World Premiere: “A Day in Denver”

Today we are not going to be looking at an infill project, rather we are going to be looking around Denver from 37 different angles in the form of time-lapse photography. This has been a rising trend in the world of digital photography with many major cities showcased both inside and outside the United States. After looking around a bit, I noticed there hasn’t been a solid time-lapse compilation on Denver and I figured it was time to make one!

Over the past year or so, on my free time, along with blogging for DenverInfill, I have been taking a series of time-lapse shots around Denver and compiling them into a video that goes along with music. This time-lapse video is titled ‘A Day in Denver’ and showcases a whole day in Denver from early morning to late night. There were 9,186 photos taken for this project, 255GB of data processed, and over 180 hours were spent planning, shooting, and editing this project. Since we all love Denver and its greatness here, I couldn’t think of a better place to premiere this video!

Without further ado, I present to you, ‘A Day in Denver’. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did creating it!

(If you are experiencing quality issues with the video, specifically in Chrome, Vimeo is working on a fix for their player. However, you can also fix the issue by following these simple instructions.)

Out of each time-lapse shoot, I picked a single frame that best represented that particular sequence. Below, you can view the slideshow of my selected still images from each sequence you see in the video. You can also view them on my Flickr!

By | 2016-12-06T22:29:35+00:00 December 16, 2013|Categories: Arts & Culture, Downtown Districts, Events & Meetings, Media, Public Art, Urban Form, Urbanism|33 Comments


  1. Dave December 16, 2013 at 8:19 am

    Great work and indeed a great way to start off the week!

  2. Dave December 16, 2013 at 8:25 am

    Very Cool!!

  3. Chris Frampton December 16, 2013 at 8:26 am

    Wow! Congratulations, Ryan. It’s really wonderful. Thanks so much!

  4. William Spriggs December 16, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Very cool, 2.0 Nicely timed with the music.

  5. Dan December 16, 2013 at 9:29 am

    Awesome! Great job.

  6. Joseph December 16, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Great job on a awesome video!

  7. Django December 16, 2013 at 9:56 am


  8. Anne December 16, 2013 at 10:10 am

    great video – I would rename it “A Day in Downtown Denver”

  9. Rob C December 16, 2013 at 10:15 am

    Ryan, what an amazing job!! I hope you get a lot of recognition for it. I wouldn’t change the name at all!

  10. Jason December 16, 2013 at 10:44 am


  11. D December 16, 2013 at 10:58 am

    EPIC!!! Amazing to see the final product, Ryan! Well done!

  12. UrbanZen December 16, 2013 at 11:04 am

    Awesome! Love all the shots, especially the millennium bridge with the clouds and the shot down 17th towards the end. Great work!

  13. Ryan December 16, 2013 at 11:34 am

    Are all time-lapse videos required to use the same, exact music? I mean, is this recording public domain or something?

  14. bryan December 16, 2013 at 11:47 am

    very impressive…the clouds rolling over cashier almost made me puke (in a good way). the music is perfect too! well done.

  15. Cassie M Wright December 16, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    This is REEEEEEEALLY cool, Ryan. Love seeing Denver from all these great vantage points at all times of the day. AWESOME.

  16. Mike Branigan December 16, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    Awe inspiring images of the city that I love!

  17. Jim Nash December 16, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    Very nice work, Ryan. Time-lapse makes a different kind of motion picture. When all the moving objects become just flow, the built environment becomes iconic against the rolling sky. The city punctuated with lights.

    Your LA photos are showing me things I’ve looked at a hundreds times, in new ways. You tell stories with pictures. Each one says, Stop Here and Look. So many standard views, re-thought.

    Your time-lapses freeze the important elements, the buildings. What we all care about…

  18. Steve December 16, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    Very nice.

  19. Michael P.McManus December 16, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Fantastic! Great job, and above all Thank You! This brought tears to my eyes and reminded me indeed why I Love Denver so much. best of luck in your future endeavors.

  20. Ryan Nee December 16, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    Incredible. Thanks Ryan!

  21. Troy V December 16, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    Beautiful! It’s always nice to see a piece of work based on our civic pride of Denver.

  22. Matt December 16, 2013 at 10:35 pm


  23. Joey F December 16, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    Really nice work. Very cool to see Denver presented in a different way.

  24. *a December 17, 2013 at 12:43 am


  25. Lucas Johnson December 17, 2013 at 9:07 am

    I watched without audio the first time. It gives Denver a surprisingly serene feel for a city and I think I liked it better that way. Great work Ryan!

  26. Ryan Dravitz December 17, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Thank you everyone for the kind words!! I am very glad everyone enjoyed the video and so far, in the first 24 hours, it has been very successful!

  27. Neema December 17, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    Awesome video, what kind of camera was used to get all these pictures?
    The quality is just amazing.

    • Ryan Dravitz December 17, 2013 at 3:21 pm

      Thank you! I used a Canon Rebel T3i to get all of these with these lenses: Canon EF-S 18-55mm, Canon USM 75-300mm. Sigma 10-20mm, Sigma 18-250mm.

      • Kevin December 17, 2013 at 9:59 pm

        Excellent video, you had some great vantage points, made me wonder how you got to some of them. Really wonderful project.

  28. Dirk Gently December 18, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    Great work! Some constructive criticism, since I don’t see anyone else doing it:

    Maybe a slight over-reliance on downtown shots, and not quite enough of some other really cool features that showcase the city: Confluence Park, Wash Park, the river walk near the Downtown Aquarium, the view from Cherry Creek Reservoir toward Downtown, maybe a 180 sweep of the city from a plains high point (from Pikes Peak to the Flatirons or so), the mix of old and new in Capitol Hill and City Park West, the bike paths along Cherry Creek, and so on. What I mean is: your Downtown shots are awesome and showcase the city’s dynamism and cultural features, but it’s a bit low on lifestyle, which is the main advantage of living in Denver.

  29. Scott December 19, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Job well done. I haven’t lived in Denver for 23 years. I return home once a year to visit family and this video reminds me why I love the city.

  30. Stephen Ludwig December 21, 2013 at 10:40 am

    Brilliant. Absolutely gorgeous. Bravo!

  31. timothy January 7, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    Great job!

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