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