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Great Falls - Paterson, NJ

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by Wasabi Bob, Dec 21, 2010.

  1. Wasabi Bob

    Wasabi Bob Mu-43 All-Pro

    Paterson, NJ, the birth place of Lou Costello (Abbot and Costello) is also the home of The Great Falls. The falls are the 2nd largest falls on the East coast of the U.S. - largest is Niagara Falls.

    As the temperatures continue to fall I'll update the photo with a frozen version very soon.

    Check out several other photos at my Flickr set here:
    The Great Falls - a set on Flickr

    Slide Show
    The Great Falls

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  2. bilzmale

    bilzmale Mu-43 All-Pro

    This has a very olde worlde feel - not over commercialised.
  3. Wasabi Bob

    Wasabi Bob Mu-43 All-Pro

    National Landmark

    As is the neighborhood. It's located in the midst of Paterson's silk mills. At the turn of the 19th century Paterson was known as the silk city. That area and the falls were recently declared a historic landmark.
  4. vintageslrs

    vintageslrs Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 13, 2010
    Very nice photos of the "Great Falls". I grew up in Haledon,NJ one town over from Paterson.
    Those falls provided the energy for a ton of Mills in the 1800's....
    Paterson was known then as the Silk capital of the nation back then.
    Now like most inner cities...not too much pretty to see there other than the Falls and the Garret Mountain.
  5. Wasabi Bob

    Wasabi Bob Mu-43 All-Pro

    Changing times

    Actually many of the buildings (the mills) are being renovated and the area is slowly evolving into a historic district. Still not the nicest place to be at night. I do plan to visit the museum over the Christmas / New Years holidays while I'm on vacation.
  6. penfan2010

    penfan2010 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 12, 2010
    NJ, USA
    Great shot

    Great photo. I need to show this to my sons. I took them to see the falls three years ago after first moving to NJ and they were very disappointed (after having seen Niagara). I guess we didn't view it from the right angle!

    Excellent composition and tonal gradation. Was it all in camera (with an ND filter for the sky?) or with some help with post-shoot software?
  7. Djarum

    Djarum Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Dec 15, 2009
    Huntsville, AL, USA
    Very Nice!
  8. usayit

    usayit Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    NICE! I've been there a couple times to take photos but I couldn't find a way down. Apparently you certainly did!

    In the same location there is the old abandoned Hinchliffe Stadium. There are some great derelict style photos you can take there (assuming it hasn't been knocked down or something). Just be careful... especially at night.
  9. ~tc~

    ~tc~ Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Oct 22, 2010
    Houston, TX
    What lens/focal length?
  10. vintageslrs

    vintageslrs Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 13, 2010

    Glad to hear there is some improvement going on there...it was once a beautiful and busy city.
    Both my parents (both long since deceased) came from 21st Ave in Paterson.

    Would love to see more photos from that area.

  11. Wasabi Bob

    Wasabi Bob Mu-43 All-Pro

    Answers to your questions ...

    Q1:: Was it all in camera (with an ND filter for the sky?) or with some help with post-shoot software?
    I used Nik's Silver Efex - the "High Structure" efect.

    Q2: "I've been there a couple times to take photos but I couldn't find a way down"
    There are three places from which I take my photos. This was taken from the Visitors Center.
    There's the bridge (also used in a scene in The Sopranos) and at the spill over of the falls - here's a shot
    from there.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/wasabi_bob/1452372127/" title="&quot;Atop the Great Falls&quot; by Wasabi Bob, on Flickr">https://farm2.static.flickr.com/1081/1452372127_a1b1d468e2_z.jpg?zz=1" width="640" height="473" alt="&quot;Atop the Great Falls&quot;" /></a>


    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/wasabi_bob/1452383681/" title="&quot;Atop the Great Falls II&quot; by Wasabi Bob, on Flickr">[img]https://farm2.static.flickr.com/1383/1452383681_0640bbbec9_z.jpg?zz=1" width="640" height="478" alt="&quot;Atop the Great Falls II&quot;" /></a>

    Q3: What lens/focal length?
    Hmm, probably the 45-200. I've taken over 100 photos of this location.
    I think I used the "G1" for this shot.
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  12. vintageslrs

    vintageslrs Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 13, 2010
    Wasabi Bob--those 2 pix are also quite beautiful also!
    Very Nice!

    thanks for posting them!

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