The most amount of time I typically spend in Downtown Las Vegas is during the annual Mint 400 off-road race event. My friends and I occasionally head to DTLV for some low rent gambling during our trips, but rarely spend more than a few hours. To give the good people of Freemont Street credit, they’ve done a pretty good job cleaning up the old girl and with the addition of The D Hotel, things look better than ever. It’s definitely not that “scary part of Vegas” people used to talk about.
I was only in town for a short period of time shooting for one of my clients. The Mint 400 was also happening, so there was no way I was going to pass up contingency on Friday and try to sneak in some race time Saturday morning before departing. This was also a chance to checkout some of the street art that is literally all over DTLV. If you’re wondering why there is so much great art downtown, you can thank the Life Is Beautiful Festival. Over the past three years, the festival has taken place downtown and every year select artists are allowed to showcase their work on the buildings. This isn’t graffiti gang signs, this is serious art.
Unfortunately, race and support vehicles blocked several of the shots I wanted to grab, so I grabbed what I could. I plan on heading back soon to capture everything properly with a tall, tall ladder. This was also my first true outing with the Fuji X-T1, 23mm f/1.4 and the new 16-55mm f/2.8 zoom. I plan on diving into a comprehensive review of the 16-55 since its so new to the market, but I can assure you, it’s the tits. Amazing colors, sharp from corner to corner and a nearly perfect focal range for me (24-80mm with crop factor).
After only one day of shooting with the Fuji Classic Chrome film simulation setting, I can see what all the hype is about on the forums. Enjoy the snaps and look for more on the photo gear soon. Cheers!