Michigan is known for its Great Lakes and along shorelines. As such, when you’re looking for an Instagram-worthy location for photos to post, look no further than Michigan. From the many magnificent waterfalls to natural wonders along the national lakeshore, here are five locations every photo-avid traveler needs to visit where they’re in the area.
Port Huron’s greatest claim to fame is the bridge that connects the United States and Canada. It arched back when it was built in 1938, but was later reconstructed flat in 1997 to accommodate the heavy traffic. Though they did keep the arc in the design. The result is a 6,000 ft bridge of pure silver-colored steel hovering on top of the blue waters Michigan is famous for. Perfect for a stunning Instagram picture.
Located deep in the Sleeping Bear Dunes, the Pyramid Point lies at the end of a faint trail, only noticeable if you either had a local to guide you or if you looked hard enough. From here, you’ll have the perfect shot of the surrounding dunes, as well as Lake Michigan.
There are more than 300 falls in the upper peninsula (UP) of Michigan, all ranging from tiny five feet wonders to gigantic vertical drops. You’ll have to hike to reach the best of them, but for the average traveler. The Thrillist recommends the Munising Falls near Lake Superior. It’s a stunning 50-foot waterfall, framed by curved sandstone cliffs that fold the creek into a private basin.
M-22 The Tunnel of Trees
Bodies of water aren’t the only photo-worthy places here in Michigan. Ever the more populated areas have their secrets. One such place is the M-22, a famous road in the state. It has the perfect view of the surrounding towns, as well as road signs so well placed that they even made MLive’s list of the must-visit tourist attractions in the area.
Beautiful and Victorian, this place has seen its fair share of weddings and movies because of its timeless appearance. No cars are allowed on the island, so you’ll have to travel via foot, horse, or horse-pulled carriage. The best place to take a photo is on the boat, right before you step on Mackinac Island. But even close-up shots of its colorful houses, quiet roads, and endless greenery are all very Instagram worthy locations.
Of course, just because you’re at the destination, that doesn’t mean that you’ll immediately take good photos. Taking a truly Instagram-worthy photo takes a fair bit of skill. Below are a couple of tips to help you.
Bring a mirror-less camera
Modern smartphones have high enough megapixels to take crisp photos. However, 12MP still isn’t enough to capture nature in detail. While bringing a D/SLR is recommended, another neat gadget you can look into are mirrorless cameras. Daydreaming in Paradise’s guide to mirrorless cameras outlines how these devices are much lighter than regular D/SLRs, making them the ideal camera for travelers. The cameras can also use a wide range of interchangeable lenses, making them perfect for capturing different types of shots. This way, you can better choose which kind of shot suits a different location and play around with the different lenses until you find the right one.
Add a subject to your photo
While the sceneries by themselves are breathtaking, your photos can be more impactful if you include a subject in the image. This doesn’t have to be you and could be any random passerby, animals, or even stray plants. Having a subject allows your followers’ eyes to latch onto something when they’re mindlessly scrolling down their feed, leading them to appreciate the photo more.
Appropriate lighting never comes naturally. Some of these places are best captured in certain seasons or points in a day. For instance, the Bluewater Bridge looks best on a cloudless, sunny day, so the bridge is the only thing that reflects on the lake. Just don’t shoot at midday. Lead photographer Andrew Hoyle warns the overhead light doesn’t cast shadows, resulting in images that look flat and lifeless. For instance, Pyramid Point is better visited at sunset for the added flair. In the end, it’s all about what kind of atmosphere you want to capture.
Michigan is a traveler’s paradise, especially for those that love to take pictures. Other Instagram worthy locations worth visiting include Tahquamenon Falls, Dutch Heritage’s flower field, and Turnip Rock on Port Austin.
The article made only for thumbwind.com
By Rianne Walt
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