Size does matter. Especially when it comes to getting attention.
It had been a while since I went on a photo-walk down The Strip here in Vegas, just taking some snapshots here and there. I started the walk with my 24-70mm f2.8. A very comfortable lens that takes beautiful images, with wonderful control over the DOF.
My starting point was outside the Fashion Show Mall, on the sidewalk along the Strip. I went along, harmlessly taking pictures of little things that caught my eye. Nothing too noteworthy.
Then I had the (big) idea to pull out the big glass! My 70-200mm 2.8!
This is the kind of lens that will get you the attention that is sometimes nice, and sometimes can cause you to be asked to either stop shooting or leave the property.
If I’m out walking around with this lens on my camera I’ll have more people come up to me and ask me if I would, either using their camera, take their picture, or I’ll take their picture with my camera and I email it to them. It’s kind of a nice way to connect with people, just walking around.
But as I mentioned, it can also put a stop to your innocent photo walk, or at least redirect it a bit. It’s often when I’m using this lens that security personal will politely inform me that photography is not allowed on the premises. And I’m not talking about taking closeups of the gaming areas, but even outside. Obviously they don’t mind the iPhone pictures or the point-and-shoot cameras, or even a DSLR (used more discretely). It’s just the guys walking around looking like they might be doing something professional. As I said, they’re always polite and I have no problem moving on.
Anyway, just another fun photo-walk in Vegas. Here are some pics from the walk, click to see a larger version.
Enjoy! (warning, some of the statues don’t have all of their clothes on!)