One of the must-do things in Las Vegas is watching the Fountains of Bellagio in a show of water, music and light.
Because it’s so crowded down there (and I’m sooo not used to crowds anymore) I decided to go with my tripod and only one lens.
Whenever I go with one lens I almost always choose my 24-105L because it’s so versatile. In the case of the fountain it would have been nice to have my wide angle, but these are the sacrifices we make!
As the water danced across the pool in intricate designs and patterns I was photographing at as wide an angle as I could: 24mm. I wasn’t staying in one of the fancy hotels with a view of the fountain either, so I had to make due with the street level view.
I tried to get as far back as I could, without stepping onto the street behind me, so I could include some other features like the street lamp and silhouettes of the onlookers.
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In my first attempt at photographing the fountain the show went by very fast! I realized I was missing half of the potential shots because after I take an image it is displayed on the LCD screen for 2 seconds before I can take the next shot.
Before the next show started, I turned that feature off which allowed me to take continuous shots throughout the show.
Once I got that right I moved to a new location on the other side of the fountain where I could get the Eiffel Tower from the Paris Hotel in the background.
It’s a bit tricky to get the exposure right because it changes based on the amount of water visible at any given moment.
If a ton of water suddenly shoots up into the sky, the lights on the water will be extremely bright and totally blow out all the highlights in your image.
What I did was set my camera to ISO400 and f/16 and then if there was only a little bit of water I would do a 2 second exposure. If there was a lot of water, I would quickly change it to a 1 second exposure.
I just kept taking images throughout the show without attempting to time what was happening with the water.
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