During our travels, my wife and I often meet folks from other parts of the world. One of the things that we always find interesting is the number of people we meet that list seeing Niagara Falls as one of their travel objectives. For us, this part of Southern Ontario is only a 40 minute drive away. This short article features a selection of photographs that depict some of the evening colours at Niagara Falls.
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A friend of mine and I arrived at Niagara Falls just after 6 PM, about 45 minutes before sunset. This allowed us to capture a few quick images as the light was fading.
There are a number of interesting buildings and vantage points on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. I used a neutral density filter for the first few images I captured so I could slow down my shutter speed to create some smooth water effects.
Unless you arrive very early in the morning it is almost impossible to capture images that incorporate area buildings without having some tourists in your photographs.
Even though my objective was to capture some landscape images, I couldn’t resist a couple of opportunities for more abstract compositions.
Just before sunset the lights are turned on at Niagara Falls, treating visitors to some unique views.
Initially the falls are illuminated by monochromatic colours like red, green, orange and blue.
These create different moods. I found it was helpful to incorporate some of the guardrail into my images to provide a sense of scale and perspective.
The favourite for many visitors is the multi-coloured light display on the falls.
I used a Manfrotto 055CSPRO3 carbon fibre tripod fitted with a Manfrotto 327RC2 pistol grip for all of the images in this article. I shot in Aperture Priority using AF-S single AF, with Single Point AF Area Mode. I utilized matrix metering with Auto White Balance. All photographs were captured in available light using Nikon 1 gear as per the EXIF data. All images were produced from RAW files using my standard process of DxO PhotoLab, CS6 and the Nik Collection.
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