In September, I was married to my sweetheart Carol, after 4 years of being together. We had a very wonderful wedding and it was filled with laughter, family, and friends. A week later, we packed up our motorhome and headed North to visit Niagara Falls. What better spot for a honeymoon? And what better spot for some night photography too! Carol seemed content hanging around the Canadian site of the falls as sunset became dusk and turned to dark. Then it happened.
The waterfall exploded with colors as the light show began.
Earlier that day, we encapsulated ourselves in red plastic for a ride to the falls. Never to disappoint, Niagara Falls sported a brand new rainbow just for us that day. We were soaked but happy as we laughed at each other being soaked, hoping our cheap raincoat was enough to keep the iphone dry.
And then I remembered that famous skit by Abbot and Costello:
Slowly I Turned, Step By Step…
I couldn’t pass up showing this to you, in case you are too young to have seen it on TV. So there we were; Niagara falls. We took the boat near the falls, were drenched in the process and had a lot of fun doing it.
Next Stop was Canada’s version of The Las Vegas Strip. It wasn’t too much of a walk so we headed up Victoria Ave to find a place for dinner. Along the way, I was fascinated by the Ripley’s Moving Theater, a form of a wax museum.
It’s there I found The Wizard. Interestingly, this little exhibit was incredibly detailed, beautifully crafted and made me smile, like I did when I was a young man, looking at the video games I used to play. I made this photo with my Sony A7rII and my Sony FE 16-35mm Zoom lens, shot at ISO 800. I was just getting used to my new camera and when I saw how amazingly detailed and noise free this image was, I was thrilled. Hand-held at 1/25th of a second, it was if I had used my Gitzo Traveler tripod, but this time it wasn’t needed.
It was time to go home, but just one more photo before we leave….
This time, facing the Canadian side, we saw all the glitzy hotels and attractions. It was a fun day getting wet, meeting Merlin and enjoying my time with my beautiful bride. And, just in case you were curious, the image above was processed with Topaz Labs Texture Effects and I love it! So much fun to play with, it makes a simple image more interesting, don’t you think?