I normally do not visit Niagara Falls during my visit to the area. Consequently, I don’t have any images in my portfolio of the falls. Since I was in the area I decided to make an impromptu trip to the falls. I underestimated the lines to get into the Canadian side so I missed the sunset lighting but I was able to photograph the falls with the remaining evening glow.
The main reasons I don’t like visiting the falls are the large number of visitors and the spray that falls in just the right areas. Both were very present during my visit. Photographing in the mist is not easy. I had my cleaning cloth in one hand and my remote trigger in the other. I tried to time my photo when no spray was falling on my gear. I was fortunate enough to take this photograph during one of the lulls.
Located on the Niagara River, the Niagara Falls were formed when glaciers receded during the last ice age. There are actually three falls within the complex. The Horseshoe Falls (pictured below) are mostly on the Canadian side (which is where I was) while the American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls are on the US side. The flow rate at the falls is estimated to be four million cubic feet per minute on average. The vertical fall is about 165 feet. The falls are also known as a valuable source of hydroelectric power. If you are visiting the area I recommend visiting the Canadian side as it has a better vantage point.
This image was taken with my Sony Alpha A7R II using my Sony 16-35mm f/4 Lens set on 35 mm. The camera was set on Aperture priority mode with the aperture set at f/14, shutter speed at 1.3 seconds and the ISO set at 100. This is a single image processed in Lightroom and Nik Color Efex Pro. The conversion to black and white was done in Lightroom. I turned up the contrast a bit to give more definition to the silky waterfall.
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