On Top of the World

(Rebel XSi, Tamron 17-35 2.8, 17mm, ISO 100, F8, five exposure HDR)

I’ve been to Las Vegas a lot over the last four years, mainly for my day job. We have a couple of clients there and on occasion they involve extended stays. While I don’t always pay attention to all the newest buildings and attractions, it had been so long since my last visit that there was a ton of cool stuff to see.

This parking garage is an 8-story behemoth that apparently serves an amazing set of structures called The World Market. The reason I even ventured up here was the view it had of the interchange between the 15 and the 515. As always happens though, the shot I wasn’t planning on became my favorite from the excursion.

The journey up here was a bit freaky. The garage was empty save a few cars at the bottom. The hallway to the elevators was barely lit on the first floor. I took them up to the 8th and ended up in a hallway with zero lights. But the sun was still shining a bit, so it wasn’t bad. But when I was done shooting and returned to the elevators…well, it was PITCH black. I had to pull out the ol’ cell phone in order to light up the room enough to push the elevator button.

It was a bit too quiet and a little creepy. It was like an old, abandoned building except for the fact that it was brand new.

I loved the parking garage though. It was newer, so everything had this clean, crisp feel to it. Really dug how the World Market building itself complimented the “parkade” and  stood out like a monolith against the evening sky.

Ah, but if it wasn’t for that arrow, I probably wouldn’t have liked it half as much.

On a side note, you might guess how sad I was that there were no clouds around to include in this image 🙂

  • BeachsidePaul

    Awesome shot Mike, love the colors! And to think, I didn’t even know what the hell a “parkade” was before this post 🙂

  • http://www.behindmyeyes.me Jim Denham

    Man, that building is awesome! Great composition Mike – love the shot!

  • http://www.behindmyeyes.me Jim Denham

    Sorry Mike, I did not mean to connect my comment to my last post. Will make sure it doesn’t happen again!

  • http://dudewithcamera.com Jesse

    Really nice light. Love the color of the building in this

  • http://heathofee.com Heath O’Fee

    Nice, Mike…awesome colours!

    And thanks for the secret shout out 😉

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  • http://www.lightasmagic.com Justin

    Nice post-p on that one. Great composition as well.

  • http://toomuchglass.net/ Mark Garbowski

    Somehow missed this in my feed review earlier. Love this scene. It’s like some ancient monolith.