New Year’s Eve Fireworks over the Denver skyline

  • December 31, 2012 · 8:00 PM
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Once again, the Denver Downtown Partnership will be sponsoring New Year’s Eve Firework displays at two locations above the 16th Street Mall. Let’s see if we can capture both of them over the Denver skyline from the west side of I-25. Ideally, we would want to be lined up perpendicular to the 16th Street Mall so that the two firework plumes are separated in our photos. The location we’ve chosen above Sports Authority Mile High Stadium doesn’t strictly meet that criteria but it is probably the best vantage point that’s possible. We should be able to get a better shot of both plumes of fireworks from here than from Diamond Hill. And we’ll have the Elitches roller coaster in the foreground. Let’s have some fun and give it a try.

The fireworks will go off twice on New Year’s Eve, at 9pm and at midnight. We plan on shooting the earlier one at 9pm so we can be finished early enough that everyone can go on to join their respective friends for champagne at midnight or other celebrations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When: December 31st, 2012 - 8:00 pm

Where: Mile High Stadium Circle Street, between 18th and 20th Street, above the Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium parking lots.

Parking: All the parking lots in the Mile High neighborhood are restricted or private parking. We have a limited number of permits to park at the Burger King at 1800 Federal Blvd, 80204 from 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm and must vacate the parking lot no later than 9:45 or risk being towed. (Map)


Note:

Parking space is normally $50/car but we were able to get a special one-time waiver. Please check back for updates on how to get a permit for your dashboard as we get closer to Dec 31st. Purchasing food and drink at Burger King only qualifies you for free parking while you are in the restaurant. We have been told by the manager that you cannot leave your car there and walk away without the permit even if you have purchased something in the restaurant.

 

What to bring: Tripods, tripods, tripods! A remote shutter release and an extra battery. Depending on how cold it is, batteries get used up quite quickly at temperatures below camera specs. If you only have one battery, keep it in your pocket close to your body until you are ready to use it. Body warmth will slow down the drain.

Plan to dress warm! We may luck out and have a balmy night but more likely, we should be prepared for cold temperatures.

Let’s meet around 8pm so we can set up and be ready to shoot when the fireworks go off.

Meetup Hostess: Liz

Caveat: I have done night shoots but have not shot fireworks in particular before and cannot offer any coaching. If there are more experienced members who can give input on the best way to shoot fireworks, we would appreciate it. In the meantime here is a website to find out more:

http://digital-photography-school.com/how-to-photograph-fireworks

More info on the downtown event itself: http://www.downtowndenver.com/Life/WhattoDo/SeasonalEvents/NewYearsEveFireworksDowntown/tabid/225/Default.aspx

 

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  • Anna

    Thanks Liz for the great job putting this together. I kinda forced myself to go out. I was disappointed in the fireworks display tho. Pretty blah. Of course nothing in your control, you did great and of course great seeing you.

    January 1, 2013

    • Liz

      Thanks Anna....great seeing you too!

      January 2, 2013

  • Richard B.

    For a cold freezing night I was impressed by the people who showed up. I went over to Diamond Hill for what I thought would be a closer view. I hate to say, but the Fireworks were disapointing from my vantage point. If you look at the photos I posted It looks more like a building on fire than a fireworks show. Also, I don't hve a Bulb setting for my little instamatic. I'll try better next fireworks show.

    1 · January 1, 2013

    • Kristal K.

      Richard, do you think the Diamond Hill location is too low to view the fireworks? I agree about the north end of 16th looked more like "buildings on fire!"

      January 1, 2013

    • Richard B.

      Diamond Hill is a great venue if you can get above the wires, poles and trees. I thought the fireworks were going to be set off at both ends of the mall. I was trying to get an angle with the buildings in the background. Maybe next time.

      January 1, 2013

  • Conrad G.

    This was a great event even though our vantage point was not optimal. Everyone was is good spirits despite the cold weather. We had a great time!

    January 1, 2013

    • Liz

      I was right on the mall several years ago (before owning a DSLR). It's a good vantage point but the mall is very very crowded. I was concerned about meetup members having enough space to set up tripods, getting yourselves and expensive camera equipment knocked around by tipsy New Years Eve revelers and other hazards of shooting on this particular holiday night. I didn't want that responsibility...

      January 1, 2013

    • Liz

      Your photos are great Conrad! ....I learned something new about shooting fireworks in a cityscape just by studying them.

      January 1, 2013

  • Liz

    Thanks everyone for all your kind words! I hope everyone has thawed out!!!

    January 1, 2013

  • Betsy

    I didn't get to go last night having recently caught a cold. I hope everyone had fun and I am enjoying seeing the wonderful photos. I just wanted to say "thank you" to Liz for such a great job in organizing this event. Liz, you really put your all into it to make it special for everyone!

    1 · January 1, 2013

  • Kristal K.

    Had a great time last night! We had a wonderful turnout for a chilly holiday night. Thank you everyone for supporting the Group and most of all thank you to Liz! Without her research and careful planning this event would not have happened! Yeah Liz!

    1 · January 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Happy New Year! I had a great time last night. It was great meeting everyone! Kudos to Liz for organizing this event! I look forward to the next one!

    2 · January 1, 2013

  • Liz

    All, thanks for braving the frigid weather to come out and shoot the fireworks with me! This meetup probably had more coordinating details than other meetups because of parking but I just wanted to encourage you all to post a meetup of a photoshoot you would like to do. If you have an idea for a fun photo event, just contact Kristal or Teri. You will find them just as supportive as I did!

    January 1, 2013

  • Brad M.

    Met all my expectations; great shoot, all 8 minutes of it!

    2 · January 1, 2013

  • Vicki

    Okay, so it only lasted about 8 min. and yes, the display didn't go very high into the sky... but it was a cool group and Liz was great! I enjoyed myself. Now to thaw...

    2 · January 1, 2013

  • Kristal K.

    Thank you Liz for putting together a great evening!

    1 · January 1, 2013

  • Martin S.

    It was awesome! Liz did a fantastic job organizing this event.

    2 · December 31, 2012

  • Kristal K.

    The fireworks will last 8 minutes. We better be ready, that's not very long!

    December 31, 2012

    • Liz

      I'm not seeing anything on the news that says it's cancelled.

      December 31, 2012

    • Anna

      Ok, was just checking. I was driving back from the springs and it was really cloudy, so wasnt sure. I know nothing about how these things work. ;) Well alrighty...see you laters then.

      December 31, 2012

  • Karen F.

    Liz, you've put a lot of work into organizing this event. Thank you so much for your effort! I look forward to meeting you tonight.

    1 · December 31, 2012

    • Liz

      Thank you Karen and you are welcome. It was an interesting challenge putting this meetup together. I'm looking forward to meeting you too!

      December 31, 2012

  • Liz

    Doug, if you see this message in time, I've closed the RSVPs but consider yourself included and come join us. Thanks for being considerate and dropping out so that John and guest could get approved. We have enough people who have dropped out at the last minute so there is a slot open for you.

    December 31, 2012

    • Anna

      hey Liz. do you think they will still have fireworks tonight

      December 31, 2012

  • Anna

    We will be carpooling with karen. That makes 3....one more?

    December 31, 2012

  • Vicki

    Hey Liz , do you still want me to meet you at Aspen Grove? Time? Place? Looking forward to a chilly event!

    December 31, 2012

  • Martin S.

    Does anyone know which RTD route goes near there? It might make sense to park at a Park & Ride and then take the bus.

    December 27, 2012

    • Liz

      Martin, in case you didn't know, all local RTD and light rail is free starting at 7pm on New Years Eve.

      December 31, 2012

    • Martin S.

      Excellent. My wife and I will take the 31 bus and meet you at Burger King.

      December 31, 2012

  • Vicki

    updates on how to get a permit - is this gonna' cost? I'm wondering what Brad is wondering....

    1 · December 26, 2012

    • Brad M.

      Does Burger King have hot chocolate?

      December 31, 2012

    • Liz

      Everything but hot chocolate .....I was wondering the same thing.

      December 31, 2012

  • Liz

    My apologies to the two couples on the waiting list.

    December 31, 2012

  • Liz

    Doug and everyone, I have noticed that the meetup system has a problem with approving requests for two slots together when only one open slot comes up at a time from cancellations. The only way I think I can solve this problem is to close the RSVPs now to let the system accumulate more than one open slot from here on out so couples can get approved. Let me know if this causes a problem if you are trying to cancel.

    December 31, 2012

  • John N

    Unable to attend with my guest. Please give my spot to someone on the wait list. Thank you.

    December 30, 2012

    • Liz

      Would you go ahead and change your RSVP please John? That will trigger the system to automatically include the next two people. Thanks for letting us know and hope you will be able to join us at another meetup.

      December 30, 2012

  • Liz

    If you are delayed and arrive after 8:15 and we are all gone, then drive on down to Circle Street and find me on the sidewalk between 18th and 20th streets. Check with me to see if I have any permits left. I will be in a big red ski jacket. Alternately, if you would prefer to make carpooling arrangements beforehand, here is a list of attendees grouped by location. Arvada: Carol

    Aurora: Ali Lund

    Boulder/Louisville/Ft. Colllins: Martin Snow, Tarryn, Conrad Gonzales, Robert E.

    Denver: Emelyn Morris, Fred Larke, Melody Soell, Lisa York, Ellen U, Richard B, Shawn, John N, Srikar, Lisa York

    Englewood: Anna

    Lakewood: Jeremy Church

    Littleton: Liz, Vicki, Betsy (already carpooling)

    Lone Tree: Kristal

    Parker: Jane

    Not designated: Dale Ralph, Richard Eisen

    December 28, 2012

    • Jeremy C.

      Not going to make it to this one. Leg is still sore and recovering.

      December 29, 2012

    • Liz

      Hope it feels better soon Jeremy...

      December 29, 2012

  • Liz

    **Parking Update**
    We will be meeting at the Safeway parking lot at 26th and Federal at 8:00 pm (2660 Federal Blvd, Denver). Since we only received 12 parking permits, we will have to carpool from there.

    I will be waiting for you in the parking row which faces directly and parallel to Federal Blvd, just north of the gas pumps. I will be in a silver gray Subaru Forester. As soon as you have loaded a couple of fellow photographers in your car, find me and pick up a parking permit.

    I can wait only until 8:15.pm.

    Once you have a permit, go on down to the Burger King. Park in the following designated area: By request of the BK manager, park in the row on the far left of the restaurant (as you enter from Federal). The row faces north and runs along the yellow guardrail. Please be respectful of this request by Burger King. They need to reserve the more convenient spaces for their restaurant customers.

    If you are delayed and arrive after 8:15 and we are gone - see next comment

    December 28, 2012

  • Liz

    Looks like it may be going down to 15 degrees that night with wind at 5 mph. I would suggest buying a couple packets of hand warmers. No snow in the forecast yet......

    December 27, 2012

  • Betsy

    Is any one interested in carpooling from Littleton? I would be happy to help pay for gas. Also, I will be out of town until the 30th. Will we just pick up the parking permits as we arrive at Burger King?

    December 27, 2012

    • Vicki

      I'm in Littleton too. Can I go with you as well?

      December 27, 2012

    • Liz

      Certainly! I will email you.

      December 27, 2012

  • Liz

    I will be going down to Burger King tomorrow to finalize the parking permit arrangements and will update everyone then.

    December 27, 2012

  • Kristal K.

    Permits do not have a fee, but they are of limited supply. Liz will be updating us on this process soon.

    December 26, 2012

  • Liz

    Please update your RSVP if you cannot come so we can make room for those on the waiting list. Thanks!

    December 26, 2012

  • Brad M.

    I wonder if it would be cool to park on a side street and hoof it to Burger King. Thoughts?

    December 26, 2012

    • Liz

      Brad, I only scouted out the east side of Federal Blvd in the vicinity of the stadium. If you know of side streets on the west side of Federal that allow unrestricted parking, then by all means, hoof it on down and join us on the sidewalk of Circle Street between 18th and 20th.

      December 26, 2012

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