Archives for August 2011

Bally’s Casino Las Vegas at Night

I like the location of the Bally’s Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. It’s pretty much centered on the strip and has close access to the monorail, transportation I use quite frequently when attending conferences at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Bally's Hotel Casino Las Vegas At NightBally’s Hotel Casino Las Vegas At Night

I noticed I had a fairly full set of nighttime photos taken outside the Bally’s Hotel and Casino, shot with my Canon Rebel, and 10-22 wide-angle lens. Maybe you’ve never been to Las Vegas (did you know you can walk to the strip from the airport?) or seen the strip at night. In my opinion, it’s the best time for shooting photos of Las Vegas architecture.

Bally's Station EntranceBally’s Station Entrance

Bally’s Hotel is one of the main stations for the Las Vegas Monorail, which currently runs from behind the MGM Grand Hotel to the Sahara Hotel, with several hotel stops along the way.

Anthony Cools Paris HotelAnthony Cools Paris Hotel

Bally’s neighbor on the strip is Paris Hotel, both are owned and operated by Harrah’s Hotel Properties (I believe now referred to as Caesars Entertainment Group or Caesars Properties), and when staying in one hotel you can charge meals at most restaurants in either hotel to your room.

Bally's Entrance SignBally’s Entrance Sign and Billboard

A view from the ground up at the massive Bally’s Billboard near the main entrance. There is a sports score ticker that runs all day, and advertisements for various shows and restaurants on the property. Mon Ami Gabi is a restaurant located in front of Paris Hotel and Casino. I’ve eaten there breakfast, lunch, and dinner, always had great meals.

Bally's Hotel Paris Hotel CosmopolitanBally’s Hotel – Paris Hotel – Cosmopolitan

This view is from street level near the hotel entrance. You can see the Bally’s Hotel South Tower (stay in the north tower if you can), part of the Paris Hotel and Casino, and on the right side is the more recently built Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino Las Vegas. That’s the dark modern building with the thin blue lights. I haven’t stayed there but I’ve gotten mixed feedback from people that have.

Bally's Hotel Motorized WalkwayBally’s Hotel Motorized Walkway

The most common way people enter Bally’s Hotel from the strip is via the motorized walkway. It’s a long walk through the casino and past plenty of shops and restaurants before you’re at the monorail station, so you can grab a bite to eat or do some gambling along the way.

Bally's Hotel North Tower HallwayBally’s Hotel North Tower Hallway

Here’s a wide-angle shot inside the Bally’s Hotel North Tower hallway, I forget which floor. The carpeting is a bit worn out in the heavy traffic areas and the hotel is nowhere near as fancy as several others in Las Vegas, but the location is good, and prices are reasonable.

Bally's Lights Change ColorsBally’s Lights Change Colors Throughout the Night

The lighting along the Bally’s Hotel entrance changes colors every few minutes. Water cascades down the white tiles on each side of the electronic walkway. If you’re up for a stroll on the concrete, step off to the side (where I took this photo) and you can follow a garden lined walkway to and from the hotel to the strip.

Bally's Lights and BillboardBally’s Lights and Billboard

In this photograph the lights are now green with red accents. The Bally’s Hotel and Casino marquee can be seen on the upper right, advertising their show Jubilee. While I live and work in Los Angeles, I’m in Las Vegas about 12 times a year, taking photos at events, photos at the airport, parking lots, and hotels. Maybe I’ll see you there sometime soon.

QR Code Fail Along Bart Line

No doubt you’ve noticed an increase in QR Codes appearing in advertising this past year, like the QR Codes appearing in airline magazines, a perfect place for these codes (imo). But people have also been noticing them in odd places as well, like on billboards, and other difficult to scan locations.

While visiting Oakland CA recently for a chiropractic college event, I saw a doozy of a QR Code fail while waiting for the Bart at the Oakland City Center. It appeared, the only way to scan the code (an advertisement from Overstock), would be by crossing the tracks at the risk of electrocution and/or being struck by an oncoming train. Take a look.

O dot Co QR CodeSubway QR Code Fail

After boarding the Bart I noticed the same ad further down the line and realized the intention was likely for passengers to scan codes while inside trains that have stopped at the station, but it seems rather unlikely that would happen. Thoughts?