If you’ve ever been to Temple Square around Christmas time, you’ll see many of the walks lined with lights. From hanging snowflake lanterns to illuminated pin-pricked bags. While standing on the far east end of Temple Square and photographing the LDS Salt Lake Temple, I saw two rows of these illuminated paper bags, each one with a word in a different language. A few even included a design – the Three Wise Men, a manger scene, or the Star of Bethlehem.
Even though I still had my 70-300mm lens attached after capturing the facade of the temple with the lit-up trees, I took a few steps backward and pointed my lens at the bags. The Christmas lights in the trees behind the bags offered a great opportunity to use a narrow depth of field to help highlight the bag. I also framed a second illuminated bag in the background to offer some additional perspective – but I couldn’t really tell what the bag read or what language it was in.
Canon 60D | 105mm | f/7.1 | 0.6 seconds | ISO 100 | RAW
I’ll have quite a few other photos from the Photowalking Utah meetup at Temple Square on Friday, December 27. I will share those in some upcoming blog posts. You are welcome to check them out on my Flickr page if you’d like. I’ve got them all posted there.