Watching the weather forecasts is essentioal when trying to plan to shoot sunsets. I had been getting the itch to get out and photograph an interesting sunset for quite some time.
And to my luck, the forecast was for favorable conditions on the day I had an appointment in the northwest Salt Lake Valley. It is not often that I find myself up in this area so close to The Great Salt Lake. So I decided to bring the camera gear with me in case the afternoon conditions looked good when I was up there. You never really know when that elusive Mystic Light will appear, but one thing is for sure, if you are not out there with your camera, you are not going to capture it when it shows itself.
I have been up in this area shooting on a couple of occasions and was pretty successful at coming away with some great images. But this time I was looking for something a little different than the prior visits. After giving it some thought, I decided on trying to find the location of the original Saltair Pavilion. Both previous times I had gone out to where the new Saltair building is located. Images, info and stories from those trips can be found here and here.
The original Saltair Pavilion was built in the late 1800′s as a joint venture between the Mormon church and the Los Angeles and Salt Lake Railroad Company. The structure was used as a dance hall and as a resort/amusement park for those wishing to vacation on the shoreline of The Great Salt Lake. It was built and rested on over 2,000 posts and pilings, many of which remain and are still visible over 110 years later. This is what I was looking for. Not just for its historical significance, but also to use the remnants as artistic elements for my photography.