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March 5, 2010

NYC and Las Vegas from above, at night

Photographer Jason Hawkes, a frequent contributor to the Big Picture blog, returns today, sharing with us some of his latest images of American cities seen from above at night - New York City and Las Vegas, both cities that undergo significant transformations after the sun goes down. From Hawkes: "The images of New York were shot on Nikons latest camera, the D3S, using three gyro stabilizing mounts and flown using twin star helicopters. (Eurocopter AS355). We flew from heights of just over 500 ft up to 2,500-ft with no doors on, it was very very cold. The images of Las Vegas were shot for a separate project, using a range of helicopters from a Robinson 44 to Eurocopter AS355". Be sure to see Hawkes' earlier entries here (1, 2, 3), and check out his newly-released book "London at Night". A book of his New York at night photos is due for publication in the Autumn. Captions provided by the photographer. (20 photos total)

One Worldwide Plaza, Eighth Avenue. (© Jason Hawkes)

The Williamsburg suspension bridge crossing the East River. (© Jason Hawkes) #

View from the Financial District across to the Governors Island and Upper Bay. Verrazano-Narrows Bridge can be seen lit up in the far distance. (© Jason Hawkes) #

Close up looking down onto Chrysler Building. (© Jason Hawkes) #

Looking down onto Times Square. (© Jason Hawkes) #

The Empire State building in blue and red on the left of the image looking up Lexington Ave. to the Chrylser Building. (© Jason Hawkes) #

Central Park, Central Park Reservoir and Metropolitan Museum of Art, looking South up Madison Ave. (© Jason Hawkes) #

The Statue of Liberty. (© Jason Hawkes) #

The area around The MetLife Building on Park Avenue and Midtown. (© Jason Hawkes) #

The Empire State Building. (© Jason Hawkes) (© Jason Hawkes) #

Las Vegas, Nevada

The Vegas Strip from above The Mirage. (© Jason Hawkes) #

Excalibur, Las Vegas. (© Jason Hawkes) #

The pyramid shaped Luxor Las Vegas (© Jason Hawkes) #

The sphinx at the entrance to the Luxor Las Vegas (© Jason Hawkes) #

Brooklyn Bridge, Las Vegas. (© Jason Hawkes) #

The top of the the replica Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas. (© Jason Hawkes) #

New York-New York Hotel and Casino (© Jason Hawkes) #

The Excalibur, New York and MGM Grand hotels, Las Vegas. (© Jason Hawkes) #

The Venetian with gondolas, Las Vegas Hotel Casino (© Jason Hawkes) #

The Stratosphere Las Vegas. The tower has two observation decks, a revolving restaurant and three rides. (© Jason Hawkes) #