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American Falls in warm light

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Whether you call it late afternoon or early evening, the warm light near 7PM on July 25th enhanced Niagara’s American Falls. The dark area across the upper right is the embankment on the Canadian side of the Niagara River that we’d visited earlier in the day. I’ve added another view as a reminder of the way different vantage points and compositions change the feel of a scene. The black specks in the second image are distant birds.

© 2019 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

October 5, 2019 at 4:28 PM

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  1. Wow! These pics are impressive Steve!

    carolinestreetblog

    October 5, 2019 at 6:31 PM

    • They confirm the virtues of golden-hour light. Having Niagara Falls for that light to shine on is quite an advantage.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 6, 2019 at 6:12 AM

  2. Lovely, Steve. I even see some pastel hues.

    tanjabrittonwriter

    October 5, 2019 at 9:36 PM

  3. My laptop screen needs cleaning. I saw too many birds in both photos, Steve.

    Peter Klopp

    October 5, 2019 at 9:39 PM

    • That’s funny, Peter. No matter the direction in which I looked out at Niagara Falls, I’d always see a bird somewhere.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 6, 2019 at 6:16 AM

  4. The colors and visual rhythms in the second one are arresting.

    Michael Scandling

    October 5, 2019 at 11:22 PM

  5. That second photo has so much~wonderful design elements, subtle color changes, texture and movement. Mesmerizing.

    melissabluefineart

    October 6, 2019 at 10:04 AM

  6. Although not part of the main intent of the image, I like that swirl on the right in the second which I guess does indeed remind of a hurricane’s eye. So much power captured in these images.

    Steve Gingold

    October 7, 2019 at 3:38 AM

    • To my mind, that swirl made the second picture special. I took several pictures similar to the first and went with the one that showed the most noticeable cloud of spray.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 7, 2019 at 6:21 AM

  7. I never would have imagined those pastel colors. It’s as though a rainbow dissolved itself into the water and began pouring over the falls. The transformation of that dark water into those flowing bands of color is truly magical.

    shoreacres

    October 8, 2019 at 8:26 PM

    • The very-late-afternoon sunlight accounted for much of the color, as it did in the second photograph in today’s post. And yes, the transformation of the dark water into white and pastels is special. I’m happy we went there and stayed so late.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 8, 2019 at 8:36 PM

  8. The gradations from turquoise through green through – pinkish lavender? Gorgeous! You rose to the challenge of photographing Niagara Falls in a new way. 🙂

    bluebrightly

    October 14, 2019 at 6:42 PM

    • Thanks, Lynn. I was pleased at getting something different from what I’ve seen in other photographs of Niagara Falls.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 14, 2019 at 8:27 PM


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