Shooting the Detroit skyline from Windsor, Canada

Shooting the Detroit skyline from Windsor, Canada

Last fall, I visited Detroit for the first time. On my way from Toronto, I stopped for the night in Windsor, Detroit’s twin city on the other side of the Canadian border. You see, Detroit is on the next to a river (the Detroit river), which also marks the border between the U.S. and Canada. Windsor is on the other side of the river. The two cities are linked by a bridge and tunnel.

One of my goals was to capture a shot of the Detroit Skyline. The best way to do that is to shoot from the Canadian side.

A storm was over the city on that evening, which made we worry about getting a nice shot. In the end, it helped create dramatic images, with a really stormy sky.

I only stayed about an hour around sunset and blue hour time, but I was able to capture different moods. The image at the top was the first I shot and is probably my favorite. The faint light of the sunset was still shining on the city while the clouds were getting darker.

I also wanted a monochrome image to change things up a little. I don’t usually shoot black and white cityscapes, but recently I have been trying my hand at it. I think it works very well with moody images and bad weather.

Dark Times Ahead | Riverfront Trail - Windsor, ON

Dark Times Ahead | Riverfront Trail – Windsor, ON

I also shot the blue hour, when the clouds were starting to clear up a little. I decided against a long exposure, to keep the shape of the clouds and the ripples of the river.

Motor Blue | Riverfront Trail - Windsor, ON

Motor Blue | Riverfront Trail – Windsor, ON

And not skyline would be complete without a panorama! Here’s my usual skyline panorama, with the super moody sky. Click on the image to view large!

Feeling Down | Riverfront Trail - Windsor, ON

Feeling Down | Riverfront Trail – Windsor, ON

So, which one is your favorite?

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