Thursday, October 27, 2016

Photographing Niagara Falls at Night

Niagara Falls at Night photo by mbgphoto

Review of Tips for Photographing Water after Dark

In past articles I have discussed photographing at night and photographing water falls.  In this post I will be combining the two.  In September we stayed overnight at Niagara Falls in New York and I was able to photograph the beautiful falls at night.  The photograph above shows the American Falls in the foreground, the Bridal falls in the mid section and a glimpse of Horseshoe Falls in the background.  The building you see in the back are the Canadian side of the falls. In order to capture the smooth look to the water I used a tripod and a remote shutter release.    Here are my tips for shooting smooth waterfalls at night.  It helps when they are lit up in beautiful colors like Niagara Falls.
  • Always use a tripod for best results
  • Use a remote shutter release for extra stability
  • Use a slow shutter speed...the photo above was shot at .4 sec  This gives you the smooth look of the water.  If you want a less smooth look than increase your shutter speed.
In the photo above and the one below I was using a wide angle 24mm setting and an ISO of 3200 along with an aperture of f11.

Niagara Falls at Night photo by mbgphoto

Rapids Leading to the Falls

Rapids Leading to Niagara Falls at Night photo by mbgphoto

Another great photo at Niagara Falls is shooting the rapids leading up to the falls.  In the photo above I was able to capture the rapids and a beautiful full moon in the sky.  For this photo I held my camera open for 2 seconds and got the bursts of light from the moon and the lights on the bridge along with the smooth look to the rapids.

For another view of Niagara Falls see the mug below.  On this photo I shot during the daytime without a tripod an used a faster shutter speed.

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  1. Beautiful photos! I love the smooth look of the water falls. I still tend to handle my camera too much, especially in public. Did you have trouble setting up a tripod with the crowds at Niagara Falls? I always worry that someone will knock into my tripod when I am in public places and I "feel" more in control if I am holding my camera.

  2. Creating a smooth look to the waterfall makes the photos almost look like a painting. Very nice, Mary Beth.

  3. I'm with Wednesday Elf on the photos looking like paintings. That slow shutter speed really does work magic! Beautiful photos as always, Mary Beth.

  4. What beautiful photos of the Falls. I'm afraid this is a bit much for my point and shoot camera, I really need to invest in a good camera. As always thanks for the helpful tips, I always learn something new from your posts.


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