I’ve always Salt Lake was pretty cool. I don’t get there very often these day so recently when I was there with my camera I thought I would grab a couple of pics. I wound up with three that had reflections in them so I thought I would share. One is in the Brigham Young park of the water wheel and pond there. On other popular pic of the temple in the reflecting pool. The last of City Creek. Enjoy.
It’s been way too long. I had a chance to be on the Salt Lake Temple Square this evening. Had a couple of minutes and my camera so I snapped a few photos. It wasn’t the best conditions for photos – just an ugly gray sky and lots of wind, but that’s alright this is fun. My niece did a piano concert in the Assembly Hall. She’s amazing. Anyway the shots I’m sharing here are the two pianos used in the concert, looking through the window into the Tabernacle while someone practices the organ and the only healthy looking blossom on a bush I walked past.
It’s become a tradition to have Thanksgiving with my wife’s family at their ranch. It’s a lot of fun and great food. Basically everything Thanksgiving is supposed to be. Conditions haven’t been great for grabbing photos but I did catch this one which I really liked. This one taken looking north late in the afternoon across a pond that’s on the ranch. I did a little bit of post processing, but not much. This was shot at ISO 200 1/200 second at f9.0. I used my 18-135mm lens set at 35mm.
I went to Las Vegas this last week to attend a Building Information Modeling (BIM) Conference and as a part of the conference we had an event at the Las Vegas Springs Preserve. There’s a pretty cool collection of buildings there as well as a nice botanical garden. We only had time to tour a small area of the faculty, but buildings included: a rammed earth building, straw bail building, cooling done by evaporation towers and natural ventilation and included the UNLV entry into the solar decathlon in DC (they were awarded a second place for there efforts). We participated in a presentation about the preserve and the facilities there, then had networking session and then dinner. My wife and I had a great time. Below are photos of the facilities.
Our visit to Jamestown was interesting and fun. I didn’t realize that the Jamestown site was only found 20 years ago and it is still an active archaeological site. One of the down sides of visiting Jamestown is that there are three different entities controlling different areas of the site and they all what there pound of flesh to visit their part of the site. We chose to visit the area controlled by the State of Virginia where all of the recreated Jamestown stuff is. The recreated area includes a very nice museum, a recreation of an Indian village and a recreation of the town site. The photos give you an idea of how small the ships were that were used to cross the Atlantic. They also show how basic everything from the church to the armory to the governors residence was. I really like the trusses in the church. I’ve always been a fan of heavy timber construction.
One of the most impressive buildings is the Governor’s Mansion at Williamsburg. Very few of the buildings at Williamsburg are the original buildings and this one is one that’s been rebuilt and restored a couple of times. My family and I were kind of amazed at how often buildings were lost to fire. I guess when you consider that heating, lighting and cooking were all done with open flames things would get out of hand occasionally.
This is an old LDS Church located I think in Layton just east of the Freeport Center. I’ve been aware of it for some time and for some reason always putting off taking any photos of it. Well at long last… The moon was up this morning, but by the time I got there it was gone, dang. The point of this little shoot is that the photos I take are a point in time and I believe in this case especially this building would have quite a story to tell. A collection of photo taken of this building over it’s history would be very interesting. By the way these are my first HDRs with my new set up. The HDR is processed in the camera. I’m not real sure if I like this because I like doing the process my self. There’s still a bit of post processing done to these photos.
Actually these photo’s are of an old homestead just out side the boundary of the Refuge. There’s a plaque on the main building indicating it was built in 1930. These were single shot hand held shots. Hope you like them. There some interesting things going on here. Most of the buildings have no roofs, grass and weeds growing up everywhere. The privy has fallen into the hole in used to sit over. The house is in pretty good shape considering the condition of the other buildings on the site.