I Went to Niagara Falls and Hated it!

The idea of visiting Niagara Falls filled me full of hope and wonder what the falls would be like however I left feeling somewhat disappointed and underwhelmed. Don’t get me wrong, the falls are beautiful and up close the falls are incredibly powerful and I learned that the 1/5th of worlds fresh water goes over these falls everyday. It also begged the question, how did anyone ever survive going over the falls in a barrel?

Niagar Falls Lo res

4 shot hand held pano, stitched in Photoshop

What was disapointing is how the falls have been commercialised and quite frankly ruined by the number of Casinos, Starbucks and the cheap theme park atmosphere that has flourished.

I understand that there needs to be a requirement for hotels and resturants etc but after counting seven Starbucks within a square kilometre resulted in the conclusion that Niagara Falls had been turned into a tourist trap.


Mid morning, when it was the most quietest

The sheer number of mirror mazes, haunted houses and cheap thrills has detracted from the brilliance and awe inspiring power of Niagara Falls.

Just after Sunset

Maybe I was expecting to much, maybe I should have lowered my expectations because I certainly didn’t expect a cheap theme park atmosphere aimed at young people (Canada’s legal drinking age is 19) and as I left I wondered if the other 7 wonders of the world had been ruined by commercial gain.

Upside Down House……..Why?

Would I go again, No, not a hope, and for these reaosns. The distance from a major East Coast Australian airport to Niagara Falls is just shy of 17000 kilometres (one way) and several very long haul flights however the main reason is that Niagara Falls leaves you with an overall feeling of being nothing more than a cheap theme park which just happens to have a waterfall steeped in history and is the 8th wonder of the world.

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My Top 5 Photos – 2018

We all have them, a favourite photo or two and I’m no different except that I seem to have so many favourites it becomes very hard to choose however after several days of much deliberation I have managed to pick my top 5 photos of 2018.

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Sony A7 – ISO 800 S/S – 1/60 A – f/4.5

Wandering through the old quarters of Jersulam I spotted this old guy sitting quietly in a plastic chair. The light just fell across his body which made him stand out even more in a poorly lit room. Asking if he minded if I took his photo he nodded his head in a No motion and I managed to capture two images. My regret is that I did not take long enough to compose the image properly ultimately leaving details out like his walking cane which may have added more detail to the photo.

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Nikon D810 – ISO 800 S/S – 800 A – f/11

The winner, Italo Ferreira of the Rip Curl Surf Pro Comp at Bells Beach, Victoria won the emotional event however the crowd was there to see Australias favourite surfer, Mick Fanning’s last ride as a professional surfer ending a long surfing career.

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Sony A7 – ISO 64 S/S 1/400s A – f/4

Asking his humans if I could take a photo of their dog they said that he wouldn’t come near me but he did exactly that and walked straight up to me letting me take his photo. Maybe he was looking for a sniff, a lick, a pat or maybe some food but he was pretty happy that he was out for a walk with his humans.

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Sony A7 – ISO 64, S/S 1/50s  A – f/7.1

These three gents stood out from the rest of the crowd on The Beach in Tel Aviv. After downloading and viewing the files I couldn’t help but give the photo the title of Three Amigos and the photo had to be in Black and White. It wasn’t until later that I noticed the middle guy trying to wave me off but by the time he had done that I had already taken two.

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Samsung Note 8 – Camera app Default Setting

The Yellow bus had me standing in the one spot waiting patiently for over 30 minutes so I could snap it passing underneath the corner of the building. Sometimes the best camera you have is your smartphone and I did get some much needed exercise walking around Hong Kong Airport while waiting for a connecting flight.

Would enjoy seeing your favourite photos of 2018 so please leave link to photo in the comments section.

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