Photograph Niagara Falls
Canada › Niagara Falls, Ontario
Added by Mike Fennell
One of the most iconic and stunning waterfalls in the world, Niagara Falls is a must-do on everyones bucket list. 167 feet tall and an average flow rate of 85,000 cubic feet per second, this is a show you won't want to miss.
Located on the Niagara River, which is the border of Canada and the USA, it dumps water from Lake Erie into Lake Ontario. There are technically three waterfalls in close proximity that have come to form what is now just known as Niagara Falls. From largest to smallest there is Horseshoe Falls, American Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls. The combined falls produce a flow rate that is the highest of any waterfall in the world.
Niagara Falls can be seen from either the American or Canadian side, but is generally known to put on a better show from the Canadian side. There is a 2 mile long walkway that provides excellent views and will bring you right to the edge of the falls located in front of the visitor center. Another popular option is to take a boat tour, which will get you up close and personal with the falls while giving you a hefty dose of mist.
When photographing the falls, the best time is at sunrise. Sunset is also nice, but will still be much more crowded than sunrise. There is heavy tourist traffic during the day but only a handful of people at sunrise. From the Canadian side, you'll be looking east and the sunrise light will make the mist rising from the falls very colorful. Use a neutral density filter and tripod to get a smooth long exposure of the falls.
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Iconic but urbanized
It's true that Niagara Falls is a must-see, but do so knowing that the falls are surrounded by some of the most appalling urbanization I've ever seen—casinos and arcades and hotels and everything you can imagine that could ruin a geological wonder. Still worth seeing, especially if you turn your back to the city and just walk along the river beside the falls, but every time I visit it gives me a melancholy. Just imagine if it had been made a national park instead.
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