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Bellagio Fountain #5 of 5

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 26 August 2011 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

The Fountains of Bellagio is a vast, choreographed water feature with performances set to light and music. The performances take place in front of the Bellagio hotel and are visible from numerous vantage points on the Strip, both from the street and neighboring structures. The show takes place every 30 minutes in the afternoons and early evenings, and every 15 minutes from 8:00 PM to midnight. Before a water show starts, the nozzles break the water surface and the lights illuminating the hotel tower turn to a purple hue (usually), or red-white-and-blue for certain music. The fountain display is choreographed to various pieces of music, including songs by Andrea Bocelli, Frank Sinatra, and Gene Kelly.

The fountains are set in a 9-acre man-made lake. Contrary to urban myth, the lake is not filled with treated greywater from the hotel. The lake is actually serviced by a freshwater well that was drilled decades prior to irrigate a golf course that previously existed on the site. The fountains actually use less water than irrigating the golf course did. They incorporate a network of pipes with more than 1,200 nozzles that make it possible to stage fountain displays coordinated with more than 4,500 lights. It is estimated that the fountains cost $40 million to build. The fountains were created by WET, a design firm specializing in inventive fountains and architectural water features.

Four types of nozzles are used for the various effects:

Oarsmen - jets with a full range of spherical motion
Shooters - shoot water upwards
Super Shooters - send a water blast as high as 240 feet in the air.
Extreme Shooters - send a water blast as high as 460 feet.

Interesting formations are made here which seem to resemble leaves from an oak tree.

The song, "My Heart Will Go On" by Celine Dion was played during this capture.

Photo captured June 18, 2011.

NIKON D7000 1/30 second F/3.5 ISO 900 27 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Rick from Toronto, Canada

This is my fave of the series, and I like the whole series. What a cool effect on the water, and another rock solid night shot.

26 Aug 2011 5:13am

Kala from United States

Beautiful light once again.

26 Aug 2011 5:43am

Mhelene from Paris, France

very beautiful capture of the dance of water and lights of building ! Superb !

26 Aug 2011 6:29am

k@ from Paris, France

Seems a ballet of light & waters dancing their night show, glorious !

26 Aug 2011 7:40am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Spectacular finale! This has been a great series.

26 Aug 2011 7:52am

Stefanie from France

My favourite one! Very nice!

26 Aug 2011 8:29am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Pure fantasy delight Steven!

26 Aug 2011 8:43am

Albert from Sweden, living in Hamburg, Germany

Nice! I love how you froze the water.

26 Aug 2011 10:03am

Laurette from Johannesburg - Fourways, South Africa

A beautiful capture of the magical dancing water and beautiful lights. Well captured and presented. A very beautiful series. Have a good weekend.

26 Aug 2011 11:20am

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Fantastic once again - you've captured the water in such a way that it looks like leaves or feathers lined up above the water. Beautiful shot Steven!

26 Aug 2011 1:05pm

Heinz from Hamm, Germany

dieses ist für mich auch der Favorit.

26 Aug 2011 3:16pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Wow. Fantastic night capture of this lovely fountain. Lovely light and colours. :)

26 Aug 2011 3:52pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

This is certainly my very favorite so far. The color and the water are gorgeous. Great capture!

26 Aug 2011 5:16pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States


26 Aug 2011 9:35pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Look at them dance! A very beautiful scene.

27 Aug 2011 2:55am

MissT from Chicagoland, United States

Great capture of movement!

27 Aug 2011 6:40am

L'Angevine from Angers, France

j'ai vu aussi le spectacle de jet d'eaux et aussi il y a de la musique,je me souviens aussi qu'il y avait des cygnes
passe d'agréables moments et à bientôt

27 Aug 2011 10:25am

tataray from france, France

Excellent, avec ce mouvement .))

27 Aug 2011 1:41pm

Landy from Miami, United States

bien logrado un saludo excelente imagen

27 Aug 2011 5:11pm

klausZ from Kufstein, Austria

a perfect capture of this, i think most famous one in las vegas!

27 Aug 2011 8:05pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

This is gorgeous. When I was little my parents took me to see the Dancing Waters in Washington, DC. It was a show with water sprays and then they would shine different colored lights on the water. I thought it was so magical. This reminds me of it but on a so much grander scale. Beautiful!

27 Aug 2011 8:45pm

Dokmateo from Spain

Very beautiful series of this fountain. You captured every choreography it does with excellent lighting! Two thumbs up!

27 Aug 2011 11:21pm