They have upgraded the lights illuminating the Niagara Falls just so I could get a shot I call “Niagara Falls V2.0”
I was at Niagara falls in 1997 when the then “new falls lighting” used Xenon lights.
Here is the lights that illuminated the falls until now…
Here is how they illuminated the U.S. falls.
The old lights did a good job, but lacked the efficiency of the current generation of LEDs.
This is the next generation of lighting. These new lights provide programmable lighting, a wider spectrum of color and more than twice the previous lighting levels. The new lights also fill gaps to provide more consistent lighting.
Nikola Tesla watches on with approval. Thomas Edison could not be reached for comment.
(Straight Out Of Camera)
Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8
- Exposure, contrast and whites raised
- Highlights, shadows and blacks lowered
- Clarity, vibrance and saturation raised
- Radial filter to burn out everything other then the falls
They’ve definitely improved the illumination of one of the 7 wonders of the world.
The idea behind this upgrade was that most visitors to the falls do not stay overnight. The “powers that be” thought this would encourage people to stay longer, and of course spend more money.
The buildup of casinos and hotels has also had an impact on the falls. They block wind from clearing out the mists on the falls, making higher light levels necessary.
They might still be figuring out the programming for the lights the night I was there… I did a quick time lapse…