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Photographing 2 of 133 Waterfalls Near Hamilton, Ontario (The City of Waterfalls)

With Niagara Falls less than an hour down the highway, it’s easy to overlook Hamilton, the “City of Waterfalls”.

Because the Niagara Escarpment creates a series of steep cliffs as it runs through southern Ontario, there are hundreds of falls along its path, especially near Hamilton.

We Actually Made It

The hike in to Webster’s falls can be quite challenging at times. Although the distance from where we parked is only about 4km, I’m surprised that we actually made it to Webster’s falls without any accidents and we did it in pretty good time. It’s over rough, rocky terrain and sections of the trail are along a steep drop off. The day that Andy, Dave and I decided to go we also had the additional challenge of dealing with a very wet trail that was covered in mud. As we spent a lot of time walking over and between rocks and tree roots, it was all we could do to keep from getting injured.

This location is one of my favourite waterfall hiking areas in the Hamilton region and is well worth visiting multiple times throughout the year. Just be sure to go prepared with rugged footwear and a walking pole or two can also come in handy.

I Escaped Work to go Wander In The Woods

I took a little time to visit a local Hamilton waterfall and enjoy the autumn colours.

Capturing the frost and Autumn colours in Bronte Creek Provincial Park

I got up before the sun to take advantage of an Autumn frost and vibrant colours in the leaves at Ontario Parks, Bronte Creek Provincial Park.

Kayaking to a hidden waterfall in Algonquin Provincial Park

On a recent vacation to Algonquin Park in Ontario Canada I took an afternoon to paddle my kayak up the Madawaska River and visit the beautiful Provoking Falls. As this was my first visit, this video represents more of a photographic recce for future visits. I hope you enjoy the video.

Exploring a local Conservation Area.
YouTube vlog episode #10

As I was driving by anyway, I decided to take an hour to explore a local conservation area and capture a photo or two.

How will I get past my repeated failure?
YouTube vlog episode #9

After a couple of days of rain I decide to make a visit to a photo location where I had never really had much success creating images. I figured that with the extra water flow and the autumn colours, my chances would be good for bringing home 1 or 2 keeper photos.

Searching for the little details.
YouTube vlog episode #8

After being confined to my desk working on a large graphic design project for a client, I decided I needed a little break from my work to go out to a local forest, relax and practise some photography techniques. It’s amazing what a little time in the fresh air can do for your creativity.

Stubbs Falls, and how I got the shot.

How did I get this shot?

  • Ventured to the non-trail side of Little East River.
  • Fell then slid down the slippery rock face on my backside managing to keep from falling into the deepest part of the rapids but ending up covered in mud and moss.
  • Hopped from wet rock to wet rock so I could get to the center of the rapids.
  • Stood ankle deep in fast moving water (in waterproof hiking boots that don’t keep your feet dry when totally under water)
  • Set my tripod to suspend $3,000 worth of camera gear inches above the water.
  • Metered the light, composed the image and then used my remote to trigger a 30 second exposure. Once returning to my desk I imported it into Lightroom to make localized adjustments. Then opened in Nik Collection to remove a slight colour cast and add a little warmth with the Skylight Filter. Saved back to Lightroom then exported to Photoshop to use content aware fill to remove the other photographer that was standing at the top of the rocks taking my picture as I was squatting in the river trying to keep from falling over. Saved back to Lightroom again then exported with my watermark. Overall about 30 minutes of editing after 90 minutes of walking, climbing and shooting.
The paparazzi were following me. I think he was waiting for me to fall into the water. :P
The paparazzi were following me. I think he was waiting for me to fall into the water. 😛

That my friends is how I got the shot.

So, the next time someone says to me “what kind of camera do you have? It takes great pictures” you better stand back because I feel a Ralph Kramden coming on. POW! To the moon!…

Specifics:

  • Location: Arrowhead Provincial Park, Huntsville, Canada
  • Camera: Sony NEX-7
  • Lens: Canon EFS 10-22 f3.5-4.5
  • Variable ND Filter
  • Lens Adapter: Metabones EF-E mount
  • Focal Length: 14mm
  • Aperture: f/6.3
  • Shutter Speed: 30 sec.
  • ISO: 100
  • Metering Mode: Pattern Metering

It’s good to be back.
YouTube vlog episode #7

I’m back after a short absence from the chanel. The leaves are starting to change colours and we had a great rainstorm overnight so I decided it would be a good time to get back out there, visit a local waterfall and bring you along.