Hilton Falls

Hilton, Falls, waterfall

Hilton Falls is a rather pleasant conservation area a few miles inland from Oakville, featuring a number of nice and easy walks in the woods that cover that part of the Niagara Escarpment.

This picture is of the falls themselves, shot using a variable ND filter; timing was critical, to find a gap of several seconds when people weren’t clambering around or behind the water…!

In the Nineteenth Century there were sawmills here, but all that remains now are a few stones.

For those wondering, the precise 9.6 sec exposure was absolutely planned for to get the exact exposure required, and not under any circumstances the result of counting to ten under my breath before closing the shutter! 😉

Frozen Niagara Falls (kind of)

Frozen American Falls

This winter has been another rather nippy one (although, so far, rather less long drawn-out than last year’s), with one result being that the American Falls at Niagara have largely frozen over.

All the headlines in the news made it sound like it was the Horseshoe Falls that froze over; naturally it wasn’t!

Regardless, the American Falls are still pretty impressive with this much ice on them.

(nerd note: the long exposure courtesy of a variable ND filter)

Niagara Falls – not blasé yet

Niagara Falls, Niagara, waterfall

When one lives about an hour’s drive from Niagara Falls, one tends to end up visiting the place quite a lot, with extra visits whenever one has guests from out of town.

The first time I saw the falls with adult eyes, I was expecting to be a bit underwhelmed: as has been frequently observed by others, the world’s greatest wonders are prone to appear so frequently in books and films etc that it is easy to expect them to be bigger and more impressive than they really are. Despite all that, Niagara Falls is still jaw-droppingly impressive and remains so, no matter how many times I visit.

This shot of the American Falls was taken from the US side of the river, whilst taking a day trip out of the country as part of getting PR. Despite it being May, there was still some snow on the ground – in indication of how fierce the winter had been.

Litter!

One thing that never ceases to amaze me is how much litter gets dropped by Canadians in their wild places; if you walk in almost any conservation area, you will find litter somewhere – the ubiquitous Tim Horton’s cups or some plastic snack wrapper or similar.

How hard is it to pack your litter out with you? Remember the adage: leave nothing but footprints.

The image attached to this preachy post is of Grindstone Falls (also known as Great Falls); you’ll see on the right a classic example of what I’m talking about – the bright green thing at about half height.

There is such beauty in these wild places – who on earth would want to balls them up by dropping rubbish?

Visiting Albion Falls in strong sunshine.

Waterfall, Cascade, Albion, Falls, Fall, Water

   Albion Falls is one of the more beautiful of the many waterfalls that cascade down the Niagara Escarpment in and around Hamilton.

    Rather than being sensible and waiting for good lighting, on this occasion I was there close to midday and had to deal with bright sunshine making the scene hideously contrasty (I also had to frame the shot carefully – there were a couple of young ladies in bikinis doing a photo-shoot and I didn’t think it good form to include them in the shot!).

   A variable density ND filter helped keep some of the light under control and allowed a long enough exposure to smooth the water out reasonably well; the final step was to combine two separate exposures into one HDR image, to cope with the worst of the contrast.

   Since the image is all tone and not much colour, a black and white conversion seemed to be in order.