Utah Travel

Mama Mamiya!

Today, I thought I would share one of the first images I captured with my new Mamiya 645 Super medium format film camera (circa 1987). I found this camera, along with 55 mm and 80 mm lenses and a Metz flash, at a pawn shop recently for $100. In three potentially trademarked words, “I’m lovin’ it!”

The downside of this photo and this camera is that it further reminds me how very much I love (and prefer) shooting film!

Mamiya 645 Super, Ilford 120 ISO 100, 4 seconds at f/16, 55 mm


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Sunset on the Oquirrh Mountains

Driving home the other night, I caught this shot of the sun setting across the Salt Lake Valley behind the Oquirrh Mountains. The nicest thing about this shot is that it hides the usually visible devastation of nature and life caused on these mountains by the deepest open-pit mine in the world, Rio Tinto’s Bingham Canyon copper mine.

Nikon D300, ISO 200, 1/45 sec. at f/13, Nikkor 35mm


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A Sense of Pride

You can’t give people pride, but you can provide the kind of understanding that makes people look to their inner strengths and find their own sense of pride.
– Charleszetta Waddles

Today’s post features a few more photos from this past weekend’s Utah Pride festival and parade. I had a good time stopping perfect strangers and asking if I could take their photos. It was a great opportunity to meet some interesting people, do a bit of networking and capture some fun shots from impromptu models.

Nikon D300, ISO 320, 1/320 sec. at f/2.2, 85 mm, (Richard designed and made his awesome skeleton outfit)

Nikon D300, ISO 320, 1/160 sec. at f/18, 120 mm

Nikon D300, ISO 320, 1/200 sec. at f/7.1, 35 mm

Nikon D300, ISO 320, 1/160 sec. at f/18, 60 mm

Nikon D300, ISO 320, 1/200 sec. at f/4.5, 32 mm

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Stone Silhouette

One of the fascinating things about art, to me, is that it has so much potential for interpretation. Statues and figures even more so, for I find that being three-dimensional, they can change so markedly based on perspective and how much or how little one places within their field of vision at one time.

Today’s photo is, for me, a new interpretation of a figure I’ve photographed previously but have never been happy with the results. This time, however, the sky, shadows and my close-up perspective rendered an emotion I hadn’t been able to see, feel or capture before.

Nikon D300, ISO 200, 1/100 sec at f/11, 50 mm

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A Little Bit Country

Photographing Amber put me once again at Salt Lake City’s Wheeler Farm, which is quickly becoming one of my favorite locales purely from the standpoint of versatility and accessibility. I’ve been to Wheeler Farm at least once every week for the last four weeks! If you’re a local and you’ve not been, it’s a great destination for spending an afternoon relaxing outdoors in the sunshine.

Nikon D300, 1/40 sec at f/4.5, fill-flash using Nikon SB-700 Speedlight with (modified) Gary Fong LightSphere


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Demon Of The State

I decided to make a visit to the Utah State Capitol building. I had not seen the Capitol since they completed a major renovation in 2009, and as my folks are in town for a visit, I thought it would be a good way to kill a couple of hours sightseeing.

Nikon D300, ISO 200, 1/80 sec at f/20, 18 mm

The Capitol rotunda is pretty much what you’d expect. Murals and statues depicting elements and scenes of the settlement of the state of Utah adorn the ceiling and alcoves. The granite walls in this structure are really quite impressive.

Nikon D300, ISO 200, 1/80 sec at f/6.3, 18 mm

The outer walls of the rotunda are granite slabs cut length-wise and placed to form mirror images from the granite’s natural patterns. They look like stone Rorschach ink blots, waiting to assess the minds and characters of our state lawmakers. Considering some of my perceptions about the Utah mindset, it should have been no surprise when I saw him there on the north wall, watching from the shadows. But in truth, I was surprised: surprised enough that I asked my father if he saw him, too. He did. When I have shown the unedited photograph I took of him to others, they see him without any prompting from me.

I’m convinced he’s not a projection of my subconscious. I’d even be willing to bet he’s an associate of Gayle Ruzicka, the powerhouse behind the Eagle Forum‘s ultra-discriminatory theocratic agenda.

He’s been given a permanent post as Demon of the State.

Nikon D300, ISO 200, 1/6 sec at f/5.3, 112 mm


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