Todd and I went up to the Observation Deck on the 17th floor of the Daniels and Fisher Tower in downtown Denver. It’s open only 1 day per year, during Doors Open Denver, which took place April 18 to 19, 2009.

Daniels and Fisher Tower with contrail, downtown Denver, 2009The 17th-floor deck is right underneath the clock face. There’s another deck on the 20th floor, but I was scared to climb up the stairs (they were inside the building, but you could look down through them). In fact, I had trouble staying out on the deck very long. Two people can pass on it if they turn sideways. I kept having to go back inside.

Here’s the original of one picture from the deck, looking southwest toward the Pepsi Center (a.k.a. “The Can” or “The Pod”). Auraria campus is to the left and Elitch Gardens to the right.

View from Daniels and Fisher Tower, downtown Denver, 2009Here’s the same picture with saturation reduced to -50 in Zoombrowser.

View from Daniels and Fisher Tower, downtown Denver, no sat 2009Here’s another version with saturation at +50 and sharpness turned all the way up.

View from Daniels and Fisher Tower, downtown Denver, all sat and sharpness 2009I’ve been having fun playing around with Zoombrowser’s editing features. Now if I could learn to do more of this while taking the picture… I was disappointed by the haze in the original. The day was clear and bright and hot, but the original doesn’t show that.

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  1. BernardL April 24, 2009 at 6:21 am - Reply

    It would be difficult to convey heat with those cool mountains in the background.

  2. Beth Partin April 24, 2009 at 7:32 am - Reply

    They’re so white because it snowed all day Friday, two days before this picture was taken. I think Denver got less snow than Broomfield did–we still have a little pile of it in our cul-de-sac.

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  3. BruceQ April 24, 2009 at 12:17 pm - Reply

    Awesome, Beth! I’m glad you got to experience that. When built in 1910, the D&F Tower was the tallest building west of the Mississippi and the 3rd tallest in America. When I got here in the late 70’s it was open to the public.

    As crummy as the weather was Saturday (and Friday, and Thursday), Sunday was absolutely perfect. It was great to see downtown Denver teeming on a Sunday afternoon!

  4. Beth Partin April 24, 2009 at 1:39 pm - Reply

    Yes, Bruce, it was a beautiful day.

    Was the department store that D&F was a part of still on the block when you got here?

    Beth Partin’s last blog post..Capitol Hill, Denver: Across 6th Avenue and up Downing

  5. BruceQ April 24, 2009 at 4:26 pm - Reply

    Nope, that was torn down around 1971, I think. Almost took the tower down, too, but saved by a “large public outcry.”

  6. Beth Partin April 24, 2009 at 5:24 pm - Reply

    Yes, I’ve heard of those. 🙂

    Beth Partin’s last blog post..Crazy About Denver: Views from the Daniels and Fisher Tower

  7. saint facetious April 29, 2009 at 2:59 pm - Reply

    Hopefully we have one of those to save Writer’s Square. :/

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  8. Beth Partin April 29, 2009 at 3:46 pm - Reply

    You mean, save it from the Louvre pyramid? What’s not to like? 🙂

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