This morning I did something I’d been wanting to do ever since I moved here—I went to the hot-air balloon festival in Provo, Utah. And, thanks to my new 14mm lens I was able to get some pretty cool photos that would have been difficult with any of my existing lenses (like the above image) … it was a very last-minute trip and a perfect opportunity to take it on a test-run. I tend to photograph a lot of tight, close-in shallow DOF photos and I’m really excited to have a crazy wide lens added to my photography arsenal.

In a few hours I’ll be getting on a plane to go visit family over the holiday weekend, but getting up at 4:30 AM after about two hours of sleep was totally worth the morning photography trip, especially since I only have a few months left here in Utah. This photo is, so far, one of my favorites … I have a feeling this will be printed and hanging on one of my walls in the near future.