We found this vantage point last year after making our way through a 3 story mall on the south end of Fremont Street. This year we returned, and found the mall dark and vacant, still physically open. Now I gotta admit, there are a lot of people walking around downtown Las Vegas who I would rather not run into in a dark alley, or a dark mall for that matter, especially while carrying two expensive cameras and tripods (one was for shooting time-lapses).
We got set up and photographed the light show while nervously watching over our shoulders the whole time. Once the show wrapped up, I quickly folded up the tripods and we bolted for the exit with a feeling of relief, when suddenly 3 young guys came around the corner walking right towards us, saying something about cameras. These guys looked like trouble and there was no one else around. I gotta admit my heart began to race a bit as a put my hand in my jacket and readied the bear spray. I smiled and nodded hi, acting as relaxed as possible, and they did the same. Janine and I slipped into the elevator and watched the doors slowly close, breathing a huge sigh of relief as it began to lower us to the relative safety of the crowded street – one with plenty of police presence!
This a a combination of two images exposed 3 stops apart.