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Old Jul 26, 2009, 6:37 PM   #1
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Life in the fast lane.

Watching the sunrise:





An interesting atmospheric condition - it wasn't raining.



My usual attempts to capture this scene involve trying to capture a reflection caused by a mirage. In this case, it was reflected in water (rather unusual).



We had lunch in a lush, green environment:



Near lots of waterfalls:



A Mirage of a different sort. And just beyond the waterfalls:



All right, not the greatest pictures in the world. What was interesting was that all the water that helped to create such nice reflections (and there was a lot of it) was almost gone this morning. It isn't going to take long to return this lake back to its normally dry state.
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Old Jul 26, 2009, 6:40 PM   #2
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Harriet - some interesting photos there! Nice perspective on a very different place.
By the way, around here we call those little rainbows "sundogs" - the old fokls say the sun is out walking his dog! Usually comes with thin cirrus clouds - whose ice crystals refract the sunlight. I've tried unsuccessfully a number of times to capture one - yours looks great!
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Old Jul 26, 2009, 7:21 PM   #3
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Harriet-

Great shots! I guess you could call, Las Vegas, sort of one of Nevada's State Parks because they pull in so much tax revenue there. Have fun.

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Old Jul 26, 2009, 9:20 PM   #4
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Thanks for the information about what caused the rainbow - I had no idea and wondered. You can see the thin cirrus clouds in this shot.

Sarah - I think that Las Vegas is one of the reasons Nevada has no state income tax - between the mining and the money the casinos rake in, they don't need to. While my Mom walked out of the Mirage with some extra money, my husband left a similar amount in one of those one-armed bandits. I, on the other hand, ignored the machines and spent the time wandering around and taking pictures. Much more interesting.

The first 4 pictures were taken through the windshield or side window of a car traveling around 70 mph by the way. All pictures were taken with the K-7, the 4 out of the window were taken with the DA 55-300 and the ones taken inside and outside of the Mirage Casino were taken with the 77 Ltd. I didn't want to take the camera bag, so took the camera with just the 77 mounted.

As a follow-up, I had planned on testing the K-7 in Vegas yesterday to see if the dreaded line would appear. It was actually fairly cool due to the clouds and bit of rain they had. So I walked around today trying to recreate what I did when the other camera showed it. No lines at all, so I'm really happy!
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Nice series. Looks like your having plenty of fun with that new camera and it's good to hear you used your time more effectively than gambling.

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Hi Harriet. Photo No 3 is very interesting. All these ice crystal reflections have names. I'll post a web reference later to help ID this one.
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I'd be interested in seeing more about the ice crystal reflections - I don't think I've ever really noticed one before. It was fun to watch it while we drove through a very un-remarkable desert drive, even though it's pretty at that hour of the morning.

Rodney - The K-7 is a fun camera and I seem to get along very nicely with this one. While some of the penny slot machines in Vegas have fun graphics, for the most part I find slot and video poker machines basically boring. Luckily, there are lots of places to visit that are fun to photograph.
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Here's one reference:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun_dog
and another:
http://www.atoptics.co.uk/halosim.htm

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