I’ve lived near Denver most of my life. I’ve seen it change significantly over the years - the elimination of the old 15th Street viaduct; the rebirth of Lower Downtown (LoDo) where once it was warehouse district occupied by mostly the homeless; and of course, Coors Field at 20th and Blake, surrounded by a vibrant mix of bars, restaurants, shops, and lofts.
Cities are great engines of creative possibility for a nighttime photographer. We lose the sunlight, but cities come alive with thousands of individual points of artificial light in different colors and shapes. We can (literally and figuratively) view our city in an entirely new light. When I shoot in downtown Denver, I usually start around dusk. That way I can still capture detail in the sky and on some of the buildings. I also bring a tripod, because most of my shots are with long exposures, which makes handheld photography unsuitable for this.
What I like about Denver is how it changes with just a short walk a few blocks – from upper downtown with its bright lights and neon, to Lodo with its brick buildings and sections that still remain unchanged and are full of history. One of these nights, if you happen to see a guy with a camera and tripod, then it might be me!
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Cherry Creek with its bike path flows right through lower downtown.
Historic Union Station, the way it was before a major renovation and the new Transit Center.