A stroll in Niagara-on-the-Lake

Yesterday my wife and I packed a picnic lunch and headed off to take a stroll in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

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Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 35mm, efov 95mm, f/5.6, 1/400, ISO-400
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 35mm, efov 95mm, f/5.6, 1/400, ISO-400

The town is the home of the Shaw Festival and many people who enjoy live theatre visit during the season.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 10mm, efov 27mm, f/5.6, 1/200, ISO-400
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 10mm, efov 27mm, f/5.6, 1/200, ISO-400

Other people enjoy the numerous bed and breakfast properties and the boutique hotels, as well as the many dining establishments.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 6.7-12 f/3.5-5.6 @ 6.7mm, efov 18mm, f/5.6, 1/500, ISO-400
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 6.7-12 f/3.5-5.6 @ 6.7mm, efov 18mm, f/5.6, 1/500, ISO-400

The town also offers a very eclectic shopping experience with many unique retail shops.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 10mm, efov 27mm, f/5.6, 1/640, ISO-160
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 10mm, efov 27mm, f/5.6, 1/640, ISO-160

Photographers will find a wide range of subject matter. The architecture is certainly one of the facets of the old town area that attracts many photographers.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 10mm, efov 27mm, f/5.6, 1/500, ISO-400
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 10mm, efov 27mm, f/5.6, 1/500, ISO-400

During the late spring through early fall the old town is awash in beautiful colours from the extensive flower gardens.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 10mm, efov 27mm, f/8, 1/100, ISO-160
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 10mm, efov 27mm, f/8, 1/100, ISO-160

Various areas of the old town are under development and the town posts notices about the nature of the development.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 13mm, efov 32mm, f/6.3, 1/1600, ISO-400
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 13mm, efov 32mm, f/6.3, 1/1600, ISO-400

These notices are accompanied by period photographs of the original buildings and can make for quite interesting viewing.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 50mm, efov 135mm, f/5.6, 1/60, ISO-160
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 50mm, efov 135mm, f/5.6, 1/60, ISO-160

Given the numerous gardens and wide array of plants, opportunities for flower photography abound. From traditional style images like the one above.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 22mm, efov 58mm, f/5.6, 1/200, ISO-400
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 22mm, efov 58mm, f/5.6, 1/200, ISO-400

To ones that focus on leaf patterns and shapes. If you bring some extension tubes or have a zoom lens with a short minimum focusing distance some macro-type images are possible as you’ll see in the next three images.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 100m, efov 270mm, f/5.6, 1/50, ISO-400
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 100m, efov 270mm, f/5.6, 1/50, ISO-400
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 90mm, efov 243mm, f/5.6, 1/1600, ISO-400
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 90mm, efov 243mm, f/5.6, 1/1600, ISO-400
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 100mm, efov 270mm, f/5.6, 1/400, ISO-400
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 100mm, efov 270mm, f/5.6, 1/400, ISO-400

Whenever I’m out with my wife and have a camera with me she has come to expect me to take a few ‘weird images’ as she fondly calls them. Actually she’s getting quite good at spotting things before I do, like the image below.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 24mm, efov 65mm, f/5.6, 1/320, ISO-400
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 24mm, efov 65mm, f/5.6, 1/320, ISO-400

Here are a few more things that caught my eye during our stroll through the old town…

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @64mm, efov 173mm, f/6.3, 1/200, ISO-400
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @64mm, efov 173mm, f/6.3, 1/200, ISO-400
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 32mm, efov 86mm, f/5.6, 1/400, ISO-400
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 32mm, efov 86mm, f/5.6, 1/400, ISO-400
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 35mm, efov 95mm, f/5.6, 1/400, ISO-400
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 35mm, efov 95mm, f/5.6, 1/400, ISO-400
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 48mm, efov 129mm, f/5.6, 1/250, ISO-400
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 48mm, efov 129mm, f/5.6, 1/250, ISO-400
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 32mm, efov 86mm, f/5.6, 1/125, ISO-400
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 32mm, efov 86mm, f/5.6, 1/125, ISO-400
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 42mm, efov 114mm, f/5.6, 1/250, ISO-400
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 42mm, efov 114mm, f/5.6, 1/250, ISO-400
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 11mm, efov 29mm, f/5.6, 1/160, ISO-400
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 6.7-13mm, f/3.5-5.6 @ 11mm, efov 29mm, f/5.6, 1/160, ISO-400
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 35mm, efov 95mm, f/5.6, 1/500, ISO-400
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 35mm, efov 95mm, f/5.6, 1/500, ISO-400

Given the wide variety of image opportunities in Niagara-on-the-Lake some of my photography coaching clients enjoy using this as a photography destination especially during the summer months.

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