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I spent a good long while messing around with my distortion tool in Photoshop, but as it turns out the buildings in the middle were built crooked... You are looking at the "City Center" complex which is made up of 5 separate complexes including hotels, casinos, shopping areas and condos.

City Center is built upon 76 Acres (yes, you read that right) and holds over 16.7m square feet of commercial space. While it was being built, it was the largest privately funded construction project in the history of United States. It was originally planned for $4 billion in construction costs, it is already over $9.5b at the date of the picture. Six people have died since construction began in 2006.

The five major areas are: Vdara (Hotel and Spa), Aria (Hotel and Casino), Mandarin Oriental (Non-Gaming Hotel and Condo), Veer (Condos) and The Crystals (Shopping Center). This facility officially opened in December 2009. Most of the 2,400 condos are still vacant I believe and many are being used as hotel rooms in the interim (until the economy improves). Even without the 2,400 condos, there are over 4,800 hotel rooms in this complex. The inside is even more beautiful than the outside - if you get a chance to go in I highly recommend spending some time here.

You won't find much information about the Harmon Hotel (the blue glass building second from right) on the City Center Website. This is the subject of a fierce debate / lawsuit since it was deemed "dangerous" and slated for demolition. No one has said what will go in its place. Apparently it is not architecturally sound - but that crooked building "Veer" is. Ironic, isn't it?

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Shot with a Canon 7d and 15-85 lens. This was made from 5 separate HDR images at 6am.

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Las Vegas

Las Vegas, /lɑːs ˈvɡəs/ (locally, also pronounced as /lɑːs ˈvɛɡɨs/) officially the City of Las Vegas and often known as simply Vegas, is the most populous city in the state of Nevada and the county seat of Clark County. Las Vegas is an internationally renowned major resort city known primarily for gambling, shopping, fine dining and nightlife and is the leading financial and cultural center for Southern Nevada. The city bills itself as The Entertainment Capital of the World, and is famous for its mega casino–hotels and associated entertainment. A growing retirement and family city, Las Vegas is the 31st-most populous city in the United States, with a population at the 2010 census of 583,756. The 2010 population of the Las Vegas metropolitan area was 1,951,269. The city is one of the top three leading destinations in the United States for conventions, business and meetings. Today, Las Vegas is one of the top tourist destinations in the world.

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Panoramic photography

Panoramic photography is a technique of photography, using specialized equipment or software, that captures images with elongated fields of view. It is sometimes known as wide format photography. The term has also been applied to a photograph that is cropped to a relatively wide aspect ratio. While there is no formal division between "wide-angle" and "panoramic" photography, "wide-angle" normally refers to a type of lens, but using this lens type does not necessarily make an image a panorama. An image made with an ultra wide-angle fisheye lens covering the normal film frame of 1:1.33 is not automatically considered to be a panorama. An image showing a field of view approximating, or greater than, that of the human eye – about 160° by 75° – may be termed panoramic. This generally means it has an aspect ratio of 2:1 or larger, the image being at least twice as wide as it is high. The resulting images take the form of a wide strip. Some panoramic images have aspect ratios of 4:1 and sometimes 10:1, covering fields of view of up to 360 degrees. Both the aspect ratio and coverage of field are important factors in defining a true panoramic image.

Photo-finishers and manufacturers of Advanced Photo System (APS) cameras use the word "panoramic" to define any print format with a wide aspect ratio, not necessarily photos that encompass a large field of view. In fact, a typical APS camera in its panoramic mode, where its zoom lens is at its shortest focal length of around 24 mm, has a field of view of only 65°, which many photographers would only classify as wide-angle, not panoramic.