When I think of Utah I think of Salt Lake City. And when I think of Salt Lake City my thought process goes something like this: Salt Lake City >> Bonneville Salt Flats >> Speed Week >> Land Speed Records >> World’s Fastest Indian and so on…
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I managed to convince Renee that the Bonneville Salt Flats would be an amazing experience, so after relaxing at Antelope Island for a day we drove the 150mi to Bonneville Salt Flats. On Google there is a Bonneville Salt Flats state park depicted by a green section on the map with a tree icon. In reality the ‘Bonneville Salt Flats’ is a desert, a flat ancient lake bed of cracked salt stretching as far as the eye can see; there is no campsite just a truck stop on the side of the major highway 80. Don’t expect a tourist information centre or a nice boardwalk across the best salt flat section; there is none of this. Unfortunately we were not there during speed week either, if you want to catch racing you should go between August and October.
Major events for 2012:
Speed Week (Aug 11-17 2012) & World Finals (Oct 03-06 2012)
Fortunately we soon discovered how to have fun and capture some Must Take Photos at Bonneville Salt Flats
Must Take Photos – Play with Perception
With the two of us, a tripod and my camera on self timer we managed to snap some pretty cool photos.
We developed the technique where the ‘little person’ lined up the shot by adjusting the camera position and giving instructions to the ‘large person’. Once lined up the ‘little person’ pressed the shutter button and ran to the spot where they were supposed to be standing before the self timer took the photo. Of course if you had three people this would all be a lot easier.
These shots look cool because the terrain is so similar that it is hard to perceive depth. However because the salt floor was so consistent it was hard as the ‘little person’ to remember where you were supposed to be standing in the photo when you lined up the shot. Essentially we had to line up the shot around an imperfection on the ground which we could remember and then go and stand on before the self timer took the photo.
Sometimes we got it wrong.
But we also captured photos we were pretty happy with. Hope you like them.
It was fun to be able to take photos which I’d normally associate with Photoshop tinkering without any Photoshop at all. Note that we did edit the photos where the ‘little person’ was on the left hand side to remove the ‘little person’s’ shadow. When the ‘little person’ was on the right hand side their shadow was naturally hidden by the ‘big person’.
If you go Bonneville Salt Flats, you must take some perception deceiving photos!