While visiting Vegas for three short days, it really came down to the wire of me capturing a night shot of the Las Vegas strip. I tried visiting the rooftop of the Stratosphere, but was told tripods were not allowed up on top of the roof. Why? I still have absolutely no idea. So, my family proceeded to the roof while I walked off in a huff to the nearest parking garage. I was then quickly approached in an empty parking lot by a couple of security guards on bikes. They told me that the parking lot (the top most part of this parking garage) was closed. They also proceeded to tell me that they don't allow tripods anywhere on the Stratosphere premises. SERIOUSLY? Needless to say, it sent my blood pressure sky rocketing and I was quickly beginning to hate Vegas.
The second night, we decided to do the Eiffel Tower, but they closed the tower due to lightning. Great. Just freaking great!!
Fast forward to our last night in Vegas. Another attempt at Paris and the Eiffel Tower. My son smuggled in the tripod. I came in last, blending in with the crowd like a chameleon or super spy from mission impossible. I didn't talk to my family until were all up at the top. We all made it. Tripod and all. (giggity) This here photograph was the last ditch effort of my attempts to get a shot of the Las Vegas strip at night. It's nothing like I wanted or had envisioned, but it sure did wet my appetite and cooled down my anger a little bit over businesses and morons in general who are
banning hating those pesky, menacing, evil tripods that were created to eliminate off all of man kind from existence. Muhahahahaha!!
I must leave now, so that I can continue my efforts in conquering the world.
Really nice shot for a LAW BREAKING CRIMINAL type! Glad you got the shot - not sure I get the tripod issue though (sniper rifle deterence?)
John on 6th December 2011 @ 12:08am
Ok....After further investigation - i have found that the "tripod" policy is throughout Vegas and is due to Casino PR marketing protection. They don't want those pesky tourists taking commercial (professional) photographs of their property without their permission and posting them on-line.
John on 6th December 2011 @ 12:24am
Thanks for the info, John. I didn't know it applied to all of Las Vegas. That's good to know. Should I ever visit again, perhaps I should carry my tripod in a sniper rifle case, instead of out in the open. Maybe then, I would be able to get my tripod up on roof tops easier. :-)
Ken Dobson on 6th December 2011 @ 9:56am