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Niagara Falls

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by dbmiller, Jun 10, 2012.

  1. dbmiller

    dbmiller TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Mar 2, 2012
    New England
    Rained most of the time we were there, with only minor breaks in the weather. The best of the lot...

    View from the 23rd floor of the Fallsview Casino Resort - Unfortunately, not where we stayed. But where my wife's cousin stayed. This one was taken with the Sigma 30mm. f10, 1/1000th, ISO 400


    Same view, with the Sigma 19mm. f8, 1/1250th, ISO 400


    Same view, later that evening. Tripod, f2.8, 10 second exposure, ISO 100:


    From the walkway between the casino and our building. Difficult to take - Every time someone walked across it, the whole walkway shook. f14, 2.5 seconds:


    Panoramic shot of the American and Canadian Falls:


    Sigma 19mm shot of both falls:


    Canadian Falls up close:


    Canadian Falls:


    I had gone to a pool supply store before the trip and purchased a couple of O-rings - One fit the outer diameter of the Sigmas, the other fit the diameter of the mount. I then took a gallon clear plastic bag and used the two O-rings to hold it securely over the lens. I then cut out the opening over the lens cap. A final hair elastic to hold the bag closed over my hand, and I braved the mists with the camera. Unfortunately, it steamed up inside the bag rather quickly, making it very difficult to see what I was doing. I have some great video of my feet when I didn't start the video when I thought, only starting it when I lowered the camera.

    Canadian Falls, taken from the Maid of the Mist:


    Golden light - Just after sunrise as we left for Chicago:

  2. Dioptrick

    Dioptrick TalkEmount All-Pro

    Feb 4, 2012
    New Zealand
    Oh wow... inspirational!

    Impressive work there DB! The night shots are great...
  3. Bolampau

    Bolampau TalkEmount Veteran

    Apr 22, 2012
    Lincolnshire, England
    Hi DB,
    Amazing photos, thanks for sharing.

    I've only visited in the daytime so it is fascinating to see the night shot.
  4. Phoenix

    Phoenix TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Aug 25, 2011
    Melbourne, Australia
    Phoenix Gonzales
    Very nice set!
  5. Bimjo

    Bimjo Super Moderator

    Oct 28, 2011
    Washington State
    Cool shots, especially the night falls shot.
  6. Luiz Curcino

    Luiz Curcino TalkEmount Veteran

    Apr 27, 2012
    Uberlandia-MG Brasil
    Nice pictures. Beautiful place. Thanks for sharing.
  7. JimR

    JimR TalkEmount Regular

    Mar 28, 2012
    Houston, TX
    Nice set. I really like the perspective from the hotel up high. Great catch of the rainbow. These all remind my childhood growing up near Rochester, NY and making visits to the Falls.
  8. freddytto

    freddytto TalkEmount All-Pro

    Dec 2, 2011
    Puebla, Mexico
    beautiful pictures friend, is a very nice place, also the night shoot are great....
  9. Ray Vardy

    Ray Vardy TalkEmount Regular

    Nice pics, good (but challenging) environment I guess. Like you weatherproof DIY bag idea too! How long have you had the sigma 19mm, are you pleased with it?
  10. dbmiller

    dbmiller TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Mar 2, 2012
    New England
    Had it about two weeks. Got both the 19mm and 30mm at the same time for my birthday/anniversary/Father's Day - All come up in June :) 

    Love the Sigmas. Rarely put a kit lens on the camera any more, and only when I need the reach of the 55-210.
  11. Ray Vardy

    Ray Vardy TalkEmount Regular

    Lucky you! Did I read somewhere on talknex that a 50mm was suggested rather than a 30mm, or am I getting blissfully confused!
  12. dbmiller

    dbmiller TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Mar 2, 2012
    New England
    50mm was considered the standard lens for a film camera. With the 1.5 crop factor of the NEX, you need around a 33 or 34mm lens. So the 30mm would be a little shorter (45mm equivalent), but about right.

    50mm on a NEX should make a good portrait lens.
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