View 458: Upper Falls at Letchworth State Park

Upper Falls in Letchworth State Park from 2020.
Upper Falls in Letchworth State Park near Castile, New York on Sunday, August 7, 2020. Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/60s, f/16, ISO 110, 58mm Focal Length, HDR Image.

Recently spent a day hiking, picnicking and photographing around Letchwoth State Park, one of New York’s beautiful state parks. The Genesee River which flows through the park has cut a deep gorge with three impressive waterfalls.

This image is a High Dynamic Range (HDR) image created by merging five photos taken in 1 stop intervals from -2EV to +2EV. I recently reinstalled Skylum’s Aurora HDR 2019 which roundtrips out of Adobe’s Lightroom Classic making it easy to create HDR images which best fit the way I saw this scene.

Upper Falls, featured above, up until 2017, looked very different as large cement blocks anchored tall steel girders supporting a Portage Bridge spanning the gorge.

Upper Falls at Letchworth State Park from 2007.
Upper Falls with the large bridge footings and steel girders supporting the railroad bridge at Letchworth State Park near Castile, New York on Saturday, October 20, 2007. Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/25s, f/8, ISO 200, 50mm (75mm DX) Focal Length.

Photographing the same scene over time is one of the joys of photography. Documenting the changes for others to learn and appreciate.

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