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This last weekend I was fortunate to visit Niagara falls. Jen invited me on this amazing adventure for her friend Tiffany’s birthday party. Tiffany and Paul met us in St. Catherines of Ontario, Canada on August 26th. This was my first time using Airbnb and first time photographing Canada, which is less than 30 minutes from Detroit. Our drive all the way to St. Catherines took about 4.5 hours, which actually went by pretty fast.
Did you know Canada’s 401 and 403 highway don’t have a single billboard? When I did see one it always had to do with the local area, like a restaurant. There were no distractions to look at, and all focus from signage was about speeding, which, for the most part, warned you with speeding fines and demerits. There were sometimes miles and miles before I saw a single sign… At one point there was a sign that said: “Fatigue kills, take a break.”
Images from my two-day visit to Niagara Falls
This was the first day we arrived. I made a wrong turn and drove us to Buffalo, New York and we just went with it. The tallest building pictured here is the Skylon Tower on the right. This is where I took pictures on the second day.
Panning the camera left, I took this shot of the falls before we got to where most of the people were looking from.
A better view of the city skyline in Niagara Falls, Ontario.
I noticed many Indian, Middle Eastern, and Asiatic cultures who traveled who knows how many miles to see this.
Getting up to the railing at this point, I snapped a shot of Canada Hornblower boat taking people for an up-close view of the Falls.
Paul and I walked up the New York sides observation tower. This was by far the best way to get a good view from the US side. The best part was probably what’s below this though… people walking up for a closer look at the Falls.
Groups of people before getting into ponchos for the Cave of the Winds, which I didn’t go to but later on saw a series of boardwalks and stairs that go right up to the bottom of the Bridal Veil Falls. An elevator takes you down to the river level.
This is a 100% crop of the American “Maid of the Mist” boat seen in the picture above.
Looking out from the observation tower.
A view of Rainbow Bridge that crosses the Niagara River along the US and Canadian border. On the left, you can see a trail that leads downhill to the Hornblower boat tour.
After a long evening… we headed back, this time to the Canadian side.
This was right outside of the Parking Lot A where the public can park for $20.
Paul, Tiffany, Jen, Elon, and I… the whole gang, headed to get onto this Hornblower tour which peaks at Niagara Falls Horseshoe Falls. Ponchos were definitely a good call.
Skylon Tower at night. I got this while we all waited for the bus to take us back to our car.
…But not before I ran over to get some final long exposure shots at night. I’m really happy with how these turned out! I knew I probably wouldn’t be back for awhile or get another chance so I did it right with a good tripod this time.
One of my favorite long exposure shots. This was shot with my 16-35 f/4. This overlook at Horseshoe Falls with the LED lights bouncing down was incredible. Imagine this in blue, white, and green.
A view of the city at night, overlooking more of the Canadian Skyline.
Both Canada and United States boats visiting Horseshoe Falls
Another view of this going on, back when we got back to the skyline walk where I camped out with Jen and Elon to get some long exposure shots while Paul and Tiffany visited Behind the Falls.
Probably my best picture from the second day visiting Niagara Falls. This image was stitched from several shots from my 55mm f/1.8, for ultimate sharp detail.