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You know it’s summer when the Utah Arts Festival rolls into town to take over Library Block and Washington Square in downtown Salt Lake City. (It’s always hot as blazes as well) My wife happens to work for one of the sponsors so we often are able to attend for free. My wife and I go alone most years, but this time we took the kids and had a great time, the art on display in all its variety was truly amazing!
So what does that have to do with my 52 week challenge? Let me introduce you to Bob Culbertson master musician and a great subject for HDR.
I took this shot knowing I had my “Looking Down” shot, and I knew I had to catch it in HDR to show off all those wonderful textures, converting it to B&W removed the distraction of the colors (which were nice, but a bit strong) leaving instead the essence of a man in the moment of creation. Thanks Bob, you’re amazing!
Here are some more shots I grabbed at the festival, it got dark shortly after we arrived so I limited my shooting and enjoyed looking and talking with the artists more than concentrating on getting “the shot”, but I got a few that I think capture the feeling of the festival.
Now the front view:
Besides sand sculpted dancers the festival also had real dancers… Belly dancers!
Other performers included music acts like the Salt Lake City Jazz Orchestra.
Over on the Park stage was the folk art music group Blue Sage
These interesting sculptures come from Casey and Deborah Bridges I would love to find one of these in the “wild.”
By now it was late so we headed for the car but we still had one or two more fun sights to see on our walk back first.
Well that’s it for this weeks challenge and shots, I hope you enjoyed this peek into the Utah Arts Festival, if you ever get a chance to visit I would highly recommend that you do.
Next up is the halfway point of the 52 week challenge…