Friday, October 12, 2012

UTAH: CITY CREEK MALL

One of the places that we visited on our trip to Utah was City Creek Mall, a new, upscale mall in downtown Salt Lake City owned and managed by the Mormon church.  I didn't spend a lot of time in the mall but did take a few photos.  Nothing great, but I thought I would throw them in.

The mall has a very open, urban feel, which worked well in the 75 degree weather.  However, come winter, it features a system of curved panels that can be drawn across the top of the central space to create a covered structure.  I thought the arced supports for the panels made an interesting composition.  Here are a couple of shots.



Here is a series of support pillars that I thought made a nice composition.


The mall also featured a number of fountains.  In this following shot I wanted to focus on the nearest stream of water and let the more distant streams fall progressively out of focus.


The fact that the lens was wide open allowed a faster shutter speed (1/640th second) to freeze the action of the water.

I also wanted to limit the depth of field in the following shot, to focus on the jets of water.  Again, I also wanted to maximize the shutter speed, which was 1/250th second.


I liked that there were people in the background to provide scale, but I was also pleased that they were out of focus.

Finally, here are a couple of detail shots.  First is simply a cluster of baubles hung in front of some sort of art work.


And here is the door handle for the Tiffany's store.


Even though this was taken at a relatively slow 1/35th second, there is no motion blur in the shot.

Taken with my Nikon D7000 with Nikkor 24-120mm f/4 lens.

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