The Niagara Falls can be extremely crowded in the summertime. Sometimes it is difficult to find the spot to take a picture without strangers walking into the frame. It is especially bad around sunset hours.
The only time when you absolutely can have a place for yourself with the total freedom to set up a tripod anywhere you want is when all tourists are sleeping; the sunrise hours.
I took the featured photo at 5am and at that time I had only 2 other photographers around taking pictures and enjoying the freedom.
Shooting & Processing
I took 3 bracketed shots on a tripod (-1, 0, +1). Even though I was shooting directly into the sun, the light was not too extreme because the sun was partly shielded by the clouds and the water dust.
First I applied Lightroom preset Warm Day from my new collection called Cross Processed to all 3 bracketd photos and later used luminosity masks blending in Photoshop (for more details check my Review: “The Art of Digital Blending”).
Deconstructing Featured Photo
Camera: Canon 60D
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm
Focal Length: 10mm
Bracketing: 3 shots (-1, 0, +1 )
Tripod: FEISOL Tournament CT-3442 – Check my FEISOL Tournament CT-3442 Review.
Ballhead: FEISOL CB-40D
Lightroom: import, tagging, preset based processing (Warm Day preset from Cross Processed Collection)
Photoshop: I opened 3 bracketed photos directly in Photoshop and placed each image on a separate layer. Then, I used luminosity masking techniques to blend everything together.
- Topaz DeNoise was used to reduce digital noise (sky, water). (Check my Topaz DeNoise Product Review).
- Topaz Clarity was used to enhance details and boost colors (bridge).