Earlier this month, there was a pretty heavy snow storm that blanketed the entire Salt Lake Valley. My drive for photography made me contemplate where I could go photograph a sunrise early the following morning. Since I am still getting to know the massive number of mountain trails nearby, I decided to check out the Oquirrh Mountain Temple. I’d been to this temple once in the summer, but thought the freshly fallen snow would be a great opportunity. I wasn’t wrong – but I was pretty darn cold!!
I arrived roughly 20 minutes before the actual sunrise and began photographing various angles. I must point out that my simply gloves were not protecting my hands from the bitter cold – which began to hurt after 20 minutes or so. After capturing a few photos from the temple grounds, I headed to an area north-east of the temple and attached my telephoto lens and snapped a few more. I liked this vantage point because of the majestic mountains towering up from behind the temple. But I don’t love the new homes being build at the temple’s base that to me were an eye-sore on the photo. If I were to go for a photo like this again, I will have to further explore a vantage point that would offer a stronger foreground element (snow-covered trees) that would block out the homes under construction.
I do have a version of the color photo in this blog post done in black and white, which you can check out on my Flickr page.
I look forward to capturing many more photos of this temple with the majestic Oquirrh Mountains in the background, especially since I have a new Canon 70-300mm IS USM lens (I used an old and cheap 200mm on the black and white photo in this post).