fisheye)

This little restaurant called La Cave was reminiscent of a wine tasting cellar. I shot this through the glass when the restaurant was completely dark. The low ISO capability of the D3s never ceases to amaze me. Yes thats right, the notes below the image say ISO 3200!

La Cave (D3s, ISO3200, f/2.8, HDR through Nikkor 10.5mm Fisheye)

The scale, detail, texture, and lighting of the grand hallways outside the ballrooms in the Wynn were amazing. The fisheye does an excellent job of capturing the vast scale of the space.

Wynn Grand Hallway (D3s, ISO400, f/2.8, HDR through Nikkor 10.5mm Fisheye)

The Grand Canal Shops at the Venetian were amazing as well.

Canal Shoppes at the Venetian (D3s, ISO400, f/2.8, HDR through Nikkor 10.5mm Fisheye)

When you see the fantastic space at Todd English's "Olives" restaurant at the Bellagio, you have to go in for a cocktail and check out the fountains on the veranda. Unfortunately the restaurant was closed but they had nibbles at the bar.

Olives Restaurant at the Bellagio (D3s, ISO200, f/2.8, HDR through Nikkor 10.5mm Fisheye

You can't finish without a shot of the Shoppes at Caesars Palace. This isn't your typical Mall!

How Caesar would Shop (D3s, ISO800, f/2.8, HDR through Nikkor 10.5mm Fisheye)

Photogs Note:

Why the Fisheye you ask?  It distorts the crap out of everything you say!  The secret to the Fisheye is Hyper Focal Length.  At 10.5mm and f/2.8 I can focus on something 4 feet away and everything from about 2 feet to infinity is sharp as a tack in focus.  Everything.  Obviously this is not a lens you want to shoot the bride with unless you want her to look like a horse.  However, for outdoor spaces and complex vast indoor spaces where a little distortion can be considered "artistic" it is a great lens.  At f/2.8 it gathers a ton of light, at f/16 it starbursts the sun like the best of them, and it smaller size make it a pleasure to bolt onto the D3s and run around with.  Did I mention almost 180 degrees of image viewing angle.  The only downside is that you better keep your fingers back when framing if you don't want them in the picture.  In moderation its a great lens!

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