Photograph Niagara Falls

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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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9 months ago

One of the great North American natural wonders

Where else will you find immense waterfalls like the ones in Niagra? Stop by with your camera.

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11 months ago

Must See at Least Once

One of the most iconic attractions in the US (and likely Canada too), Niagara Falls is just one of those things that ought to be on your bucket list. It definitely is a tourist attraction, and if crowds make you squirm, this might not be your top vacation destination. If you can brave that, is easy to spend all day exploring these beautiful and enormous falls! From a photography standpoint, one of the most sought after shots is to capture the "rainbow over the falls", that can often be seen on sunny days. I also would highly recommend doing the Maid of the Mist (a boat ride at the base of the falls) and Cave of the Winds (a chance to explore the natural caves under the Bridal Veil falls). These additional adventures are an additional cost, but give you unique and memorable view of the falls.

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11 months ago

Touristy but Iconic

Sure, its a big tourist trap. But it is pretty cool, and its one of those bucket list things that is nice to say you've completed. We got some pretty great pictures the day we went, I added a few here.

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over 3 years ago

Huge waterfall.

Go into this realizing that it is pretty much what you would get if the Vegas strip was next to an enormous waterfall.

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almost 4 years ago

Urban Falls

Niagara Falls are clearly a must see at least once. Obviously those who are going to the area realize this isn't a hike in nature. It's a tourist attraction and super commercialized but still spectacular none the less.

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