Mandalay Bay waterfall

Mandalay Waterfall Fountain

As the time continues to roll by briskly, we find ourselves near the close of another month.  It also reminds us here in the U S that we are entering the stretch run of the Summer season, yet there are so many things to do. No matter, I am very happy for the fun and experiences of 2012. In the previous post we went poolside in Vegas where I provided a look at a few of the amenities of the MGM Grand's swimming area. Today we take a short walk down Las Vegas Blvd to see one of the Mandalay Bay waterfall fountains. They have quite a few of them on that complex, included a couple featured here earlier. The best time to photograph these is early morning when the light is soft and the people are few. :-)

Mandalay Waterfall & Fountain
Mandalay Waterfall & Fountain

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Shooting from a shady position during the morning allowed me to slow the shutter speed just enough to smooth out the water a little.

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Mandalay Bay Waterfalls

Happy Friday, folks! After a couple of weeks of traveling and living out of a suitcase, it's nice to be back home. I'm looking forward to a quiet, wind-down sort of weekend. ;-)

While in Vegas I visited the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino where I stayed in October of 2010 for the Blogworld & New Media Expo. There is a lovely series of fountains and waterfalls there and last time out I ran short of time and was unable to get all of the shots I wanted. Arriving there just after sunrise, I gave the area a pretty good work out. Below are a couple of the many images captured.

Mandalay Bay Waterfall
Mandalay Bay Waterfall

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The majority of the newer hotels and casinos in Las Vegas have really outstanding architectural features, and Mandalay Bay fits in with the best of them.

Mandalay Bay Waterfalls - Elelphants
Mandalay Bay Waterfalls - Elelphants

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One of the ironies and disappointments in the image above is the fact that the elephants, like in the wild, have had their tusks removed. Each had at least one missing. Sort of symbolic of how they are treated in the real world.

The above images were processed via HDR Efex Pro before being imported into PS for a few final adjustments. The top image was taken late in the outing so it had quite a few spots to cleanup from water drops blowing around the environment.

I will be posting more of these in the future.

Until next time, have a great weekend!

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