photos and cameras at Niagara Falls

Discussion in 'Photography' started by H. S., Sep 17, 2003.

  1. H. S.

    H. S. Guest


    This weekend I might be visiting Niagara Falls (Canadian side). I was
    wondering if you have any pointers/tips about do's and don't and Don't

    I plan to see the Falls, the floral clock, the revolving tower thing,
    and a few other places around there. I will be there from around 3:30pm
    till 9:00pm (to see the illuminated falls too).

    I have Elan IIe, with 28-80mm and a 50mm lense. I am also taking my Epic
    Stylus with me. What would you suggest regarding using these cameras on
    the boat ride? Expecially when there are lots of water vapors in the air.

    H. S., Sep 17, 2003
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    H. S. Guest

    Oh, also, which slide film as well as negative would you recommend. I
    guess it is nice to get the blue of the water to stand out(?)

    H. S., Sep 17, 2003
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    Paul W. Ross Guest

    I would get one of those waterproof one use cameras for the maid of
    the mist trip, as the spray is VERY heavy (lived there for 18 years).

    A tripod, haze or skylight, polarizing filter. Best shots are from
    Canadian side. Sun can be quite bright, so a lens shade is good.

    Have a great trip!
    Paul W. Ross, Sep 17, 2003
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    solo Guest

    I shot the Falls and the surrounding area about 2 years ago both day and
    night. Since photography was not my main reason for the trip, most of
    my photos were more of the "snap-shot" type. But I did go to all of the
    spots that you mentioned so I will throw my .02 in here... ;)

    If you are going to take pictures FROM the tower, I would recommend
    going there FIRST. The observation deck is OK for taking pics, but the
    Restaurant has the best view as it is on the lower side of the tower
    with no obstructed views. You can sit, have a drink and while it
    revolves around, snap away. The restaurant opens for dinner at 4:30 or
    5pm which is a bit pricey...but get there before that and spend money
    on a drink only instead ;)

    As for the falls...
    I would recommend that during the day shots, you get slightly above the
    crowd and mist. Across the street from the falls is a good spot (on the
    hill) but you need more than the 28-80 to do that. Either that or walk
    away from the falls towards the Rainbow Bridge(?) about 100 or so paces
    and then turn around to face the falls. Seems that everyone bunches
    right up there where the water rolls over and it is tough to get a spot
    to see sometimes, let alone a good photo without anyone blocking your

    If shooting the falls at night, I would go to that same spot mentioned
    above, about 100 or even more paces away from the falls, then face back
    at them. One reason is that the falls are pretty wide, and you can get
    almost ALL of the falls being lit up in one shot or a 2 shot composite
    depending on your lens. Another reason is that the lights come from
    right above where most people want to stand to watch...and in the 2 or 3
    photos that I took there had giant red light beams washing out the top
    of the pictures from the lights reflecting on all the mist.

    As for the boat ride, I would say that unless you are either taking the
    shots with a waterproof disposable camera, or have your Epic Stylus in a
    ziplock bag...forget it. Down there that weather feels like anything
    from a rainstorm to a hurricane. There is enough water in the air that
    even with the raincoats on you wind up coming out wet. You have a
    chance at getting shots from the dock area that would be nice, but once
    you get within a few hundred feet of the falls it would be tough.

    Don't forget to check out the old monestary that is across the street from the falls too, it
    is a nice photo op that is often overlooked.

    solo, Sep 17, 2003
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    Guest Guest

    At 10pm on Fridays, there's a nice fireworks display over the falls, but
    Isabel may ruin that this weekend.

    Niagara-on-the-Lake, beautiful little town just a few miles down the road.
    Guest, Sep 17, 2003
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    BG250 Guest

    I can't remember if the Stylus is water resistant, but you'll need it on the
    boat (Maid of the Mist) and perhaps a couple other places (beside and behind
    the falls in the tunnels.)

    I used a tripod for some night shots. I prefer to shoot ISO 100 and 200
    speed films, but I use fixed lenses that have faster apertures. I shot
    slides in my SLR and print film in the T4. It was rather humid when I went.
    This time of year should be fine. I recommend a polarizer to deepen the blue
    skies. Some of the darker subjects may cause the sky to be blown out in
    white do to over exposure.
    BG250, Sep 17, 2003
  7. Niagara-on-the-Lake, beautiful little town just a few miles down the road.

    There's also a neat butterfly place a few miles down the road...a big
    building where you go inside and there are all kinds of butterflies all
    around you.
    Randall Ainsworth, Sep 17, 2003
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    Canonman Guest

    I would agree with all the suggestions made by the other posters. Get a
    Kodak or Fuji one time use all weather camera for the Maid of the Mist
    boats - the spray is just too heavy for todays highly electronic cameras.
    And do visit the Butterfly Conservatory - they have butterfly's as big as
    your hand there.
    Kind regards
    Canonman, Sep 17, 2003
  9. I would suggest not using your cameras on the Maid of the Mist (The boat
    ride). The Mist is very heavy. So heavy in fact that the riders get a rain
    coat and hat. Pick up one of the one time use "Water proof" cameras. Don't
    get it at the Falls though, they are VERY expensive in a tourist city (I
    live right outside Niagara Falls,NY).

    Other sites to see, I would suggest the butterfly exervitory, as well as the
    Floral Garden at the falls. This Garden is at the base of Clifton Hill which
    is another fine site. There are a lot of nice places on the hill to see (the
    Casino is there too if you like that stuff).

    The spinning tower you are talking about I believe is the Minolta one. That
    too is on Clifton Hill.

    Hope that helps a little.

    Frederick Claus, Sep 18, 2003
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    J.A.G Guest

    My 995 swivel got a bit gritty after the ride and got a bit wet but it will
    dry and will work fine. Just be careful and just wrap your cam in plastic
    with just the glass of the lens exposed. Have fun wearing a blue plastic
    J.A.G, Sep 19, 2003
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