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Photographer

Thomas Dodd

Posts: 437

Atlanta, Georgia, US

I will be in Vegas at the end of this month and want to shoot some nudes out in the desert while I am there.
Do any of you have recommendations of good areas to shoot in as well as areas to avoid?
Anyone ever have any problems with law enforcement, hostile terrain/conditions or prying eyes?
Thanks  in advance...

Jan 03 13 11:29 am Link

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Photographer

-JAY-

Posts: 6729

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

She's going to be cold tongue

what kind of location? dry lake bed desert, brush, dunes?

Jan 03 13 11:30 am Link

Photographer

Thomas Dodd

Posts: 437

Atlanta, Georgia, US

-JAY- wrote:
what kind of location? dry lake bed desert, brush, dunes?

Definitely dunes and dry lake bed..
And how cold does it get there mid-afternoon in January?

Jan 03 13 11:32 am Link

Photographer

Hero Foto

Posts: 878

Phoenix, Arizona, US

Thomas Dodd wrote:

Definitely dunes and dry lake bed..
And how cold does it get there mid-afternoon in January?

everything you need to know: http://www.city-data.com/city/Las-Vegas-Nevada.html

Jan 03 13 11:36 am Link

Photographer

Robert Lynch

Posts: 2485

Bowie, Maryland, US

Thomas Dodd wrote:
And how cold does it get there mid-afternoon in January?

http://www.vegas.com/weather/averages.html

Jan 03 13 11:36 am Link

Photographer

AVD AlphaDuctions

Posts: 10630

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Thomas Dodd wrote:

Definitely dunes and dry lake bed..
And how cold does it get there mid-afternoon in January?

well its 47F atm.  For me that would be a heat wave but for most people, thats cold.
it's rare but you do occasionally get this:
http://www.city-data.com/forum/attachments/las-vegas/64887d1278235091-does-las-vegas-ever-get-severe-snow.jpg

Jan 03 13 11:37 am Link

Photographer

Thomas Dodd

Posts: 437

Atlanta, Georgia, US

Hero Foto wrote:
everything you need to know: http://www.city-data.com/city/Las-Vegas-Nevada.html

Robert Lynch wrote:
http://www.vegas.com/weather/averages.html

Thanks guys...

Jan 03 13 11:42 am Link

Photographer

Hero Foto

Posts: 878

Phoenix, Arizona, US

Thomas Dodd wrote:

Hero Foto wrote:
everything you need to know: http://www.city-data.com/city/Las-Vegas-Nevada.html

Thanks guys...

You're welcome

Jan 03 13 11:44 am Link

Photographer

Thomas Dodd

Posts: 437

Atlanta, Georgia, US

AVD AlphaDuctions wrote:
well its 47F atm.  For me that would be a heat wave but for most people, thats cold.
it's rare but you do occasionally get this:

Which is definitely too cold for nudes here in the South...
Not one of the Vegas models  I have talked to has even mentioned that as an issue - but the average southern model would be like "Below 70 degrees? Are you fucking kidding me?!

Jan 03 13 11:47 am Link

Photographer

C h a r l e s D

Posts: 9307

Los Angeles, California, US

Will you have a vehicle? 

The nearest dunes I can think of are Amargosa dunes about 100 miles northwest of Vegas. 
I guess Dumont dunes are about that far south, but it is a drive. 
Expect LOTS of OHV activity. 

If you have a vehicle, a much better bet is to go to Kelso Sand Dunes.  Exit in Baker, and follow the road to the northern end, drive down the dirt road.  No OHVs allowed there, and even on weekends, only a few people.  Easy to shoot.

Jan 03 13 11:48 am Link

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DOUGLASFOTOS

Posts: 9269

Los Angeles, California, US

C h a r l e s  D wrote:
Will you have a vehicle? 

The nearest dunes I can think of are Amargosa dunes about 100 miles northwest of Vegas. 
I guess Dumont dunes are about that far south, but it is a drive. 
Expect LOTS of OHV activity. 

If you have a vehicle, a much better bet is to go to Kelso Sand Dunes.  Exit in Baker, and follow the road to the northern end, drive down the dirt road.  No OHVs allowed there, and even on weekends, only a few people.  Easy to shoot.

I have been there..to Amargosa Valley..it is really nice...also OP can venture over to Red Rock Canyons...tons of places to hide and do nudes. But it is Cold there this time of year. Really Cold.

Jan 03 13 11:51 am Link

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AVD AlphaDuctions

Posts: 10630

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Thomas Dodd wrote:

Which is definitely too cold for nudes here in the South...
Not on of the Vegas models  I have talked to has even mentioned that as an issue - but the average southern model would be like "Below 70 degrees? Are you fucking kidding me?!

bring a northern model with you.  Plenty of photographers shoot nudes in the snow, nudes beside a frozen waterfall, blue nudes, etc.

Jan 03 13 11:57 am Link

Photographer

Thomas Dodd

Posts: 437

Atlanta, Georgia, US

C h a r l e s  D wrote:
Will you have a vehicle? 

The nearest dunes I can think of are Amargosa dunes about 100 miles northwest of Vegas. 
I guess Dumont dunes are about that far south, but it is a drive. 
Expect LOTS of OHV activity. 

If you have a vehicle, a much better bet is to go to Kelso Sand Dunes.  Exit in Baker, and follow the road to the northern end, drive down the dirt road.  No OHVs allowed there, and even on weekends, only a few people.  Easy to shoot.

I will definitely have a vehicle and a generator ...
Thanks so much - that's exactly the kind of info I was looking for!

Jan 03 13 12:03 pm Link

Photographer

Thomas Dodd

Posts: 437

Atlanta, Georgia, US

DOUGLASFOTOS wrote:
I have been there..to Amargosa Valley..it is really nice...also OP can venture over to Red Rock Canyons...tons of places to hide and do nudes. But it is Cold there this time of year. Really Cold.

Good suggestion - thanks!

Jan 03 13 12:11 pm Link

Photographer

Thomas Dodd

Posts: 437

Atlanta, Georgia, US

AVD AlphaDuctions wrote:
bring a northern model with you.  Plenty of photographers shoot nudes in the snow, nudes beside a frozen waterfall, blue nudes, etc.

I am bringing an intrepid  red-headed Southern model with me, so I definitely won't go away empty-handed... Plus, I plan on shooting lots of scenery to use as backgrounds for models shot in warmer temperatures!

Jan 03 13 12:35 pm Link

Photographer

Mark Harrington Photo

Posts: 390

Riverside, California, US

Jan 03 13 12:40 pm Link

Model

Nikki Magnusson

Posts: 6843

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

Thomas Dodd wrote:

Definitely dunes and dry lake bed..
And how cold does it get there mid-afternoon in January?

cold as http://a3.ec-images.myspacecdn.com/images02/144/c2bbe541f833422584d61b8f85bfdc4b/l.gif

Jan 03 13 12:51 pm Link

Model

Nikki Magnusson

Posts: 6843

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

Thomas Dodd wrote:
I will be in Vegas at the end of this month and want to shoot some nudes out in the desert while I am there.
Do any of you have recommendations of good areas to shoot in as well as areas to avoid?
Anyone ever have any problems with law enforcement, hostile terrain/conditions or prying eyes?
Thanks  in advance...

bet your gonna wear a nice warm jacket..

while your "intrepid" model is nude and shivering...sigh...http://a4.ec-images.myspacecdn.com/images02/147/083b307e34474cc0b3f5f3cf297adeda/l.gif



I'd pick...

a warmer time of year..

for..

desert shoots in Nevada and Calif..

just sayin'

Jan 03 13 12:55 pm Link

Photographer

Happy Guy Photos

Posts: 1224

Upland, California, US

To OP --

Thomas Dodd wrote:
I will be in Vegas at the end of this month and want to shoot some nudes out in the desert while I am there.
Do any of you have recommendations of good areas to shoot in as well as areas to avoid?
Anyone ever have any problems with law enforcement, hostile terrain/conditions or prying eyes?
Thanks  in advance...

Would be better if you could wait till late February or March. Just a suggestion.


Gabby

Jan 03 13 12:58 pm Link

Model

Nikki Magnusson

Posts: 6843

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Temperature

47 °F

Feels Like 44 °F http://a2.ec-images.myspacecdn.com/images02/62/15dd422475984cb88d4bbde69183a226/l.gif

Jan 03 13 01:03 pm Link

Photographer

Shot By Adam

Posts: 6762

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

Nikki Magnusson wrote:
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Temperature

47 °F

Feels Like 44 °F http://a2.ec-images.myspacecdn.com/images02/62/15dd422475984cb88d4bbde69183a226/l.gif

Red Rock is great providing you have a permit to shoot out there. If you are planning on bringing a model out there with even the most minimal of equipment (SLR camera, reflector, light on stand) be prepared to pay a fine. The rangers out there are exceptionally good at finding and fining photographers.

Jan 03 13 01:10 pm Link

Photographer

Jerry Nemeth

Posts: 29228

Dearborn, Michigan, US

Nikki Magnusson wrote:
bet your gonna wear a nice warm jacket..

while your "intrepid" model is nude and shivering...sigh...http://a4.ec-images.myspacecdn.com/images02/147/083b307e34474cc0b3f5f3cf297adeda/l.gif





I'd pick...

a warmer time of year..

for..

desert shoots in Nevada and Calif..

just sayin'

Yes!  November would have been better.  I shot nudes in November in the Arizona desert.  It was 80 during the day but was chilly at 8AM.  I photographed a model starting at 8:30AM and she was cold nude.

Jan 03 13 01:13 pm Link

Photographer

Thomas Dodd

Posts: 437

Atlanta, Georgia, US

Mark Harrington Photo wrote:
http://www.examiner.com/article/model-s … -las-vegas

Great - appreciate that!

Jan 03 13 01:13 pm Link

Photographer

Thomas Dodd

Posts: 437

Atlanta, Georgia, US

Nikki Magnusson wrote:
bet your gonna wear a nice warm jacket..
while your "intrepid" model is nude and shivering...sigh...http://a4.ec-images.myspacecdn.com/images02/147/083b307e34474cc0b3f5f3cf297adeda/l.gif
I'd pick a warmer time of year for desert shoots in Nevada and Calif..
just sayin'

Happy Guy Photos wrote:
Would be better if you could wait till late February or March. Just a suggestion.

Duly noted...

Jan 03 13 01:17 pm Link

Photographer

Thomas Dodd

Posts: 437

Atlanta, Georgia, US

Shot By Adam wrote:
Red Rock is great providing you have a permit to shoot out there. If you are planning on bringing a model out there with even the most minimal of equipment (SLR camera, reflector, light on stand) be prepared to pay a fine. The rangers out there are exceptionally good at finding and fining photographers.

Good to know - thanks for that info Adam!

Jan 03 13 01:18 pm Link

Photographer

Chris Chua

Posts: 139

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

it may not be an issue for the model and they may seem up for it, but the flip side is that goosebumps will show up in your images, as well as red noses. So be prepared for some post work or just keep the model clothed and warm until you're absolutely ready for your shot.

Jan 03 13 01:59 pm Link

Photographer

C h a r l e s D

Posts: 9307

Los Angeles, California, US

Red Rock is a great suggestion.  It's very close!

Jan 03 13 03:21 pm Link

Photographer

Thomas Dodd

Posts: 437

Atlanta, Georgia, US

C h a r l e s  D wrote:
Red Rock is a great suggestion.  It's very close!

Valley of Fire looks like quite the location as well..
http://parks.nv.gov/parks/valley-of-fire-state-park/

Jan 03 13 03:49 pm Link

Photographer

C h a r l e s D

Posts: 9307

Los Angeles, California, US

Yeah, Valley of Fire is what I meant.  Sorry.

Jan 03 13 03:52 pm Link

Photographer

Thomas Dodd

Posts: 437

Atlanta, Georgia, US

I appreciate all the replies as well as the private messages I've received with lots of info and details on desert locations, and I will make sure all the models stay warm up until the moment the shudder clicks!

Jan 03 13 06:16 pm Link

Photographer

Paulsvegasphotography

Posts: 13

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

C h a r l e s  D wrote:
Yeah, Valley of Fire is what I meant.  Sorry.

On you way out to or on your way back from the Valley of Fire, about 3 miles north of the Speedway, is an area called Apex which is an open area of sand dunes. I just did a photo shoot there after SEMA with some off road products.  Shot all day no rangers, police or problems. You can find areas of sand not driven on if you look. I would suggest going during the mid week for reduced traffic.  There are off road dune buggy tours but they pretty much stay on established trails and areas. If you don't have 4 wheel you will be doing some hiking. You can park a car off the road and walk to the dunes.

It's pretty frickin cold in Vegas. It's 28 degrees as type this. Which, with the very low humidity, feels a lot colder. Kind of like how the heat in the summer doesn't feel as bad, but now it works against us. However, the weather can change on a dime here so out of the blue you might luck out with some 70's in the afternoon. However the normal average high this time of year is in the mid 50's.

Good luck with your shoot and if you have any questions you can email me.


Good luck with your shoot.  If you have

Jan 04 13 07:21 am Link

Photographer

Shot By Adam

Posts: 6762

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

Paulsvegasphotography wrote:
On you way out to or on your way back from the Valley of Fire, about 3 miles north of the Speedway, is an area called Apex which is an open area of sand dunes.

Right off of Apex Road is where I shot this:

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/110828/02/4e5a04ab7ffc3_m.jpg

Jan 06 13 02:15 am Link

Photographer

AVD AlphaDuctions

Posts: 10630

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Paulsvegasphotography wrote:

On you way out to or on your way back from the Valley of Fire, about 3 miles north of the Speedway, is an area called Apex which is an open area of sand dunes. I just did a photo shoot there after SEMA with some off road products.  Shot all day no rangers, police or problems. You can find areas of sand not driven on if you look. I would suggest going during the mid week for reduced traffic.  There are off road dune buggy tours but they pretty much stay on established trails and areas. If you don't have 4 wheel you will be doing some hiking. You can park a car off the road and walk to the dunes.

It's pretty frickin cold in Vegas. It's 28 degrees as type this. Which, with the very low humidity, feels a lot colder. Kind of like how the heat in the summer doesn't feel as bad, but now it works against us. However, the weather can change on a dime here so out of the blue you might luck out with some 70's in the afternoon. However the normal average high this time of year is in the mid 50's.

Good luck with your shoot and if you have any questions you can email me.


Good luck with your shoot.  If you have

28F?  we are getting up to 30 today. Come warm up in the Frozen North (but bring snow tires).

Jan 06 13 06:14 am Link

Photographer

Paulsvegasphotography

Posts: 13

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

Shot By Adam wrote:

Right off of Apex Road is where I shot this:

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/110828/02/4e5a04ab7ffc3_m.jpg

I have a black Lamborghini Murcielago in my garage which belongs to my girlfriend's brother. He wants some nice pictures taken. I was thinking about putting it on the track in Pahrump. (Spring Mountain)

I guess that is off topic...so, with a nude model.

Jan 06 13 08:32 am Link