Des Moines After Dark: Girls Night Out/Holiday 2017 Edition

I love getting together with my photography partner in crime, JoZilla. We decided on a night shoot around Des Moines before the holidays would be a fun way to capture some holiday lights and see the city in a different way that we typically do. I realize it’s May and 88 degrees out side, but I promise, I have you almost caught up on my adventures from last year!

I actually learned a lot about shooting in low-light situations and experimented with long-exposure photography for the first time. The end results were well worth the cold we braved!

On of my favorite stops was the Center Street Dam and the Women of Achievement Bridge and the incredible view of the Des Moines skyline. I’m sharing my favorite edits of each shot. Which style(s) do you like the best?

WOAB DSM skyline night 2 watermarkedDSM skyline at night from Center St. Dam watermarked

The ever-iconic Traveler’s sign.

We also spent some time at the Capitol Complex photographing the sunset from the steps of the Capitol lawn looking down Locust Street as the sunset and of the Capitol itself, including the Capitol Christmas tree(s).

And, since one of our main objectives was to capture the city lit up for the holidays, we strolled around down town and found a few Christmas-y scenes to capture.

Lastly, no trip is complete without a stroll through the Papa John Sculpture Park. This was only my second time at the Sculpture Park, and the night trip proved to be quite the experience. I found the Nomad to be especially cool at night.

Our last stop was at the Brenton Skating Plaza to check out their beautiful Christmas tree. These few were taken with my Galaxy S7. My camera unfortunately died while we were down there and since our fingers were numb, we decided to grab some hot cocoa and call it a night.

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