Hubby and I just returned from Niagara Falls, Canada, about one hour ago from this writing. I planned extensively for this trip all week long, so I would leave nothing to chance and still … things went wrong. I was a bundle of nerves for one. At first when we finally arrived at the Falls, the railing was too high in order for my tripod to be used and as I stood there trying to figure what in heck to do …
That is when the sun began to come a bit, and it was on the spot I decided to use my ND400 filter instead of my CP filter that I had on my 70-300mm lens. Folks, I did not want to use my ND400 filter because it is so darn difficult to use. I returned to an indoor location and put my ND400 filter on and just about ran right back to the Falls to find a place to photograph. And photograph I did in a spot where the railing was not so high in order for me to use my tripod!
I struggled with that ND400 filter for well over an hour, until I could not take it one more minute! Hubby who had the backpack on was requested by me to turn around so that I could open it in order to get my CP filter. That is when I did something I never do. I changed my filter outside. My hands shook, believe me, and as I looked at hubby my eyes pleaded please don’t bumble and let the ND400 filter fall that I am about to hand to you. He didn’t and when that filter was put away safely in the backpack, I could breathe again.
I continued to shoot with my CP filter, and ahhhhhh ….. what a relief to be able to see what I was shooting at! Towards the end of this shoot, I decided to do another never for me and I changed lenses outside, quickly quickly quickly. As I handed hubby my 70-300mm lens, my eyes said it all. He carefully gave me my 17-55mm lens when I gave him the larger one. Swiftly I attached the new lens on my camera body and again, let out a huge sigh of relief when that 70-300mm lens was safely tucked in the backpack. I happily went back to what I LOVE to do … shoot!
A little while later I made yet another change. I took my camera off my tripod and started to shoot freehand. Soaking up the regal beauty around me I did not want to leave, but hubby’s fingers and thumbs were numb even with hand warmers, so we began to head back towards our car. As we did, I was clicking away, getting in as much as I possibly could before we had to leave.
I learned so much from this shoot. Firstly, no matter how extensively you plan, more then likely something will happen unexpectedly that will force you to think on the spot as to what to do. I also did so much wrong on this shoot, all due to being so nervous. (That is privileged information, sorry … smile!) I also learned as I previewed the Treasure I captured, that I must have more confidence in myself as a photographer. I say the next words with tears stinging my eyes …. As I saw these “professional photographers” around me with these huge cameras and tripods, I became intimated, thinking, what could I possibly shoot that would be better then what they were shooting?
When I saw what I shot in my editor a little while ago, I was left speechless. You are in for such Gifts beyond words when I start posting my photos of Niagara Falls. As it is, the “trailer” below should tell you in spades, all about the Beauty I captured. There are NO special effects or digital art with this image. All I did was increase the saturation, correct the light/shadow balance, sharpened it, and made sure the noise was completely gone. What you see is in its True Form, without me adding to it. Yes, I too am shaking my head in wonder.
Why do you think Niagara Falls is one of the Seven Wonders of the World? The answer will be forthcoming as I begin to show you the incredible images I obtained as I nervously sweated, straining to see through my viewfinder what I was shooting at, making changes on the spot, and hoping that what I did capture would be enough. Please enjoy this image. In my opinion it is pure magic!!!
ENJOY!!! Thank you for viewing my work.
Photography/ “Niagara Falls I Did Go!” 2015©AmyRose
[Niagara Falls, Canada]