Las Vegas in Black & White | Photos captured with the Fujifilm X-E3 and 23mm f/2
Updated: Feb 17
The Sin City has a long and controversial history. Funded by the Mob, Gambling, The Strip. And we learned much more on our Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam tour from our guide. Every name on the casino has a story. However, as time passed it has become one of the most attractive tourist destinations for entertainment, food, and family fun.
I've personally been there 3 times and this last trip was my favorite. The last time we visited was in 2007. We admittedly don't remember much from that trip. From that experience we didn't have a yearn to visit but we had a good travel deal that we couldn't pass up.
This time around it was the last vacation of 2022 for us, right after Christmas and getting back home before the New Year. Our feet were definitely at work and the Uber rides were plentiful. We ended 2022 on a good note and read on to learn more and see some photos from our trip.
Why Black & White Photos?
I chose to process the photos in black and white because Las Vegas is such a bright and colorful city I initially didn't see anything unique with them in color. I'm sure there are photos that are much better in color and some that do work in black and white. This is an experiment and I decided to create a post for the color photos also. Link below.
Las Vegas in Color
I wanted to bring the modern digital photo and bring a vintage, dark, and moody look. I'm not sure if I achieved that but I enjoy black and white photography and I hope you enjoy it too.
Documenting The Journey
As a professional and enthusiast photographer I naturally have a lot of gear but when I shoot personally I want to make sure that I'm on a fly on the wall while still documenting our trip. I chose to bring a small camera sling, one camera, and one lens. I didn't want the hassle of switching lenses so I could be in the moment.
I brought the Bagsmart Camera Sling to hold my everyday carry items like my camera, lens, Anker battery power bank, phone, cables, keys, etc. This bag is cheap yet underrated. At only $30 its hard to argue the value. I've had it for over 2 years with no issues. The main competitors will be Peak Design, Hex, Nomatic, and others. And while those bags are higher quality they are at least 2-3 times the price of the Bagsmart.
One Camera and One Lens
My camera of choice was the Fujifilm X-E3 and Fujifilm 23mm f/2 lens.
I absolutely loved this camera setup. 23mm on Fuji APS-C is equivalent of 35mm which is my favorite focal length. In terms of fixed focal lengths its the most versatile. Its not too wide yet wide enough to tell the story. In some instances I did miss a telephoto to zoom in on far away objects but I'd much prefer to have a wide angle perspective than just a telephoto one.
One thing to keep in mind when choosing focal lengths is what can you see with your eyes. 28mm-50mm is how we see the world and 35mm is the sweet spot depending on who we are. Our eyes can't zoom so having a telephoto lens is more of an artistic endeavor and not a documentary one. That's just my opinion.
We stayed at the The Grandview in south end of the Las Vegas strip right next to the Southpoint Hotel & Casino. We had a good deal on this spot so decided to stay there. We also have a timeshare with the Flamingo right where the action is but the deal was too good to pass up.
Our first meal upon arrival was at the Zenshin Asian Restaurant. We started off hungry and it was well worth it. The restaurant is located right inside the Southpoint Hotel & Casino.
We ordered appetizers, specialty rolls, and main courses after a long flight from Newark to Las Vegas. We didn't spend much time at Southpoint other than to sleep so we can't comment much on the Grandview or the Southpoint area in general. It's a much quieter area of the strip. So if you want to have peace from raucous action of the main areas of the strip this would be a good way to go.
Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam Tour
Word of the wise, dress appropriately for the Grand Canyon especially in December. You might think its in the desert of Nevada but you're in high elevation and the temperature is much colder than you think.
We left the Las Vegas strip at 60 degrees and entered the Grand Canyon at 30 degrees and we didn't bring a coat. We only brought a hat and matching hoodies. We looked good but we were cold.
One thing our tour guide mentioned is that there is a water crisis going on with the Hoover Dam. The water is receding and there is a rights battle between states (Nevada, Arizona, California, and possible others) and the Native Americans. Not sure if I got that right or not but there is definitely something going on.