Want to take your Instagram cred to the next level? Trevor Lalonde (@trevor_lalonde) is the right guy to ask. The local photographer uses his creative eye to capture Calgary from new and exciting perspectives. Get the best shots of the city with top tips from Trevor.
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See Where Old Meets New in the East Village
“The East Village is a great place to capture early morning light and provides epic sunrise photos. Phil & Sebastian inside the Simmons Building also makes incredible coffee. For a unique angle, try crossing the Skipping Stone Bridge, head into St. Patrick's Island, and set up along the riverbank. From there you have great views of the Calgary Tower, the Bow Tower, Fort Calgary, downtown and the East Village.”
Wander the Heart of the City
“Stephen Avenue is a pedestrian district in downtown Calgary that offers excellent architecture, artwork, and people-watching for candid street photography. It is located in the heart of corporate Calgary and is sure to inspire some great photo ideas. For a unique perspective try going into the +15 walkway that goes between the Telus Convention Centre and Glenbow Museum to get a long-stretching view west all the way down the avenue.”
Head off the Beaten Path
“For a less popular downtown perspective that is a short walking distance from the downtown core, Rotary Park on the north side of the Bow River at the top of Centre Street Bridge, is a great place to check out. This lesser-known park is east of the Sunnyside Bank Park, another popular spot for skyline views of the city and also a great ridge to take photos from.”
Enjoy Panoramic Views from Scotsman’s Hill
“For a very popular downtown view, try Scotsman's Hill. From this vantage point, you can capture the Saddledome, Stampede Grounds, and the city's skyscrapers in all their glory. Located in Ramsay, near Inglewood, this area has lots of character and has hosted many photographers over the years. Try walking the entire ridge to find your favourite angle of downtown Calgary.”
The Peace Bridge - An Inspiring Peace of Art
“Day or night, this iconic bridge provides great shots from both the north and south shore of the Bow River. Whether capturing photos inside the bridge, outside the bridge, or a couple blocks away, you’re sure to be happy with the results. For a unique photo head under the bridge on the north side of the river at night and aim your camera back towards downtown, set up a long exposure on your tripod to take in all the light off the water. Cool right!?!”