Month: August 2015

Las Vegas

I’ve been to Las Vegas, Nevada one time. I’m not a gambler, or I should say, I’m too stingy to give away my money. But there’s a lot of stuff to do outside the casinos in Las Vegas. Like make photographs!

I spent a long weekend there in February, 2014. One of those days was spent visiting Bryce Canyon. I’ll be sure to post some photographs from that visit in the future.

Here’s a photograph of the Eiffel Tower at the Paris Hotel and Casino.

I really preferred visiting Old Las Vegas, otherwise known as the Fremont Street Experience or Downtown Las Vegas. This is the Vegas I remember seeing on television as a kid.

Here’s the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino. Who doesn’t remember seeing this on television whenever there was a show set in Las Vegas?
Golden Nugget

The Fremont Street Experience is definitely an experience. Lots of people dressed in costume ready to have their photograph taken, for a tip.

And the signs. Lots of neon signs. I love this place! Who doesn’t love a neon cowboy riding a horse?
Fremont Street Experience

I thought about eating at the Heart Attack Grill. Maybe next time!
Fremont Street Experience

I ran into this charming little newsstand on the way back to the car. Good idea to offer liquor. Helps when reading the news today.

The new New York

This is not your granddad’s New York. New York City is changing. The skyline looks very different today than it did 50 years ago. It’s becoming shinier, for lack of a better word. Modern looking skyscrapers are dwarfing the old buildings of New York City. The city never sleeps.

Here’s what the New York City skyline looked like in 1966:

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Contrast that to what the skyline looked like in this photograph I made in 2014:

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Introducing Jeff Self Photography

2015 has brought a lot of new resolutions and adventures for me. I am now seriously pursuing a photography career and I have hopes of doing this full-time in the near future.

I have shot a lot of high school sports this past Spring and I have now begun shooting senior portraits. I am shooting with an Olympus OM-D E-M1 and now have a full arsenal of lenses to shoot with.

So how will I make a living doing this? I’m going to try anything and everything. Hopefully, I’ll find a niche that will work for me. I plan to do family portraits, art shows, high school and college sports, concerts, real estate, events, and anything else I can think of.

My professional website has been created and I have prints available for sale right now. On this blog, I plan to post an image a day that links to images on my professional site.

So stay tuned. It’s going to be a fun ride!