Yesterday was the first time I went shooting in Detroit by myself. Some people might think I am crazy for attempting the trip. Even my sister Dana was disapproving of my going down there without a travel companion. The thing is, I wasn’t afraid at the prospect. I was going to places I had been to before, and I was definitely not going to be urbexing, trekking through abandoned buildings.
The two places I planned to visit and shoot were Belle Isle and the Ambassador Bridge. Not too scary, pretty public places. Plus, I was going during the day. Well, at least partly. My goal was to shoot the sunset from Belle Isle, which I had never done before. I figured it was high time I did so!
The first leg of the trip I ventured to the William G. Milliken State Park to check out a possible sunset location (this time of year, there was no boats, so no interest to shoot). As I was driving down Orleans Street towards the park, I came across this beauty. Even though I was tempted to poke around the building, I realized my mission was to get sunset photos, and I was on the clock.
My next stop further down Jefferson was Belle Isle Park where I could capture some photos of the Anna Scripps Whitcomb conservatory. I didn’t realize until today that the conservatory is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays because of budget cuts. Sigh.
I still had some time before the golden hour was to descend upon me, so I headed over to the other side of downtown to the Ambassador Bridge. This area, to me, is a bit more sketchy, and the photos I took I was either in my car or a few feet away from it. The Riverside Park, right next to the bridge, was not crowded in the least, a few vans parked in the parking lot, otherwise the lot was filled with water from melting snow. Here are a few pics I captured while in the bridge vicinity (the stop sign gave me a chuckle!):
I headed back to Belle Isle, where I was just in time for the sun to start to set, and what a sunset it was! It definitely was the most spectacular sunset I have seen in a long time. I was definitely fortunate to have been there to capture it. I also saw fellow photogs along the island snapping photos as well. I stayed until dark started to descend, as I was hungry and cold, and could not wait to get home to see my photos!
I would definitely recommend to anyone, photographer or not, to visit Belle Isle, there is lot to see and do, and the sunsets and the view of the RenCen and Ambassador Bridge are awesome!