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4:28 pm

A Saturday Sunrise and Sounds

Saturday I made a trip to Barr Lake State Park in Brighton, Colorado for a sunrise meetup that I was leading. I have noticed it is hard to get people to attend sunrise meetups. I assume this is because they generally start at 5am. Unfortunately that is when some of the best light (warm and some what soft) is available to photograph. It ended up being a friend and myself making the 3 mile hike from the parking lot to the gazebo and back. It was the second time I visited the park, and just like the first time, I found some photographs.

photograph of walkway to gazebo at Barr Lake State Park during sunrise

A colorful view of the sunrise at Barr Lake State Park during the walk to the gazebo.

Sunrise view of the Rocky Mountains with birds on the lake at Barr Lake State Park.

Two birds fight in the air at Barr Lake State Park during sunrise.

The gazebo area especially would be a great place for engagement photographs or a senior portrait session. The bugs were a bit crazy at times but maybe that's from the recent rain and snow we've had. The water level did appear higher this time compared to the last time I was there and there weren't very many bugs last time. I would think a little bit of bug spray would probably help keep them away during a photo session.

Once we were done with the hike, I headed home. I was tired from the morning activities, but decided to go back out in the afternoon. I filled myself with a little bit of caffeine and sugar and mozzied up to tthe Five Points Jazz Festival in Denver, Colorado. I think they need some better directions on their website or maybe a map. (Oh wait... I see they have one. <face palm to the forhead>) I drove around a bit in the area I thought the event was taking place and ended up catching a view of some artwork being added to the side of a building. Denver has a ton of buildings with artwork added to the sides. I love seeing the creativity covering what would otherwise be a dull side of a building.

Here are a couple more decorated buildings I saw during the festival.

And I found this one as I was leaving that I thought was intersting.

Once I made it to the event, the pay off was the great music, intersting people, interesting part of town and fun I had taking photos and talking with people. The jazz music filled the air with it coming from the shops and stages all around the 4 or 5 block area around the event. Everything from funk, classical, drums, and vocal could be heard wafting through the area depnding on the time of day.

One of the parts I really enjoyed was the open mic in one of the music shops. Performers would get up one by one or a couple at a time to fill in the main melody for a piece while the drums, bass and piano players played the meolody. There were some amazing performances. A few second bits of the performances I recorded can be seen in a video toward the end of this post. The performances also offered some great photos of interesting people.

Above is the sign on the door to the studio. Below is the great jazz pianist who played backup as well as performed some great solo pieces.

Overall the Five Points area of Denver really has some character to it and the added character of a jazz festival just made this a fun and easy self assignment to photograph. I think a meetup might be in order for the event next year or maybe just the area in the future. Here are a few more photos from the event as well as the video I spoke about.

5 Points Jazz Festival 2013 in Denver on Vimeo.

5 Points Jazz Festival Gallery

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