When I got the work assignment to head to a small rural town near Manti, Utah, I set out at 5 am from my home in Sandy so I could photograph the Manti Utah Temple at sunrise. The last time I had been to Manti it was to watch the Mormon Miracle Pageant in Manti more than 10 years ago. I wasn’t really sure what the setting was going to be like, where I could go to capture the temple and clouds, but I figured I would make the best of it when I arrived. Sure enough, from the moment I arrived I moved around the temple grounds trying to find the best shot. The temple is on top of a hill, so my 10-22mm lens offered an interesting perspective, but it wasn’t almost too strong. So I backed up, which meant I was further down the hill than I really wanted to be. But when the rising sun hit the white clouds overhead, I rushed to back up further and change my angle so I could capture the colors in the sky along with the temple. I am pleased with the resulting photo, but I found another spot later in the morning that would also work well for a sunrise shot, so I’ll just have to make another trip to Manti in the future.
Canon 60D | 22mm | 1/60 | f/6.3 | ISO 200 | RAW
Check out the other photo I snapped of the temple about 20 minutes earlier, and standing lots closer to the temple on my Flickr page.