Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Pic(k) of the week 32: Niagara Falls rainbow - Fujifilm X-T1 & 18-135 weather sealing test

As part of my first visit to Canada (seePic(k) of the week 31), I drove up to Niagara Falls; an easy 1hr 30’ drive from Toronto. 

Ask any Westerner to name a waterfall and there is a big chance Niagara will come out! The Niagara Falls is the collective name for three waterfalls that straddle the International border between Canada and the US. Located on the Niagara river which drains Lake Erie into Lake Ontario, the combined flow of all three is the highest of any waterfall in the world.

With a vertical drop of 50 m (165 ft), the most impressive one is clearly Horseshoe falls. Especially on a somewhat windy day like I was there, the mist rising from the falls creates showers of rain along the promenade; a perfect test for the brand-new XF 18-135 weather sealed Fujinon lens mounted on the weatherproof X-T1. And yes, the camera body and lens got soaking wet and didn't miss a click!

The image below was shot in the late afternoon, with the sun in my back, creating a great rainbow.

Niagara Falls, Canada

Image details:
Fujfilm X-T1 with the XF 18-135 f3.5 /f5.6 Fujinon lens
ISO 200, 1/180s, f18, 36mm (55mm full frame equivalent)
RAW development in Lightroom 5.6
Nik ColorEfex Pro 4 for contrast adjustment

Even though, I don't regret having visited the Niagara Falls, it comes nowhere close to the magnificent waterfalls in Iceland. The facts that literary thousands of people are packed along the best viewing points and having an off-putting 20 dollar parking fee, makes it far too commercial for my liking. 


More images of my 3 hour visit to Niagara Falls can be found here.

Lastly, I hope to get the 18-135 lens review out somewhere by the end of the week.

Remember, "Life is like a river, sometimes it sweeps you gently along and sometimes rapids come out of nowhere" - Emma Smith

BJORN

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