Saturday, August 1, 2015

Road Trip: California To Utah - Part 4: Saying Goodbye To Utah

Oquirrh Peaks - South Jordan, Utah
Nikon D3300 DSLR with a Nikkor 55-200mm AF-S DX f/4-5.6G ED lens at 175mm.
Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 5

After our downtown adventure, we explored more of the Salt Lake City metro area. We stopped at Best Burger (which, if you are wondering, was good, but I wouldn't call it "best") and tried "fry sauce" for the first time. Fry sauce is big in Utah, and we were surprised to find it even at some of the national chain restaurants. It's similar to thousand island dressing, and you dip your french fries in it. It was interesting to try fry sauce, but my preferred condiment for fry dipping will remain ranch dressing.

In the afternoon we headed up to Park City to check that town out. Park City was the site of the 2002 Winter Olympics, and reminders of that event remain intact. It's a cool little town, quite spread out with newer and older areas. I think it would be interesting to see it covered in snow.

After that we headed back to our hotel to prepare for our morning departure. We spent two full days in Salt Lake City and had a productive time, accomplishing what we wanted to accomplish with this trip (despite illness setbacks).
Best Burger Sign - North Salt Lake, Utah
Nikon D3300 DSLR with a Nikkor 55-200mm AF-S DX f/4-5.6G ED lens at 60mm.
As you may have noticed in the photographs, we encountered rain and storms throughout the trip. The sky was sometimes sunny, but more often than not clouds were in the sky. That proved to be good for photography because clouds can add needed interest and drama to a scene.

In the morning we loaded up the car and headed out right after breakfast. We made one final stop and then got on the Interstate 15 freeway south towards Las Vegas. This is a long stretch of freeway that passes through many empty landscapes. 

On the way up we had passed the Virgin River Canyon in Arizona. We didn't have time to stop, but we made a note to visit the place on the way back down. And so we did. It's a beautiful spot in the desert with red rock cliffs contrasted with green vegetation along the (nearly dry) river.
White Distant Peak - Park City, Utah
Nikon D3300 DSLR with a Nikkor 55-200mm AF-S DX f/4-5.6G ED lens at 200mm.
After many hours on the road, we pulled into Las Vegas in the evening, a couple of hours before sundown. Like on our way out, we got a hotel at the north end of the strip to save money.

The lens of choice for my Nikon D3300 DSLR continued to be a Nikkor 55-200mm AF-S DX f/4-5.6G ED. The telephoto reach and flexibility of the lens proved to be beneficial, despite the loss in sharpness (especially at the longer end) compared to a prime lens. I also used the FED 5c rangefinder with Plus-X 125 film for a few images.

I post-processed the digital files using Alien Skin Exposure 7 software. The film was developed and scanned at a lab, and then split-toned using Exposure 7.

Part 5
Hotel Curtains - Midvale, Utah
FED 5c Rangefinder, Industar 61 L/Z 50mm f/2.8 lens, Kodak Plus-X 125.
Virgin River Canyon - Littlefield, Arizona
Nikon D3300 DSLR with a Nikkor 55-200mm AF-S DX f/4-5.6G ED lens at 155mm.
Desolate Desert Hills - Littlefield, Arizona
Nikon D3300 DSLR with a Nikkor 55-200mm AF-S DX f4-5.6G ED lens at 66mm.
Climate Controlled Car - Littlefield, Arizona
Nikon D3300 DSLR with a Nikkor 55-200mm AF-S DX f/4-5.6G ED lens at 165mm.
Clouds Over Desert Mountains - Glendale, Nevada
Nikon D3300 DSLR with a Nikkor AF-S DX f/4-5.6G ED lens at 200mm.
Exit 64 - Crystal, Nevada
FED 5c Rangefinder, Industar 61 L/Z 50mm f/2.8 lens, Kodak Plus-X 125.
Freeway Entrance - Las Vegas, Nevada
Nikon D3300 DSLR with a Nikkor 55-200mm AF-S DX f/4-5.6G ED lens at 200mm.
I-15 Travelers - Las Vegas, Nevada
FED 5c Rangefinder, Industar 61 L/Z 50mm f/2.8 lens, Kodak Plus-X 125.

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