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January 17, 2011

AE | The Weekend Lens

I spent this past weekend in Vegas with many of the design team members and designers who create products for Designer Digitals. It was a chance for us to come together and share laughter and stories and meet in person.

As you can imagine there were many cameras on hand and lots of talk about ISO, aperture, macro, night-shooting, photoshop, etc. It was awesome to see Vegas through the lens of each person’s camera.

Here’s a look at some of the things I captured over the weekend:

On Friday night a big group of us embarked on a photo-walk. It was cool to just walk around the strip with the intent of seeing it through the lens of my camera.

For me there was lots of looking up.

One of the highlights for me was getting a chance to get to know Jessica Hunt. She lives here locally and we’ve just not had the chance in the past to make time to get together.

I’m pretty sure this weekend sealed a new friendship.

I arrived home last night safe and sound, excited to be back with my family again.

Comments

  • 1.
    Sarah said…

    welcome home :)

  • 2.
    dawn said…

    love these!! Glad your home safe and sound with the family.

  • 3.
    Sally said…

    AWESOME pictures Ali. Glad you had a nice weekend!

  • 4.
    kelly said…

    never been to vegas, but boy you make it look good. and that red coat. dang! perfect. glad you are tucked away back home safe and sound. happy monday!

  • 5.
    Tracy said…

    beautiful pics, Ali! TFS!

  • 6.
    Sandra said…

    those are great photos. it’s always fun to see others perspective through their lens.
    thanks for sharing.

  • 7.
    kelly X said…

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the pictures. It’s cool seeing a place I’ve been to a few times through the eyes of someone else.

  • 8.
    Jill Broyles said…

    glad you had such a great time, as your pictures show. thanks for sharing.

  • 9.
    Judy Webb said…

    night time photos, such a challenge. Thanks

  • 10.
    tetcy said…

    so fun to have a few “you-days”, even if they’re for work. :)

  • 11.
    Ingrid said…

    Love your view of Vegas. These are just so inspiring. Makes me want to go tomorrow.

  • 12.
    Fe Louis said…

    Excellent photos. It was a very interesting perspective of Las Vegas which took into account more than just the money. Thanks for the experience.

  • 13.
    Melissa said…

    I love so many of these photos. They seem so crip and clear. Do you mind sharing what kind of camera you took these with? My digital pics still don’t seem as good as my tried and true 35 mm camera, but maybe I am doing something wrong with digital.

  • 14.
    Melissa said…

    p.s. woops, meant to say crisp not crip!

  • 15.
    Susan Wilson said…

    Beautifully composed photos. Intereting depth of field on the abstracts.

    Glad you had a good time.

  • 16.
    Helen said…

    Beautiful photos Ali.

  • 17.
    playcrane said…

    Excellent pics!

  • 18.
    Lisa Walters said…

    Never been to Vegas either. But loving your “view”. The sites and sounds and seeing it through your lens is awesome. Glad your home safely:)

  • 19.
    sandie said…

    I loved Vegas when I was there. AMAZING photo opportunities – it’s great to see yours.

  • 20.
    Kirsten H said…

    Ohhh the patterns! So love it

  • 21.
    Mikki McGehee said…

    I live in Las Vegas and I absolutely love seeing photos that people take while they’re here. Sometimes I forget all the cool potential of my own city.

  • 22.
    Jill said…

    Finding LIGHT – love it :)

  • 23.
    Dawn Nikol said…

    I wish I had known you would be here! I’ve lived here for over 10 years and it’s always more fun when “newbies” are in town. ;)

  • 24.
    Jess said…

    I had a blast! Love that we had to go to Vegas to finally get together….we’ll definitely have to make time to have some good local fun too :)

  • 25.
    Lyndee said…

    I used to think I was a pretty good photographer. Since becoming a blogger, I’ve realized there’s just so much more I want to find out and….I’m not quite at the level I’d like to be at.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I feel the exact same way :) . There’s always more to learn…

  • 26.
    sarah said…

    so colorful! sounds like you had a wonderful time.

  • 27.
    Lori said…

    Wow! I live here and have never thought of doing anything like that. Makes this city and it’s surroundings look very cool!

  • 28.
    nerdgrl said…

    Great photos. You’re always an inspiration with your particular “eye”. Love it.

  • 29.
    Pattie said…

    Ahh…how nice to relive our weekend through your eyes Ali. Almost as enjoyable as actually spending time with you … but not quite! I’m still hearing your voice in my head and usually laughing at what it’s saying! :)

  • 30.
    susan garner said…

    Las Vegas is my town.Glad you had fun here.

  • 31.
    Anne S said…

    Awesome pix! My hubby and I are heading to Vegas next weekend for a long overdue anniversary weekend alone. After all your stunning pix, I am even more excited to go!

  • 32.
    Carrie said…

    Ah, so that’s where you were! When I was in Vegas, I enjoyed “looking up” so much that I started a whole series on instagram of photos of all the beautiful chandeliers in the hotels and casinos. It’s always interesting to me how different the perspective can be when you look up. :)

  • 33.
    Tammy B said…

    Is that a winter coat you are wearing?! Next time I’m in Vegas I’m going to try and get some photos like yours. The first time, it was all about seeing everything but I’d love to get some really nice extreme close-ups!!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      It is – it was cooler in the evening. Nice during the day but definitely not hot.

  • 34.
    Chrystie DeSmet said…

    Love these close ups! Nice job! Thanks for sharring! :)

  • 35.
    Rosa said…

    Loved your photos and am enjoying your blog.
    I have always wanted to visit Las Vegas.

  • 36.
    Amy said…

    Great photos! I think I need a trip to warm Vegas about right now!

  • 37.
    lynne moore said…

    awesome look at vegas. We did the same when my inlaws visted, only we just took in the new City Center and Aria hotel. and it was my daughter and i taking the pictures mostly…

  • 38.
    anna r. said…

    hi ali,
    i love your photos, can i just say i love your perspective?! i’ve been following your blog, and i really do love all of what you have here… your photos are breathtaking! would you mind sharing some of the tips how you did those shots? i’ve been dabbling with my camera but nothing comes close with your shots! yours are just awesome! i would love to play with night shots and lights as well… good thing you have vegas there… but us here in asia, particularly in the philippines, there are just a few places to visit. thanks for sharing your passion ali… you are an inspiration!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Anna – I wish I had some more specific tips for you other than just turn your camera to the sky. Actually, here’s something: one of the big things I try to do/keep in mind is look for “pieces of the whole.” You’ll notice here that most of these shots are off to the side (or to the top or bottom). When I look through the viewfinder I deliberately will move the subject to an edge – I especially love the shots with lots of “blank” space (also called white space).

    • ….
      anna r. said…

      thanks ali, that’s a wonderful insight… i will bear that in mind… that will help me improve my perspective. thanks so much ali! :)

  • 39.
    cinback said…

    What a beautiful perspective…

  • 40.
    lindsey said…

    darn cute shoes, did they take the beatin’ with all of that walking?

  • 41.

    sounds like a fantastic weekend i’m envious of you ladies but it was well deserved i’m sure! any big winners???

  • 42.
    Anna Aspnes said…

    Cool to catch up Ali!

  • 43.
    Yolanda S said…

    Great pics! Sounds like you all had a fabulous weekend…and that picture of those yummy-looking glasses is making me thirsty! ;-)

  • 44.

    Nice night shots could you give us some tips?

  • 45.
    Rachel Greig said…

    Awesome photos Ali!

  • 46.
    Nancy Wyatt said…

    Amazing photos! I really do hope that one day my photos will be that great! hugs from conroe, tx!

  • 47.
    Marsaille said…

    Is it any surprise to you that you had a retreat weekend in a city known for it LIGHTs? You got a new friend out of it too. Glad you had a great time!

  • 48.
    sheri said…

    cute red jacket and jeans, Ali. would you be able to share where they came from?

    thanks!
    Sheri

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