Sunday, September 11, 2011

City of Lights, Las Vegas

Yes, it is a VERY small prop/jet (?) plane!!!  I'm off to Vegas.

After a crazy couple of weeks, I'm finally back on the blog.  One of the premier software programs for photography is Photoshop ... and twice a year, NAPP (National Association of Photoshop Professionals) along with Adobe, put on training seminars for users of their product.  It is a truly amazing group of the best photographers in the world, who meet here just for our benefit.  They spend hours showing us how they capture amazing images and how to make them better.  They even bring their bad images to prove they don't always take perfect pictures, which of course makes us feel infinitely better.  Every one of these talented people will shake your hand and answer any questions you have.  Also available are vendors selling everything you could possibly want, at nice discounted prices.  Good thing I didn't bring my truck this year ... but wait ..  free shipping!!!!!!!

They also have a huge vendor show that will sell you everything ever made for photography.  In the Wescott Lighting booth, they provide models in crazy outfits for our shooting pleasure ... course they want you to buy their lights.  One was dressed as a tree .. no picture here because her wardrobe was painted on!!!
At the end of the days classes, we would go out for dinner.  I attended with my College Instructor Jeff Gwartney and Cyndy Ramos.  Cyndy made all the dinner reservations at some sensational restaurants.  Along the way, we would take all the images we could ... This is part of the new huge City Center.
First was Wolfgang Pucks restaurant in the MGM Grand.  The tomatoe caprese was excellent.  Although the image didn't turn out, we had the most amazing Chocolate Souffle EVER!!!!  
At the Verandah in the Four Seasons, an awesome tomatoe caprese with buffalo mozzarella and a huge piece of halibut.  This restaurant had the best service, best wine, best food, best everything!  I'll be back to this one for sure.
Again at the City Center, no idea what store ... I just liked the glasses!!!
This sells itself ... no I didn't go in any of these stores.  A little out of my price range.
Cyndy didn't take her camera on this trip ... and was always waiting for us to catch up.  This is actually her in the City Center elevator.
The final shot of the strip just as the sun was going down.  Unfortunately, we just didn't have enough camera time.  
So what did I buy at the show???  You'll have to wait until next time.

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