Utah: Winter 2014 Collection

The state of Utah should be on every photographer’s bucket list. Every time I visit I have always been rewarded with excellent photo opportunities and photographs. And this past winter was no exception. The trip was for my
mother-in-law Jackie’s birthday, but as always there was time for exercising my passion.

Thanks to my brother-in-law Paul I had the chance to photograph the Great Salt Lake along the shoreline. And looking out over the lake, 4.5 miles away, was Antelope Island, which features a landscape right out of the Mesozoic era. Due to the approaching snowstorm we only had about an hour to shoot but I came away with some images I was happy with. The next day he took me to the abandoned Tintic Reduction Mine near Genola, a small town just a few miles south of Provo. The winter weather made both places even more mysterious and intriguing. The mine gave the impression of the only thing left standing after a nuclear war. Maybe next time we’ll get to go to the island and also go inside the mine.

Later in the week my brother-in-law Andy took us to the Ice Castle in Midway, which is up through Provo Canyon on the way to Park City. This ephemeral but stunningly beautiful work of ice was a wonder to behold. The blue of the ice mixed with colors from strategically placed lighting made for an exciting and rewarding shooting experience.

And thanks to my father-in-law Wayne for taking me to Utah Lake again for sunset photographs. He was hoping the sky would be ablaze with fiery colors, but much to his dismay the colors were muted. But I wasn’t disappointed in the least. I am very pleased with the images I took. As photographers we have to take advantage of what nature gives us. And in photography, sometimes less is more.

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