[Now for the post so many of you have been waiting for! Please know I put my everything into this one, learning as I went along many editing techniques. Please please take your time and ENJOY this incredible Labor of Love on my part. I intend to have one more post with images of Niagara Falls finished to publish for this week.
For now … I present, “The Sheer Massiveness”.]
The Sheer Massiveness of Niagara Falls is not as easy to portray as you would think. Distance is really deceiving, and unless you have something to compare these waterfalls to, or unless you are there in person, their immense size is difficult to get into perspective.
Most of the following images were taken with slow shutter speeds, all except image number two and five. Between me being nervous and feeling a bit pushed out of my comfort zone, and the fact I did not wait long enough for “camera sway” to stop fully, some of these images will have a “special effect” which I did not do in the editing room, but rather I did do when I took the picture. It’s called motion. (smile)
Some of these images will look on the overexposed side. It was a very cloudy day, and shooting all that white, again, quite challenging. In order for you to be able to really see certain images, I lightened them. With the mist it wasn’t even easy for me to see, much less trying to get clear images. I did my best. Hopefully, the more I edit the images from the Falls, I will learn how to better edit them.
I have done my best with the following images to show you the sheer size of these Falls. The first one I attempted to get you to feel how high these Falls are as I panned my camera at an angle to show height. I hope you get the idea with this image
as I leaned over the railing to get a shot of what you see here. These are the Horseshoe Falls and even though it is not easy to see due to the mist, the Falls are in a Horseshoe shape and continue behind the mist. If you look closely, you will see what I am talking about.
Here is another image again of the Horseshoe Falls, giving you another look at how big these Falls are.
This next image is a closeup of what looks like a stool of ice at the bottom of the Falls as seen in the first image. Keep in mind, distance and size are very deceiving, so as a reference look at the first image when you are looking at this one. You can even make it out in the second image as well.
The next two again, are again examples of the sheer size of Niagara Falls. Here are those two:
This next photo is a wide angle shot of part of the Falls and the following photos after this one, are closeups of areas of what you see below. Here are those:
(I would like to say the frozen shapes at the top of this portion of the Falls in the image below, are trees, but until I return to the Falls in warmer weather I won’t know for sure until then. If they are trees, here you will understand the sheer size of these Falls, and remember, this is only part of them!)
This last image is actually a shot of one of the huge “glaciers” in the river at the bottom of the Horseshoe Falls. If you scroll back up to the fifth image from this one, this image is taken of the ice formation in the bottom right hand side of the fifth image up.
I have many more images coming, so please bear with me. These images are not easy to edit, are very time consuming, and because of the sway of the camera in some of the shots, my editing techniques are vastly varied. It turns out my tripod is not sturdy enough for my equipment, so some of my images ended up with noise and movement in them, something that I really did not want to happen. Instead of throwing those images out, I am trying new editing techniques in order to save them to show you.
And when I do return to the Niagara Falls, I will have my new tripod with me, one that has been chosen, and to be ordered as soon as possible. Just figuring out which tripod and head to purchase had my eyes crossed, so I really thank my friends Laura and Leanne for their valuable input, and my husband, who did the actual research along with me. Laura, I am buying the head you recommended, and Leanne, I am buying the tripod you recommended. Both of you saved me a LOT of time and headache. I also say, Bless you, hubby, for all your time and effort in helping me find the perfect tripod so that I can now take pictures without a concern regarding “camera sway”. Thank you from the bottom of my Heart. (((HUGS))) Amy
Thank you all for viewing my work. I really hope you enjoyed what you have seen thus far.
Photography/ “The Sheer Massiveness” 2015©AmyRose