I had this brilliant idea to try and use my iPhone camera more often. I know a few iPhone photographers (or phoneopgraphers, if you will) who take stunning photos with nothing but their phones and a few apps, and the idea of touring a new place without hauling my big DSLR around appealed to me. I also love learning new skills and stretching my creative muscles whenever I can.
And so, for my first few days in Salt Lake City, I used nothing but my iPhone to capture the beautiful landscape and dramatic architecture of one of America’s most beautiful places to visit.
It was not the best idea I ever had.
If you squint, you can see the Salt Lake City skyline against the mountains. What you can’t see is that there seem to be mountains everywhere you look here. They aren’t just off to one side or way outside the city somewhere in nature; they are everywhere. They are a constant backdrop against which normal life moves here.
Normal life in Salt Lake City, it seems, includes a public library with a rooftop garden – and more mountains. (Or maybe the same mountains? It’s hard to tell.)
Speaking of the library, we’ve spent the majority of our time in the City Library, the main branch of the Salt Lake City public library. You might not consider a library as one of the places to visit when you’re traveling, but we’ve come to love popping into libraries on our USA road trip. Their great for free wifi and getting a feel of a city’s unique vibe.
The vibe at the City Library was undoubtedly cool. Hip. Modern. Progressive.
None of those are words I would have associated with Salt Lake City before this week.
To be fair, we haven’t done a lot of exploring yet. We’ve mostly driven from one hotspot to another and eaten Ethiopian food. On Thursday we’ll begin a three-day marathon tour of the city’s more notable tourist attractions.
I think I’ll be bringing my regular camera.
Do you take a ‘real’ camera with you when you travel, or does your camera phone do the trick?
This post, like this trip, was made possible in part by our book sponsors. They happen to have a great book available featuring some of the sights of Salt Lake City (and they aren’t taken with an iPhone.) Check out Salt Lake City Then and Now.