Wally Hawkins Photography
let me take you through my experience of photographing the MSG Sphere here in southern Nevada. The place is more than just a structure; it's like an alien spaceship that landed right in the heart of Las Vegas, surrounded by the natural desert beauty and, of course, the glitz of the city.
I arrived there just as the sun was setting, and the sky turned into this dramatic mix of orange and purple. The Sphere started to glow, and the exterior's LED lights began to flicker and dance. The scent in the air was an odd mix of the fresh desert after a rainfall and the smell of car exhaust from the nearby road. It's Las Vegas, so even in the evening, the temperature was still warm, around 75 degrees.
The sound was a mix of the city's life and the quiet whispers of the wind. I could hear the distant hum of cars on the highway and the murmur of people nearby, some tourists taking pictures, some locals walking their dogs. Every now and then, a plane would pass overhead, its engines roaring for a moment before fading into the distance.
For the photo I took, I positioned myself at an angle where I could capture the Sphere against the backdrop of the setting sun. This angle also allowed me to catch some of the Strip's glimmering lights, giving the picture a real sense of place and time. I used a wide aperture to blur the background slightly, making the Sphere the star of the show but still leaving enough detail to know exactly where it is.
I've scouted the area many times and, you're right, there are so many interesting spots that catch my eye. Each time I go, I find another angle or element I want to include next time. One spot that I think is really cool but haven't tried yet is the viewpoint from a nearby hill. I think it could offer a stunning panorama, showing the Sphere, the city, and maybe even some natural landscape all in one frame.
If you haven't yet, you should try capturing the Sphere from that viewpoint. And hey, if you find a new angle that's amazing, I'd love to hear about it!