Niagara Falls at night and almost frozen

As you may know, the Niagara Falls almost froze two weeks ago. I wrote an article with some images shot during the day, and I have more! I decided to stay until the night to watch the light show and it was stunning with the ice! Be sure to click on the images to see them full screen.

When night falls, they have those huge projectors that illuminate the falls with changing colors (more information on the official website).

Night Rainbow  |  Horseshoe Falls - Niagara Falls, ON

Night Rainbow | Horseshoe Falls – Niagara Falls, ON

We shot for 1 hour or so before sunset and then we went inside to warm up, waiting for the lights. The show started during blue hour, which was perfect to get balance between the colors and the sky.

Leaning into the night  |  Horseshoe Falls - Niagara Falls, ON

Leaning into the night | Horseshoe Falls – Niagara Falls, ON

When it got darker, we started seeing the light rays in the sky, providing a stunning composition on the American falls (see image below).

The star of the show  |  American Falls - Niagara Falls, ON

The star of the show | American Falls – Niagara Falls, NY

When it got really dark, it was hard to get an exposure because the colors were too bright. I had to shot two exposures, one for the color spots and one for the rest of the image. I then blended the two in Photoshop using luminosity masks (see image below).

Trying to be someone else  |  Horseshoe Falls - Niagara Falls, ON

Trying to be someone else | Horseshoe Falls – Niagara Falls, ON

The photos during the day are stunning, but it’s hard to beat the night shots with these lights. They’ve done a great job lighting up the falls, even though I think the falls should be a more “natural” place.

I certainly hope you enjoy these images!

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  9. adlux

    Why you spoil the beautiful Niagara with different, unnatural colors? Awful. The best way to light it is full spectrum, white light, like at daytime. And do not direct the light towards the sky, this is light pollution. They’ve done a bad job lighting up the falls.

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    1. Michael Muraz Post author

      adlux, I understand your point of view but I think they did a good job. And the lights are not directed to the sky, they’re actually downwards, limiting light pollution, which terrible in the city anyway

  10. Deirdrie Schmidt

    Unfortunately the only time I got to go to Niagra Falls I had a migraine the whole weekend. Coming from Australia nothing was going to stop me from seeing it but unfortunately the images are not clear in my memory. Thank you for these glorious photo’s.

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