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It seems fitting that the second half of the 52 week challenge should start with the profound theme of “Reflections.” It’s a contemplative and rich theme, but I wasn’t nearly so deep and philosophical this week and instead shot for it much more literally.
Located just southwest of Temple Square sits the beautiful home of the Utah Symphony. Abravanel Hall is truly a gem in the heart of our city, I have had the priviledge to attend many (but not nearly enough) concerts of various musical styles at Abravanel Hall and every time I visit I am awestruck by the beauty of the lobby and the hall itself. One of the newest additions to the Hall was an original glass sculpture made by master glass artist Dale Chihuly. Named the “Olympic Tower” it was installed just prior to the 2002 Winter Olympic games hosted here in Salt Lake City. The sculpture was sold to Salt Lake City at a reduced price on the provision that it be visible to the public without requiring them to purchase admission, as a result it sits prominently in the lobby next to the entrance and as you can see in this and the photographs below it’s easy to view.
As the sun set I drove up past the State Capitol Building to try and get a shot of the sun reflecting off the waters of the nearby Great Salt Lake.
And finally I’ll leave you with what would have been a perfect shot had I been paying more attention to the little details that separates “OK” pictures from “Great” pictures.
As we left Abravanel Hall driving west directly into the sunset, we had to stop at a stoplight and as we were waiting I noticed in my rearview mirror that the lightrail “Trax” train was going to pass by next to us, (very closely in fact) in my mind I saw a shot of the setting sun reflecting off the shiny rail car and luckily my wife was holding my camera instead of it being in my bag, so I grabbed it and lifted it up just in time to grab a few frames as the train rumbled past. “Wow that’s cool” I thought as I made a really quick chimp at the shot in the LCD, (the light had turned green and I had to drive) What I didn’t realize until later was that I had mis-composed the shot by the just the littlest amount, but that was enough to make what should have been a great shot much less, in fact it’s basically a throw away now, but I’ll share it with you as a reminder to pay attention to the details even if it’s happening fast.
Can you see what I messed up with in my composition? I’ll wait…
See my side mirror? It’s reflecting the tail end of the train and the city backdrop beautifully, only I’m not showing it fully!! Aaargh!
I actually drove around and tried to re-create this shot, but it was too late, the light and train were gone. A hard lesson to learn and a great shot lost, but a valuable experience to hopefully help me become a better photographer.