The Queen City Awakens

A couple of weekends ago I was going to meet the Denver Photowalk Meetup Group for a morning downtown photowalk.  I decided to get up a bit earlier than our 6:30AM meeting time and capture the skyline of Denver at sunrise.  This picture is a blue hour shot of the Denver Skyline.  The lights of the buildings were still on as the sun was just below the horizon and the blue sky enhanced the skyline and sky contrasting against the orange glow of the street lights.  I’ve taken a night-time shot from this same location before.  If you have followed me on Flickr, it’s called Beacon of the Prairie.

There was some nice cloud movement this morning, but I was a little disappointed that there were some construction cranes in the picture.  There has been quite a bit of construction going on downtown lately.  I may have to try to Photoshop it out of this shot one day.

If you didn’t know, Denver was historically known as the Queen City of the Plains and the Queen City of the West.  This nickname came about because the role it played in the agriculture industry region in eastern Colorado.

Denver Sunrise
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Capture Notes:

  • Camera:  Canon EOS 5D Mk II
  • Lens:  Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L USM
  • ISO: 50
  • Focal Length:  58mm
  • Aperture:  f/16
  • Shutter Speed: 60 sec.
  • Post Processing:  Aperture – various adjustments, cropped to 16X9 format and sized for web
  • Hi Hans – good to meet you! Gorgeous skyline and light trails. As I was born in Denver, just a few short years ago, I am continually amazed at this wonderful city’s growth! I envy your proximity; you’ve definitely captured her beauty!