Blue Hour at Niagara Falls (Canada)

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Niagara Falls consists of 3 separate waterfalls. The biggest and most impressive one is Horseshoe Falls which lie mostly on the Canadian side of the Niagara River. Two other ones are  American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls which are located on US side. When you walk along Niagara River, you have a magnificent view of each falls, but due to the narrowness of the river, it is not easy to get all 3 of them into one composition.

This featured photo is my attempt to get the entire Niagara Falls area with all of the three falls into a single frame. I shot it from  Rainbow Bridge, which connects US and Canada. In order to get to the bridge, you have to cross the Canadian border and the bridge itself is actually neutral territory.

When processing this photo, I was experimenting with the tone mapping of long exposure shots for HDR. I knew that I could achieve a similar effect by using image blending in Photoshop, but I was curious to see it as HDR. As you can see, it is totally possible to combine long exposure photography and HDR HDR processing.

Travel Photography Blog - Ontario. Niagara Falls
Canada. Ontario. Niagara Falls. View from Rainbow Bridge
Loc: 43.09094, -79.06899


Deconstructing Featured Photo

Travel Photography Blog: 3 Bracketed Shots ( -1; 0; +1 )

Camera: Canon 60D
Lens:  Sigma 17-70mm
Focal Length: 27mm
ISO: 100
Aperture: F8
Bracketing: 3 shots (-1, 0, +1 )
Tripod: FEISOL Tournament CT-3442  – Check my FEISOL Tournament CT-3442 Review.
Ballhead: FEISOL CB-40D

Processing: HDR Processed in Photomatix 

Lightroom: import, tagging, export to Photomatix
Photomatix: I used all 3  images to tone map image ( -1, 0, +1 ), 16-bit tiff image was exported to Lightroom. (check my tutorial Before & After – HDR With Photomatix)
Lightroom: straightening, cropping, export as PSD image
Photoshop:  cleaning,  removing HDR artifacts, contrast.

Photoshop Plugins:

  • Topaz DeNoise was used to reduce digital noise (water, sky)
  • Topaz Detail was used to enhance details in foreground elements (city, trees)
  • Hi Viktor,

    Awesome photo which brings back memories of my trip to the Falls some 30 years ago.

    What a gorgeous spot and what a fab snap.

    You did a wonderful job capturing the Falls in its entirety.

    Tweeting soon.


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