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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!

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  1. Dave says:

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

  2. Dave says:

    Very Cool!!

  3. Chris Frampton says:

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

  4. William Spriggs says:

    Very cool, 2.0 Nicely timed with the music.

  5. Dan says:

    Awesome! Great job.

  6. Joseph says:

    Great job on a awesome video!

  7. Anne says:

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

  8. Rob C says:

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

  9. Jason says:


  10. D says:

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

  11. UrbanZen says:

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

  12. Ryan says:

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

  13. bryan says:

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

  14. Cassie M Wright says:

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

  15. Awe inspiring images of the city that I love!

  16. Jim Nash says:

    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…

  17. Steve says:

    Very nice.

  18. Michael P.McManus says:

    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.

  19. Ryan Nee says:

    Incredible. Thanks Ryan!

  20. Troy V says:

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

  21. Matt says:


  22. Joey F says:

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

  23. Lucas Johnson says:

    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!

  24. Ryan Dravitz says:

    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!

  25. Neema says:

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

    • Ryan Dravitz says:

      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 says:

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

  26. Dirk Gently says:

    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.

  27. Scott says:

    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.

  28. Stephen Ludwig says:

    Brilliant. Absolutely gorgeous. Bravo!

  29. timothy says:

    Great job!