Living in Eastern Canada (Montreal) puts me in close proximity to Niagara Falls. Over the years I visited falls on few occasions but somehow I never stayed late enough to see them illuminated with the projectors at night.
On my last visit due to the time constraints, I stayed at the falls for a very short time, long enough to photograph sunset the day I arrived and sunrise the following day. After finishing with the sunset and being dead tired due to 7 hours drive from Montreal, I decided to wait for an hour anyway until illumination would go on.
But I was a bit disappointed with the lighting effect. It looked to me very fake and unnatural. If somebody just learned photoshop basics and started splashing most saturated colors in excitement.
I like the effect of long exposure in the water but I am not sure about the overall effect of the illumination.
What do you think?
Deconstructing Featured Photo
Camera: Canon 60
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm
Focal Length: 10mm
Bracketing: 5 shots (-2; -1; 0; +1; +2;)
Tripod: FEISOL Tournament CT-3442
Check my FEISOL Tournament CT-3442 Review.
Ballhead: FEISOL CB-40
Processing: HDR Processed in Photomatix
Lightroom: import, tagging, export to Photomatix
Photomatix: I used 4 photos to tone map image (-2; -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, contrast.
– Topaz DeNoise was used to reduce digital noise (sky, water)