On Christmas in 2014 once I headed out to Golden just after the snow started falling the afternoon. Being at some friends not far from Golden I was almost there already so it seemed to be a good decision. The drive out to Golden was quite interesting as the snow was coming down fast at times with the wind blowing. Upon arriving in Golden I was treated to a fresh blanket of snow and plenty of holiday lights. As I was exploring some lights in the distance on a tree I found the bridge and later this vantage point along Clear Creek which was a great spot to capture a snowy Christmas in the Denver area.
I headed up to Dinosaur Ridge to scout and take some images of a scene I first noticed a few years ago. The clouds were starting to move in so I wasn’t sure if the weather would cooperate however you never know unless you are there. Once I found the location again I searched nearby for better areas and set-up my tripod be aware of small cactus in the area as well. As the sun set over the mountains I worked on some long exposures including the one in this post, leaving me better prepared as I head back to the area this spring.
Prints: Interstate 70
Just before Christmas a few years ago, a sizable snow storm moved through the front range of Colorado. As the snow started to fall I decided to head out and photograph in an area I had not been during a storm which was downtown Littleton Colorado. The above image was taken as I arrived in the area, and after spending a little more than an hour in the snow I left with a few inches more of snow on the ground as it picked up intensity during the time I was there. This made for an interesting drive home, but it was all worth it being out in the conditions taking pictures.
Exploring one evening I went to the backside of Green Mountain and as I crossed C-470 I noticed the traffic flowing in the darkness of the night. Looking down at the road with my headlamp on I found an opening in the fencing and positioned my camera for some longer exposures in the area. It was just past the new moon so it was quite dark in the area with an occasional mountain biker passing me from their evening ride on the mountain. After spending some time at the location I thought of some new ideas to photograph in the area and will be back in the upcoming weeks to try those ideas out with my camera.
Prints: Traffic in the Night
Just after the first of the year in 2015, a significant snowfall came into the Denver area. With this snowfall I took advantage of photographing the B52 outside Wings of the Rockies. This was the first year holiday lights were placed on this large aircraft. As I arrived to the location just prior to dusk I look at some vantage points and then started photographing as it got dark, at time fighting with the heavy snow coming down right into the camera lens. This was a nice addition to the Denver holiday lights list this year and hopefully it will return in upcoming years as well.
A single aircraft departs and begins an easterly turn on a cool December evening south of Denver International Airport. With some high clouds in the sky, the light from the airport illuminates the bottoms to provide contrast. This image is a 45 second exposure, from about four miles south of the airport. The solid white lines are the landing lights, while the dots on the path is the beacon light.
Prints: Aircraft Departing
I was photographing downtown Denver from Cheesman Park when a storm moved into the city in early July 2014. From my location I watched as the sky started to light up across Denver and continued to photograph from my location until it was no longer safe to do so. With a quick shutter I capture many images of the skyline including this one as lightning lit the Denver skyline through the pavilion at Cheesman Park.
On this day in November 2010, a little snow fell and as I drove past the park I noticed the snow sticking to the track of the Cyclone. Stopping and walking along the outside of the park, I photographed some parts of the coaster which were above the fence of the park. It won’t be long before this coaster is open for the summer and more enjoyment for the people who visit.
Prints: Waiting for the Season
Just before Christmas 2011 almost twelve inches of snow fell in the Denver area. As the snow was ending I headed out and photographed around town. The last stop I made was at Willis Case Golf Course in northwest Denver. The area was filled with people sledding on the fresh snow, and as I made my way out on the golf course I looked for fresh snow and trees to photograph. From a distance I spotted a tree which looked interesting in its location and when I got there found the fresh snow surrounding the area which I photographed and created this image.
Prints: Tree in Colorado Snow
The holiday lights in downtown Denver are quite popular to view and photograph, including the City and County of Denver building seen in this image. For this photograph I wanted to get a perspective not normally obtained and searched for some snow across the street in Civic Center Park. By being low to the ground the footprints leading towards the building became my central focus to place the viewer in the scene itself and lead them towards the decorated building.
Prints: Holidays in Denver
Cards: Holidays in Denver