Photographing urban landscapes and abandoned buildings are some of my favorite things to do, so when I saw that Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences was inviting photographers to visit the top floor of their new tower in downtown Denver I jumped at the chance. I wasn't the only one who did either, between 30 and 40 local photographers and videographers showed up to visit 11111 Tower and see what Denver looked like from the tallest residential building Denver has seen.
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Because of the number of people, the group was split into two but because I was helping out Jared, who brought a bunch of lenses for people to use from prophotorental.com, I got to go up with both groups. This was an active site and we were required to wear hardhats and various other protective gear but this meant that we would be riding up to the top floor in the construction elevators ( the final ones are not yet in place ) which was a new and cool experience for me. As we rose in the lift, lesser buildings fell away beneath us giving way to an expansive view of downtown Denver and beyond until finally arriving at the apex of it's journey and depositing us on the 44th floor, just one shy of the top.
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We had full access to the 44th and 45th floors which were little more than concrete slabs and columns with some 2x4's and netting around the edges to keep us from accidentally falling. The first group was treated to a red sun setting in the west and hazy skies from the fire that was raging in California at the time. By the time the second group got to the top the sun had set but the lights of Denver put on their own show and people were equally, if not more, excited. Personally, I ended up taking more photos of the site itself than of the views and one of the last shots of the night ended up being my absolute favorite.
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Huge thanks go to Four Seasons, Allan Klosowski, Ef Rodriguez, and the nameless many that helped to put this on. Also to prophotorental.com who brought lenses and camera bodies for people to use. Finally thank you to my friend Lee Trujillo who saved my behind by loaning me a couple of memory cards. (Shhh, I forgot mine, don't tell.)
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