Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Night Photography/Midway in Circus Circus - Lake Tahoe/Reno 2012 (Part 4)

If you live in the SF Bay Area, you probably know it never snows here. Many people like me who live in the SF Bay Area love snow. The nearest place that does get snow is in Lake Tahoe and Reno. Many of us go there in the winter to go ski and snowboard, but for me, I don't like any of that. I enjoy taking photos of snow and playing in it. :) Here are photos of Lake Tahoe and Reno I took during my trip in Christmas of 2012. I will be splitting them into several parts as I took a lot of photos there. Hope you enjoy.

Full Resolution Photos and Prints: If you want to see full resolution photos or buy prints of any of the photos you see, they are up on my portfolio for viewing. To see my best Lake Tahoe/Reno/Donner Lake photos from 2012, use this link. To see my best sunset and night photos of 2012, use this link. To see all of my photos from this trip, use this link.

Parts: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11

Before I get started today, I would like to tell you about a great product to add to your camera bag. The product I would like to tell you about today is called the Giottos Rocket Air Blaster. This product is pretty much a rubber air blower. You squeeze on the ball and a big puff of air comes out of the tip. I always use this product on my lens before I wipe to get rid of any big  particles that could potentially scratch my lens. It usually does a good job and I don't even need to wipe! This product also lets me dislodge any dust that have gotten onto my sensor without even touching it. This is usually all I need to bring my sensor back to a clean state. Not only is this product great for cameras, I also use it to dust my keyboard and mouse. Another great feature that sets this product apart from other air blowers is that it includes a patented one way valve that prevents you from sucking up and dust that you have just dislodged! Greatest invention ever and I never regretted my purchase because it is so useful. If you don't have one, you should get a Giottos Rocket Air Blaster now! The company makes the product in 3 sizes: Large (Also Available In Red), Medium, and Small. The company also makes a Q-Ball Version that has a flexible tip that can be angled.

Okay, now let's get started with today's photos. :) The photos for today are some of the photos I took on the second day of my trip at night. It includes some night time long exposures, indoor long exposures, and some photos from the performance I saw at Circus Circus. For the performance, the rest of the photos of the performance will come in the next blog post.

 Like I showed you in Part 2, it was snowing in Reno. This view was taken from Harrah's parking lot. If you compare it to the same view in Part 1, I think you'd agree with me that the snow adds a nice "fog" to the whole image bringing out all the lights in the buildings. In fact, I used my Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT to capture a few falling snow flakes. See those dots in the upper right hand corner? Those were snowflakes falling captured with several flashes (Using Multi) of my Speedlite

Afterward, I went into the city to take some of the snowy landscape in the city. Very different from the dry landscapes I showed you in Part 1. Great photo ideas here!

 Here is another night long exposure with part of a car captured using my Speedlite

Try out a Giottos Rocket Air Blaster today!

It was a bit cold and wet outside for me so I headed back to the hotel. Here is a long exposure I did indoors at Harrah's before the security guard headed my way. LOL Probably was going to tell me not to loiter. Anyways, just got one shot before I went to go drop off some stuff in my room and headed to Circus Circus.  

Midway at Circus Circus! This photo actually turned out great, but I was testing out my camera settings (ISO, Aperture) before the show started.  

 And the show begins!

It was an okay show, but wish there were more performers. 

These are all the photos I have for today. I hope you have enjoyed all of the night long exposures and the photo of the performance at Circus Circus! The rest of the photos I took of the performance will come next time. Thank you for looking! Please don't forget to share the blog post with your friends and family members! Also, if you want to get notifications when I post up more photos, "Like" us on Facebook or follow me on Twitter and Google+. These links can also be found on the top of the right sidebar.

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