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The Mirage Hotel and Casino. I've very much like experimenting capturing the neon lights of Las Vegas at night as I've made several other related posts. Ironically, it's usually on my way to or back from Utah and not often as part of a trip to Las Vegas.

What I found interesting here was the unintended light effect I got from what I assume was some serious tripod shake on a long exposure. But the strange effect seemed to fit the theme of the resort.

Here's some info on The Mirage from the Wikipedia

The Mirage is a 3,323 room hotel and casino resort located on the famed Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada. The casino is owned by MGM Mirage.

The Mirage was built by developer Steve Wynn and opened in November 1989 on the former grounds of the Castaways, and was owned by Wynn's company Mirage Resorts (later MGM Mirage). It was the first resort that was built with the money of Wall Street through the use of junk bonds.

Its construction is also considered very noteworthy in that Mr. Wynn had set a new standard for Vegas resorts, and is widely considered to be the father of today's Las Vegas. Prior to the Mirage's opening, the city was experiencing a decline in tourism that began in the 70's, especially around the time the state of New Jersey legalized gambling and tourists (in particular those on the East Coast) began to frequent the casinos of Atlantic City. Also, this was a time when Vegas was no longer considered a cool place to be, so something had to be done, and something big, to get the tourists back.

Regards,
Doug

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