The weather in Toronto has been a deep freeze this week, with temperatures dropping as low as -27oc (-16.6 oF) with the windchill. Of course, there’s got to be a plus side to such chilly conditions, right? Accordingly, Tito and I drove off to the Hamilton area to do a little winter waterfall hunting. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the area, Hamilton happens to boast more than 100 waterfalls.
The city of Hamilton in Ontario, Canada is home to more than 100 waterfalls and cascades, most of which are on or near the Bruce Trail as it winds through the Niagara Escarpment. Hamilton is known as “The City of Waterfalls” and brands itself as “The Waterfall Capital of The World.” Ontario’s internationally recognized Niagara Escarpment provides perfect geological conditions for waterfalls to occur, from Tobermory to Niagara Falls.
The shots below are all taken from Webster’s Falls in the Spencer Gorge area, which had frozen over beautifully. We also viewed Borer’s Falls, the Darnley Cascade and Tews falls; a stream so thin and tall that it was reduced to just a few icicles. Webster’s was definitely the most spectacular of the lot.
And that big ice cube? That’s Lake Ontario.
Heading into another cold one tonight… -42 with the wind chill. But it’s so, so pretty…
Tito and I are taking off to Montreal today :) I promised I wouldn’t take my camera or computer (knitting, of course, is still coming. To do otherwise would be madness). To get my shutterbug out of my system I went out an hour before dawn this morning to snap some shots of the beautiful snow we got yesterday.
Who says we don’t have white beaches in Canada?
PS – For those interested – here is my set up this morning. I shot everything RAW, at f.10 for sharpness, and processed the details in Lightroom.
- Canon 7D
- Remote Release
- Lee Filter System with .6 Graduated Neutral Density Filter
- Sigma 10-20mm, f4.5 Lens
Recently I purchased a Lee Filter system for my camera. I was dubious as to the worth of an on-camera filter system – after all, Lightroom has a graduated filter built in where I can adjust exposure, white balance etc. However, having taken it for a walk I can honestly say that being able to make adjustments while shooting is amazing. The filter can rotate, and slide in it’s holder to achieve a variety of effects, and the creative possibilities are endless. I foresee a new place to dump my camera funds – for sure the big stopper is coming on my next trip!
Here’s an image-heavy post of the beautiful Leslie Street Spit here in Toronto – almost every shot here is taken with the filter on. I’m using the 4×6 holder, on a 10-20 mm sigma wide angle lens, my trusty Canon 7D and a 0.6 graduated neutral density filter.