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A Good Way to Start the Morning – Chihuly Glass

This was a great way to start my day. Yesterday was the class where we took pictures of the Chihuly glass at Dawn.

Monet Pond

Monet Pond

We started our day at the Monet Pond. This was just one of the sculptures there, but the light was right for this one. As Scott Dressel-Martin, official photographer for the Denver Botanic Gardens, said without clouds the sunrise in Denver goes extremely fast.

The class went well. If you’re interested in the Chihuly glass at dawn, Scott has another class at dawn on September 13th. One of the advantages of shooting with Scott, is he will make suggestions on good places to take pictures. If you do this, you probably want a tripod. There are a few other opportunities to photograph early without an instructor.

As one person I know said, these sculptures reminds you an alien creature.
This particular sculpture is the Monet Pond Fiori. Or if you’re like me and keep flipping the map over, it’s the Flores en Estanque de Monet.

I remain impressed with integration of the Dale Chihuly’s work with the surroundings.

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Chihuly Glass – Denver Botanic Gardens

I went to the Denver Botanic Gardens to see the Chihuly glass. I’m scheduled to go for a photography session at dawn on Friday, so I wanted to see what it looked like during the day.

Purple and Blue Boat and Wall

Purple and Blue Boat and Walla Wallas


This is in the Japanese Gardens section. You can tell that Dale Chihuly spent some significant time creating pieces that seemed natural in their environment.

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Night Photography with a new lens

One of the things you find with night photography is that the focus tends to be interesting to try to get. I’ve got a new lens, so I can see if that would make it easier. The new lens, a Rokinon 14 mm prime manual focus, has the redeeming feature that once you set it at infinity, infinity is really in focus, unlike my other lenses.

Denver from Mt Evans

Denver from Mt Evans


I also thought about titling this one, embrace the light pollution. This was the view of Denver from the road up Mt. Evans. Considering though that the moon was almost full, the light pollution didn’t really cause a problem.