Last night I hooked up again with the Illuminate Workshops Meetup Group downtown. We met in Capitol Hill, close to the Governor’s Mansion, just before the sunset. I was parked a half-mile from the meeting venue. Meandering down, I walked down the alley behind Le Central (a restaurant serving French cuisine). The alley was adorned with this fabulous mural.
Nearby was this dumpster with some interesting graffitti.
Rounding the corner, I had arrived at the meeting venue, where several photographers were awaiting the arrival of the group leader (Efrain). After a briefing, we headed towards Lincoln St. At the bus shelter was this one individual bopping away to his music, oblivious to the photogs behind him.
As the sun set behind the city buildings, sodium street lamps became alive. These two parking meters, looking like a pair of Curvy Ladies, basked in the orange street lights.
Heading north, I passed in front of Le Central restaurant. The neon light provided some illumination to the scene. It was just too much to handle, so I decided on a series of images for HDR processing. After processing, I felt this image was more effective with a monochrome conversion as well. The light from the neon, and the distant street lights, brought out the texture of the sacks.
The patio out front has a patterned fence, adorned in red, white and blue – also the colors of the French flag.
The north wall of the restaurant has two glass faced cases containing wine bottles.
Continuing north along Lincoln, I passed by a couple of night clubs. Across the street is the Beauvallon apartment complex. The lights from the night club across the street cast a purple light on the unlit walls of the building.
Rounding the corner on Tenth Ave, I passed this wall containing glass tiles. Lighting from the inside of this building made interesting patterns in the glass.
It was about time to head back to the meeting location at the end of the Meetup. In contrast to the bright lights along Lincoln, this street was dark, with a occasional brightly lit doorways. This door cast shadow rings on the ground.
Parking in the this area of Denver can difficult to find. However, I did find one brightly lit parking garage that was totally empty. The dynamic range of light was just to much, so I made several images to create an HDR rendition.
Nearby was another parking lot that was empty. Now which way was I going? To the left or to the right?
Finally, I arrived at Governor’s Tavern, meeting some stragglers from the Meetup group. We enjoyed a beer before heading home after a fun evening.