That's a Wrap

Last of Christmas


I made it a goal this year to document the small things around me where I live.  As I’ve looked through the few photos that exist from my childhood I’m interested not only people but the “things” in the picture.  They probably don’t mean much to most people but I think my kids and grandkids will be interested one day.  My wife has started her 2-3 day marathon of transforming our house back to the pre-holiday state.  She loves the holidays and this is just a portion of what is being put back into storage for 10 months before it starts over again.

Welcome 2016 (leap year)

Welcome 2016

Today’s configuration: Leica M(240) with a Summicron 50mm lens

December has been a month of self reflection for me.  I have made quite a few changes with my photography journey the last 12 months  

The first change was to give up Facebook.  I deleted the app from my phone a few months ago for a month and didn’t miss a thing.  I noticed that my feed contained about 80% garbage and 20% worthwhile stuff.  I decided that it’s not worth it for me to wade through the 80% garbage to get to the good stuff.  I don’t have time for that anymore.  

The second thing I did was I made a major investment in film photography.  My first purchase was a medium format Yashica Mat 124G TLR in mint condition.  I love medium format film and this move made sense for me.  I love using a TLR, it slows me down and makes me think about what I’m doing.  I also purchased a another Leica camera.  This time a Leia M6 TTL in mint condition.  It was manufactured in 2001 and is a beautiful camera.  I’ve shot a few rolls through it and I’m still getting used to it but I have to say it’s a beautiful camera. 

The third thing I’m curently working on is selling off all my Canon gear, all of it.  It sits on my shelf collecting dust and doesn’t make sense for me to keep.  I’m also selling all my other gear that I no longer use.  I recently sold my Sony RX100 MII, it was a beautiful camera but wasn’t used enough to justify keeping it.  

Who knows what will happen this year.  I want to spend less time online and more quality time with my family.

-thanks for stopping by

A day at the skate park


I took out a new(used) camera out Saturday(which I will write about later) and ran into these guys at the skate park and wanted to try out some zone focussing on my Leica M.  This was my first time using this method and I have to say I really like using it.  I was able to focus on my composition and not worry about messing around with the focus.  I can see why street photographers prefer this method.  These guys liked the attention and were more than happy to repeat some tricks for me.  It was a perfect day for shooting and skating, we’ve been in a bit of a cold spell and as you can tell by the snow in the background the temperature was hovering just above freezing.







Salt Lake City Utah at Sunset


Last week I had the opportunity to participate in a Create LDS Media photowalk in downtown Salt Lake City Utah on top of the LDS Church Office Building.  The observation deck is on the 26th floor which gave us an awesome view of the valley.  The image above is my favorite from the evening, I’m a sucker for long exposure dusk photos.  While we weren’t able to get a great sunset picture due to a storm on the west horizon, this long exposure is pretty amazing.  I had a great evening getting to know new people and reacquainting with some old friends.













Antelope Island Balloon Stampede

Saturday morning I woke up before dawn to head to the Balloon Festival at Antelope Island.  I attended last year and was able to volunteer so I didn’t get the photos I had hoped for.  So this year I was excited to attend the morning launch then back in the evening for the night glow.

When I arrived the wind was blowing pretty hard so they announced that they were going to inflate one balloon tethered to a truck so people would feel like they got their money’s worth.   No balloons were launched that morning due to high wind, and the night glow was cancelled due to wind, rain and lightning.

On my drive back I was able to stop and photograph some Bison that were feeding.  I sat in the field watching as they would roll around in the dirt to get the flies off their backs.

I will be back next year to hopefully get some great shots that were missed this year.

Sunday Playtime

Canon 40D * EF-70-200mm f/4.0L lens * ISO 400 * 1/4000 second * f/4.0

Today’s photo was taken at the Willard Bay State Park just north of Ogden Utah. I got a kick out of watching this dog retrieve the ball over and over. He was competing with two other dogs and would always get to the ball first. I’m not sure why the two other dogs kept playing the game?  Guess that’s why I’m not “Man’s best friend”!

Post-Photowalking Utah – TRAX

Canon 40D * Canon EF-24-105mm f/4.0 lens * ISO 400 * 1/1600 second * f/8

Had a blast once again at our March Photowalking Utah event. It was a cold windy day but it didn’t stop about twenty-five of us. We had quite a few newbies join this time.

We all boarded the TRAX light-rail and rode around the city stopping at a few locations for a mini (15 minutes) photo shoot before we boarded the next train.

I felt a little out of my comfort zone, I just purchased a Canon 40D and am not familiar with all the functions. I’m going on a business trip tomorrow to Seattle and am planning on getting out to shoot at night to get familiar with my new toy. So far I’m really impressed in the design and speed, this is definitely a step up from my Canon XTi.

You can check all the photos from the event here. My Flickr set here, be sure to check back. I will be adding more photos later this week when I get time to process them.

Where do you call home?

As I was sitting in my den last week I glanced over at the world globe sitting on my floor and started to take note of all the places that I’ve visited either for business or pleasure. I’ve been pretty lucky with my job to be able to visit other countries, and while they were fun and exciting places to visit I was always grateful to come home. There’s nothing like coming home to a place you can call your own and be surrounded by people and things you enjoy.

With the internet age, this world has gotten smaller. I met a great photographer a few months ago while I was in San Francisco who is from Australia. We keep in contact and comment frequently on each others blogs and flickr streams. I”m amazed at how simple it is these days for people with a common interest to keep in touch.

Feel free to leave a comment to let me know where you call home?

Canon XTi
Canon EF-100mm f/2.8 Macro lens
ISO 200
1/30 second


Photowalk West Side Gallery

Water Tower, originally uploaded by Scott O. Smith.

Had a great time at the Photowalk West Side Gallery in Salt Lake City this weekend. The walkabout this time was around the 5th west and 2nd south block just behind the Rio Grande station. The weather was perfect, It was fun to meet new photo geeks and socialize.

Kudos to newcomer Douglas for showing up with his iPhone. His daughter forgot her SD card for her camera, luckily she was able to use her video camera.

We discussed a possible location for our next Photowalk. Be sure to check out our flickr group for more information and all the photos. You can check out all the photo geeks streams here: Ann, Harley, Diane, Elizabeth, Bryan, Thom, Douglas and mine.

I’m planning on attending the Photowalk Downtown and North Beach in San Francisco November 5th. If your thinking about attending a Photowalk or organizing one where you live, I encourage you to do so.

Canon XTi, Canon EF-24-105mm f/4.0L lens, 1/1250 second, f/4.0, ISO 100

Room at the Top

Room at the Top, originally uploaded by Scott O. Smith.

Taken at Antelope Island looking East towards Francis Peak(Wasatch Range). This photo doesn’t do much justice to show the height of these peaks. The elevation of this photo is at 4200 feet, the elevation of Francis Peak is 9700 feet. I never get tired of the view.

Canon XTi, Canon EF-24-105mm f/4.0L lens, 1/15 second, f/4.0, ISO 100


Snowcapped Mountains

Snowcapped Mountains, originally uploaded by Scott O. Smith.

Northern Utah received it’s first major snow this past weekend. Several ski resorts have announced when they will be opening. Alta is the first to open November 15th.
Utah is known for great powder. One reason people keep coming back is the short distance to the resorts. A quick 30 – 45 minute drive will get you to just about any resort.
I plan on learning how to snowboard with my daughter this year. I’m not sure if my knees and backside can take the abuse.

Canon XTi, Canon EF-24-105mm f/4.0L lens, 1/320 second, f/8.0, ISO 100