Upstate New York 2015 Posted April 22, 2016 by Mike Piatek-Jimenez Last summer, we spent a week in Upstate New York. Here were some shots I took while we were there. The gorge at Letchworth State Park is beautiful. While visiting Letchworth State Park, we came across this beaver grooming himself in the river. Here’s a shot of the Upper Falls at Letchworth State Park. You can just catch the bottom of the train tracks crossing the river upstream at the top of this photo. You can’t visit the Buffalo area without a trip to Niagara Falls. Niagara Falls is too big to really capture in a single photo. I would recommend something like a 50mm lens and move around to really capture the area. Here’s a detail shot of the Horseshoe Falls. By taking one of the tours like the Maid of the Mist or the Hornblower, you can get a whole different view of the falls. There’s a risk of getting your camera gear wet, so I had a cover for my camera bag and tucked the whole bag under the poncho they gave us once we started getting closer to the Canadian Falls. We were on the Hornblower boat tour. Tours were running so often, that I was able to grab this photo of the Maid of the Mist (which leaves from the American side). Even though there is a lot of lush green foliage at the base of the falls, this photo was really asking to be processed in black and white. I used Nik Silver Efex Pro 2. Though I’ve visited Niagara countless times, this shot is one of my favorites. This is another example of not always using a wide angle lens at Niagara Falls. This was shot at 85mm and even cropped a little bit.