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Monday, April 15, 2013

A Shot In The Dark

Four in the morning comes way to early, but somehow I made it out of bed, got ready and was out the door for the two hour trip to the Bonneville Salt Flats. If you haven't been on the stretch of road on I-80 from Salt Lake to Wendover it is a straight and lonely road. By lonely, I mean at four in the morning it's you, your car, and nothing else. In fact the only thing to keep your interest is looking out your driver's side window at the very bright stars and the occasional car headlights shining in your eyes. The two hours crawled along and just when I thought it was never going to end, boom the rest stop appeared and I was there.

I got my gear, jumped out of the car, and hurried to capture the salt patterns I envisioned against the stars and the awesome sunrise. At least until I got half way down and saw that the whole flats were covered in several inches of water. Nooooo! I regrouped, took some quick shots of the brightening sky reflecting in the water and gave myself time to compose the shot I wanted in my mind.

There were some good salt deposits along the shore to add some depth and the sun would light up the mountains shortly. I jogged down the bank and found a couple nice compositions. The images I got aren't the typical shots for the salt flats and add a different level of satisfaction. Sometimes what we picture before the picture doesn't work out and plan b still makes the day great.