In July, I decided to visit my friend Bryan Esler in Grand Rapids, MI, a 6-hour drive from Toronto. I’m used to visiting bigger cities, but with Bryan as my guide, we shot in some great spots and I had a blast.
Our first stop was the Grand Rapids Art Museum, a really interesting building by wHY Architecture. I would definitely love to come back and shoot it at other times of the day.
We stopped by Calder’s sculpture, “La Grande Vitesse”.
The advantage of shooting with a local photographer is that they bring you to places you wouldn’t have found. I’m so glad Bryan showed me the lobby of the Amway Grand Plaza hotel:
He also had set up shoots on two rooftops that I could not have accessed by myself, which was awesome. We did sunset/blue hour at the first one, where we spent forever trying to get the right car trails.
The second one was more in the center of Grand Rapids, with two great vantage points (see image at the top of the post too).
You can’t shoot Grand Rapids and not shoot the Blue Bridge. We shot it during the day and at night, of course.
On my last day, we made a quick trip to Rockford, a nearby town. We shot long exposures over the Rogue River. FYI, this is a 15-minute exposure. Clouds were moving slowly, so it was the only way to get some motion in them. It did have some downsides, including hot pixels.
I had a great time in Grand Rapids, thanks to Bryan. He’s an awesome guy, so check him out on social media!