Tag: Temples

Oquirrh Mountain Temple

Canon 40D, Sigma 10-20mm 1:4-5.6 EX DC HSM, 1/250, f/11, 16 mm, ISO 100

So I got a request the other day through my LDS Temple Photography site asking if I had any plans to add Oquirrh Mountain Temple to my list of photos.  I had been meaning to get up there forever to take some pics but just never had.  But it so happens that my work was moving to a mile away or so, and so I took the opportunity to run over for a quick photo shoot with the temple.

I got several great shots, and since I have had so little activity here lately maybe I’ll post a few of them.  I went in the morning and then made a return trip that evening to get some dusk/night shots.

This is also my first shot with my new wide angle lens.  I definitely wouldn’t have gotten the shots I wanted without it.  It’s a great addition to my bag.

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Los Angeles California Temple

During a recent family vacation to southern California to attend a family reunion, I thought I would beef up the selection on my LDS Temple Photography site and take pictures of the temples along the way.  Sometimes it would just have to be at the time we were passing by them, and so the lighting wasn’t the best, but something is better then nothing I guess.

The temples we visited were:

  1. St George Utah
  2. Las Vegas Nevada
  3. Los Angeles California
  4. Newport Beach California
  5. Redlands California

It was interesting to see temples from various eras.  St George being one of the originals.  Los Angeles being from the 1950’s.  Las Vegas from when there was kind of a “lots of spires” wave going on. Newport Beach and Redlands from the “mini” temple category.

We first visited Los Angeles at the worst part of the day with stark lighting from straight above (the “passiny by” reference from above).  After a visit to the beach, I steered the family back for a second visit just at dusk and was pleased to get my favorite temple shot of the vacation (above).

The one I was the most surprised by was Newport Beach.  The grounds were just gorgeous.  Rivaling Temple Square in my opinion.  Sadly there was a heavy smog that morning so it has a nice grey sky to backdrop it.

Newport Beach California Temple

Of all the places I expected to have nice fluffy white clouds in the background… the desert of Las Vegas was not it.  Just as we turned the corner where you can see Las Vegas for the first time there was this rain storm pounding the whole valley (yeah, crazy).  It hadn’t yet made it to the eastern edge where the temple was and by the time I got there the leading clouds were in the background.  It was perfect.

It’s very difficult to get a good shot of the whole temple.  It now has many mature trees on a smallish lot.  Most of the pictures I saw online were from when the palm trees were brand new.

Las Vegas Nevada Temple

Redlands is a bit special for my family as it is the temple a city away from where my mom grew up, and where most of my extended family currently resides.  I love the palm trees that surround it and act as natural spires.

Redlands California Temple

Last and certainly not least, is St George.  Again a family favorite as some great-great-great-great-grandfather helped to build it and apparently has a hand print in one of the upper window wells.  It’s odd how the little casual shot you can take on the way into the grounds can end up your favorite, over the ones you walk around forever to find “just the right angle”.  It sure was nice of that tree to grow as a natural frame like that.  A touch cheesy maybe, but you gotta have one of those every now and then 😉

St.  George Utah Temple

Many thanks to my family for putting up with my little side trips.  It was cool to visit 5 temples in 5 days, and it made for a memorable portion of our trip.

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Canon 40D, EFS 28-135 IS, 1/200, f/9, 33mm, ISO 400

While at a conference in Boston a few friends and I drove out to see the Boston Temple.  The walk up to the grounds from where we parked in the lower parking lot was absolutely beautiful.  I wish it was a blue sky day, but the colors were still a site to behold.

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Canon Rebel XT, EFS 28-135 IS, 1/320, f/11, 28 mm, ISO 200

Starting this up again after a bit of a hiatus due to the welcoming of a new member to our family (pics coming soon).

Yes this is more of a Christmas shot, but while Kaylene’s parents were visiting to see our new addition we had some pictures playing on our TV (thank you AppleTV) and her dad just went gaga over this shot.  So I thought, why not post it up for others to see as well.

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Minolta DiMAGE Z1, 1/3, f/3.2, 8 mm, ISO 50

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Canon Rebel XT, 18-55, 1/6, f/3.5, 18 mm, ISO 200

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Minolta DiMAGE Z1, 1/400, f/5.6, 6.9 mm, ISO 50

Taken while on a youth temple trip when I lived in the Kansas City area

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Canon Rebel XT, EFS 28-135 IS, 1/320, f/11, 28 mm, ISO 200

This is sort of an HDR shot in that parts are pulled from bracketed shots. I wish I could take credit for the timing of the shot. We were traveling back from Cedar City and I15 was shut down due to a fire at Cove Fort. So we redirected back up Highway 89 and came through manti at just the right time.

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Mount Timpanogos Temple

Canon PowerShot S2 IS, 1/800, f/4, 12 mm

This has been my my photo with the most purchases over at my SmugMug account. So far there have been 7 prints ordered of this photo. Not bad for a little point and shoot shot.

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Canon Rebel XT, EFS 28-135 IS, 1/250, f/9, 90 mm, ISO 100

Taken at a mini-photowalk in April


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