Too excited to wait!

I had fully intended to leave this photo for the grand finale of my Niagara Falls series, but I just can’t do it! I’m like a little kid on Christmas morning who can’t wait to show her friends her favourite present.

Before I reveal the pièce de résistance, let me tell you that I faced some major challenges taking pictures of Niagara Falls that I had never considered beforehand.  First of all, I’m used to taking pictures where I can fit the entire waterfall inside the frame of the photo, but when you stand before the enormity of either of the waterfalls at Niagara Falls, and especially the Horseshoe Falls, you have to decide what is most important to include in your shot because you are never going to capture the whole thing (unless you are taking it from a great distance or you have an extremely wide angle lens).  I had also forgotten how powerful these waterfalls are and how much mist they generate as a result, a mist so thick that it can obscure your view of the waterfalls themselves.  Depending on the wind direction, the mist can create conditions that are dangerous to the health of your camera. They even sell rain ponchos in the gift shop so that people don’t get soaked.

We were actually quite fortunate that the day we decided to visit the observation areas and take photos, the wind was blowing away from us, so I was able to use my camera without worrying too much about damaging it.  I just made sure I had a microfibre cloth handy to dry off the lens periodically.

Ok, on to my excitement over this photo.  We were walking through the gift shop towards the falls when all of a sudden I looked out the window and spotted a perfect, full rainbow arcing overhead.  You did not want to be in my path at that moment because I went flying through the store and out the door like Hugh Jackman was waiting for me outside with open arms.  Then I started snapping photos one after the other.  Frankly, I was so excited that I’m surprised any of them turned out at all, especially since I was not using a tripod because of the crowds!!  Now I know that this shot is not perfect by any means, mostly because of the mist which tends to make it look blurry or undefined, but to me this is one of the most beautiful shots I have ever taken.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did, and over the next few days I will show you more close up shots of each of the two waterfalls.

P.S.  Look very closely at the top of the photo.  You can just barely see that it was actually a double rainbow.

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34 Responses to Too excited to wait!

  1. Colline says:

    Stunningly beautiful!! I am not surprised you could not wait to share it with us 🙂

  2. Jeff Sinon says:

    I can see why! I wouldn’t be able to contain myself either. Great work Cindy!

  3. Heather says:

    What a beautiful picture. Great work Cindy.

  4. Northern Narratives says:

    That’s a great photo and I love the hint of the double rainbow.

  5. ladyfi says:

    Wow wow wow! Definitely a stunner! You should frame this.

  6. megtraveling says:

    I’m really happy that you didn’t wait. Beautiful photo!

  7. Ann Marquez says:

    Ditto – I’m really happy that you didn’t wait … (Have you seen that “double rainbow” YouTube video where the guy asks … “What does this mean?”… 😉 )

    • Thanks! I checked out youtube, and I’m pretty sure I found the video you were talking about. I was laughing so hard I had tears in my eyes. What I really want to know is whether the guy was laughing or crying near the end. LOL 🙂

      • Ann Marquez says:

        😀 What I thought you were going to say that you are wondering … whether he was on drugs or not 😉 And just in case you’re wondering that also… I first saw the video on Tosh.O for a web redemption (I know, me watching Tosh, right? LOL) and Tosh asked if he was on drugs and he said he wasn’t. But it is too funny, isn’t it? I think “completely elated” best describes it. Love it … and love your photo and your enthusiasm to share 😉

      • LOL – as my family and I watched it, we did assume that this happy guy had indulged in a wee bit of either drugs or alcohol. Ok, maybe a lot!!! 🙂

  8. Dor says:

    Ooooh! Another winner! Can’t wait to see the next shots of your double rainbow over the falls.

  9. tadams4u says:

    That definately is an awesome shot! No wonder you were excited. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Lovely! And I think the mist adds to the photo–not detract. Makes you almost feel like you are there getting…misted!

  11. zelmare says:

    Oh how very beautiful! It is truly an amazing shot, I see why it is one of your favourites ever. Two waterfalls, two rainbows – how perfect! 🙂

  12. Glenn says:

    Well Done. Brings back some great memories visiting the Honeymoon Capital of the World.

  13. zannyro says:

    OH!!!!!!! How wonderful!! Congratulations!! What could be better?!!! Enjoy your happiness and thanks for sharing it with us 🙂

  14. This is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!! 😀 Whooooooooah…. stunning shot!!! Certainly a winner!!! Very very very well done Cindy!!! 🙂 **

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