It doesn’t happen on a regular basis, but every once in awhile I am fortunate to make the decision to shoot the Detroit skyline on an evening where the river is smooth – like glass! Not a ripple.

On Friday, February 17, myself, Bryan Levy and Tudor ApMadoc crossed the border into Canadian country (well, Windsor!) to capture the sunset. Tudor’s goal originally was to capture the sunset from Windsor through the Ambassador bridge. When we arrived to Windsor and were driving down Riverside drive to meet him, we noticed how smooth the water was. We pulled over and parked and set up our cameras to get a few shots. We called Tudor and he met us at our spot as the sun was still a bit high for sunset.

As we were shooting, we realized that shooting the skyline with the smooth water was much more interesting than the bridge on this given evening. We stayed exactly where we were and shot from sunset to blue hour to just as dark was setting.

Starting with this image, just as the sun was starting to go down.

I had to capture the Joe, it’s last season of the Red Wing’s before moving to their new home in midtown.

The Renaissance Center looking good!

I don’t typically shoot from this far west of the skyline, so this is the first time I highlighted the Riverfront Apartment Buildings.

As the light started to fade, the magic of the city came to life.




Had some fun with angles as night descended.


Once the dark hit, we knew it was time to head back to Detroit and partake in some American Coney Island for dinner!



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  • Walt paholak
    February 23, 2017, 3:44 pm  Reply

    Amazing images Alanna. Looking at many other “skyline” pics these are the best. Congratulations.

    • Alanna St. Laurent
      February 24, 2017, 12:36 pm

      Thanks so much Walt, that is a high compliment as there are so many great skyline images out there!

  • Adam Blake
    February 24, 2017, 6:09 pm  Reply

    Stunning images!! As always, fantastic job!

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