Saturday, July 25, 2015

Road Trip: California To Utah - Part 2: Around Salt Lake City

Tooele Hill - Tooele, Utah
Nikon D3300 DSLR with a Nikkor 55-200mm AF-S DX f/4-5.5G ED lens at 130mm.

Our five-year-old son awoke in the middle of the night with the same sickness that his younger brother had. Now both of our boys were feeling terrible with a stomach bug, and we were going through laundry like crazy. Thankfully our hotel had a laundromat. We later joked that the hotel got their money's worth out of us, with all of the quarters we put into those machines.

The agenda for our first full day in Salt Lake City was to drive around and explore. We went as far west as Tooele and as far north as Syracuse. I'll spare you the details because they're not particularly exciting.

About halfway through exploring our seven-year-old daughter caught the same stomach bug that our other two kids had. Now all three were sick!
Oquirrh Mountains Behind White Trees - Stansbury Park, Utah
Nikon D3300 DSLR with a Nikkor 55-200mm AF-S DX f/4-5.6G ED lens at 175mm.
One Salt Lake City observation is that it's very clean. Even the "bad parts" don't look all that bad compared to the bad parts of pretty much any other large city that I've been to before. I never felt unsafe. The infrastructure seemed well maintained.

Another observation is that the people are friendly and considerate--at least the ones we came across. We saw many acts of kindness, and we were even the recipients of kind acts a couple of times. With our brief experience it appears that the city is filled with good people.

A final observation is that great natural beauty is commonplace in Salt Lake City. All of the landscape photographs in this post were captured in ordinary locations. Tooele Hill was captured in a restaurant parking lot. Oquirrh Mountains Behind White Trees and Snowy Mountain Peak were captured in neighborhoods. Wasatch Mountains Topped With Snow was captured in a Walmart parking lot. Green Hill, White Mountain and Infrared Tree Line were captured at a park. Wasatch Peak was captured at our hotel. Wasatch Mountains In Blue was captured at a pizza joint. There are great views of majestic mountains literally everywhere!
Wasatch Mountains Topped With Snow - Syracuse, Utah
Nikon D3300 DSLR with a Nikkor 55-200mm AF-S DX f/4-5.6G ED lens at 130mm.
You may have noticed that the only lens I used on this day on my Nikon D3300 DSLR was a telephone zoom, a Nikkor 55-200mm AF-S DX f/4-5.6G ED lens. This is the most extensive use this lens has seen, and because of that I used Shutter-Priority mode on the camera more than usual. With the longer focal lengths I wanted a fast shutter speed to help ensure sharp photographs.

I post-processed the photographs using Alien Skin Exposure 7 software. It became obvious to my critical eye that the telephoto zoom isn't nearly as sharp as my prime lens, a Nikkor 40mm AF-S DX f/2.8G Micro, which is no surprise. Prime lenses are inherently sharper than zooms, especially cheap zooms like the one I used. Still, the lens has sufficient sharpness, as you can see in the images here.

Overall, despite the health challenges, it was an interesting and somewhat productive day (both from a photographic standpoint and also for what we were there for). But there certainly was more to come on our second full day in Salt Lake City.

Part 3  
Snowy Mountain Peak - Fruit Heights, Utah
Nikon D3300 DSLR with a Nikkor 55-200mm AF-S DX f/4-5.6G ED lens at 185mm.
Green Hill, White Mountain - Fruit Heights, Utah
Nikon D3300 DSLR with a Nikkor 55-200mm AF-S DX f/4-5.6G ED lens at 155mm.
Jon At A Park - Fruit Heights, Utah
Nikon D3300 DSLR with a Nikkor 55-200mm AF-S DX f/4-5.6G ED lens at 105mm.
Infrared Tree Line - Fruit Heights, Utah
Nikon D3300 DSLR with a Nikkor 55-200mm AF-S DX f4-5.6G ED lens at 90mm.
A Wasatch Peak - Midvale, Utah
Nikon D3300 DSLR with a Nikkor 55-200mm AF-S DX f4-5.6G ED lens at 155mm.
Wasatch Mountains In Blue - Midvale, Utah
Nikon D3300 DSLR with a Nikkor 55-200mm AF-S DX f4-5.6G ED lens at 135mm.

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