A Time Machine, A Magic Wand

As this year comes to a close, I thought I would offer up five of my best shots from 2009. Each day will feature an image from this past year that I think was one of my best. In addition, I will give a back story for each photo.

“A Time Machine, A Magic Wand...” is the first in my Best Of 2009 series. On a lovely summer evening in May, I ventured downtown for my own personal photo-walk. The lights of the historic Larimer Square have always interested me. This particular night, I decided to try to capture some of what I always found interesting.

To get this particular shot, I stood on top of a bench with my camera mounted on a tripod, which was fully extended and the legs were in the gutter of the historic street. I drew the interest (and mild mockery) of some local bouncers outside of a near by club as well. All part of a day’s (or in this case, night’s) work.

My goal was to capture the essence of this historic landmark as well as the bustle of the city. To do this, I used a thirty second exposure to capture both the lights which make Larimer what it is, but also the lights of the passing cars.

When looking at this shot in the digital darkroom, I decided that the essence of the night would be further typified if the image was presented in black and white. The image you see above is the final product.

When all is said and done, I hope I provided a unique perspective of an iconic part of Denver.

This image is available for purchase here.