On my last trip to Las Vegas, I was delighted to be able to take a few quick shots of this 1970 Chevelle that was sitting in the garage of my good friends Darren and Tina. It was a great way for us to warm up our shootin’ chops before the wedding we were going to shoot later that day. So here it is, the 1970 Chevelle.
Glenn and Ophelia were married on April 17, 2011 at the stunning Canyon Gate Country Club in Las Vegas, Nevada. The wedding ceremony was punctuated by a dramatic vista, and picture perfect weather…literally.
I was honored to join Tina of Peas & Honey Photography to capture this beautiful couple exchange their vows in front of their friends and family.
Glenn and Ophelia met each other at a party, and quickly hit it off. What makes them unique is they are truly from opposite sides of the planet. He is originally from England, while she hails from Hong Kong. The mixture of the two families coming together from those two places, and everywhere in between was pure magic as they celebrated the wedding of Glenn and Ophelia.
There is something enchanting about street photography, it can be charged with emotion, very often it can be perceived as exploitative, and is generally an editorialized view of the people and events on the street worldwide.
Street photography gives us a glimpse of the culture in which the photographer is operating in. Sometimes the image is a vignette, an abstract of a much wider scene. I have always liked the shooting from the hip approach, there is a certain randomness to it, you never know what you are going to get…and here is my favorite hip-shot of the moment.
One of my goals for this last trip to Vegas was to capture one of the more unique buildings with the lights of cars streaking across the frame. It was a concept I was toying with for the better part of a week leading up to my arrival to Las Vegas.
I scouted this nook just outside of Harrahs Casino earlier in the day, and thought this would be the perfect location for an evening shot with Las Vegas traffic buzzing by. The problem was my tripod was a couple blocks away inside the trunk of my car, and I knew it would take me at least half an hour just to find the car once I got to the parking garage, and time was running out.
Fortunately, there was a low fence rail I could use to rest the camera on. The sun disappeared below the horizon, and I was blessed with some clouds blotting the deep almost glowing blue sky. So, I took a few test shots, starting at about 1/30th of a second, until I was right around one full second before everything felt and looked right. Then it was a matter of waiting for a few cars to pass in front of me; I tried to time the shutter as the cars were just entering the frame. Not having a tripod was the biggest, and most limiting factor, I was definitely missing it. I had several blurry shots before I took this one, while not too blurry, I know it would be much crisper if I had that dang tripod. Holding the camera completely still while tourists were hopping on the rail so their friends could take some grab shots made this exercise both exhausting, and frustrating.
After taking this shot, and several more just like it with varying degrees of blurriness, I figured I would flip the camera on it’s side, and try a few portrait compositions…if shooting in landscape was challenging, portrait was even more so.
This was truly a lesson I will take to heart, next time I’m bringing the tripod!