Niagara Falls After the Storm (Canada)

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The Niagara Falls is a 6-hour drive from Montreal. It was the middle of summer and for the entire drive, the weather was awful. The rain started at least 10 times. When I was approaching Niagra Falls it became even worse; it was pouring hard and the low dark clouds made me feel if it was twilight time already.

I completely gave up on the idea of taking any photos that afternoon and I decided to stay in my hotel room and concentrate on some blog writing instead. And then, in a matter of minutes, the rain stopped and the sun started to blast through the openings.

I knew it was the perfect opportunity. I grabbed my gear and ran to the falls. That was the day when I took my best photos of Niagara Falls.

Canada. Ontario. Niagara Falls.
Loc: 43.09094, -79.06899

Shooting & Processing

I took 3 bracketed shots on a tripod (-1, 0, +1). I could see that the light was not too dynamic because the setting sun was covered with the clouds, but I took 3 brackets anyway, just in case.

I used single RAW image editing in Lightroom. I described the process in Introduction to Lightroom Rapid Editing System.

First I applied Lightroom preset Point Lobos from my Landscape Collection and later I used ToolKit to adjust exposure mostly because the photo was a bit underexposed.

The Lightroom Preset Editing Formula: Point Lobos (1, 9, 21, 24, 30, 40)

Also, I added the Graduated Filter to emphasize the sunset colors in the sky (right side).

Deconstructing Featured Photo


Lightroom: import, tagging, preset based processing (Point Lobos preset from Landscape Collection)
Photoshop: color correction, contrast, cleaning.  I used the Stamp Tool to cover distracting element in the bottom right corner.

Photoshop Plugins: 

  • Topaz DeNoise was used to reduce digital noise (sky, water).
  • Topaz Clarity was used to enhance details and boost colors (land, falls).