Niagara Falls from Canada and United States

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This last weekend I was fortunate to visit Niagara Falls. Jen invited me to this amazing adventure for her friend Tiffany’s birthday party. Tiffany and Paul met us in St. Catherines of Ontario, Canada on August 26th. This was my first time using Airbnb and first time photographing Canada, which is less than 30 minutes from Detroit. Our drive all the way to St. Catherines took about 4.5 hours, which actually went by pretty fast.

Did you know Canada’s 401 and 403 highway don’t have a single billboard? When I did see one it always had to do with the local area, like a restaurant. There were no distractions to look at, and all focus from signage was about speeding, which, for the most part, warned you with speeding fines and demerits. There were sometimes miles and miles before I saw a single sign… At one point there was a sign that said: “Fatigue kills, take a break.”

Niagara Falls, no.02

Niagara Falls, no.02

This was the first day we arrived. I made a wrong turn and drove us to Buffalo, New York and we just went with it. The tallest building pictured here is the Skylon Tower on the right. This is where I took pictures on the second day.

Niagara Falls, no.07
Niagara Falls, no.07

Panning the camera left, I took this shot of the falls before we got to where most of the people were looking from. I noticed many Indian, Middle Eastern, and Asiatic cultures who traveled who knows how many miles to see this.

Niagara Falls, no.08
Niagara Falls, no.08
Niagara Falls, no.13
Niagara Falls, no.13

Paul and I walked up the New York side observation tower. This was by far the best way to get a good view from the US side. The best part was probably what’s below this though… people walking up for a closer look at the Falls. Groups of people before getting into ponchos for the Cave of the Winds, which I didn’t go to but later on saw a series of boardwalks and stairs that go right up to the bottom of the Bridal Veil Falls. An elevator takes you down to the river level.

Niagara Falls, no.20
Niagara Falls, no.20

This was right outside of Parking Lot A where the public can park for $20.

Niagara Falls, no.21
Niagara Falls, no.21

Paul, Tiffany, Jen, Elon, and I… the whole gang, headed to get onto this Hornblower tour which peaks at Niagara Falls Horseshoe Falls. Ponchos were definitely a good call.

Niagara Falls, no.31
Niagara Falls, no.31
Niagara Falls, no.29
Niagara Falls, no.29
Niagara Falls, no.32
Niagara Falls, no.32
Niagara Falls, no.35
Niagara Falls, no.35
Niagara Falls, no.33
Niagara Falls, no.33
Skylon Tower, Canada, no.1
Skylon Tower, Canada, no.1

Skylon Tower at night. I got this while we all waited for the bus to take us back to our car.

…But not before I ran over to get some final long exposure shots at night. I’m really happy with how these turned out! I knew I probably wouldn’t be back for awhile or get another chance so I did it right with a good tripod this time.

Niagara Falls, no.36
Niagara Falls, no.36
Niagara Falls, no.37
Niagara Falls, no.37

One of my favorite long exposure shots. This was shot with my 16-35 f/4. This overlook at Horseshoe Falls with the LED lights bouncing down was incredible. Imagine this in blue, white, and green.

Niagara Falls, no.45
Niagara Falls, no.45
Ferris Wheel Near Niagara Falls
Ferris Wheel Near Niagara Falls (part of an unfinished series)
Skylon Tower, Canada, no.2
Skylon Tower, Canada, no.2
Niagara Falls Rocket Launch
Niagara Falls Rocket Launch

This was one of my first Instagram posts, back when I had this work featured on my professional portraits account, Jordan Ewert Photography. It was a composite of a couple images, one of them the rocket resourced from online. At the time of this writing, this is the only image to break through completely original photography found here. After this image was created I launched the website unrealconceptions.com to showcase what can be done with compositing with freedom of practically an image these days.

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