Lights of Love in Many Languages at Temple Square


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.

photo lights Temple Square Amor Spanish bokeh Christmas

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.

~signed, Carltonaut

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