Black and White Images of beautiful Ecuador

Landscapes of Ecuador:

I have decided to post some of the black and white images I have taken on my trip to Ecuador. Because black and whites have some very timeless feel to them and I enjoy not only color but also other styles of photographs.

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Black and White Ecuador, South America by Maryna Marston

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Black and White Ecuador, Cotopaxi, South America by Maryna Marston

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Black and White Ecuador, Cotopaxi, South America by Maryna Marston

Ecuador Diaries, Day2 – Cotopaxi and Zazu

Day 2.

6:15am
Time for breakfast.
No shower for me this morning, I had one last night.

A little boutique hotel “Maison Del Angel”, that we are staying at is beautifully decorated with chandeliers, oil paintings, well penned portraits from the last and modern centuries.
We go down to our breakfast area that delights us with the morning songs of multiple canaries.
The breakfast area itself is like a tiny garden with the waterfall on the side, extra high ceilings and floor to top glass walls on one side.

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Breakfast is served in perfectly unmatched but gorgeously color coordinated plates of different bright colors based on turquoise main plate theme.

Breakfast ala-cart and whatever style eggs with ham or bacon are made to order. Starting with the fruit platter we downed our eggs, had coffee and OJ and were 40 minutes late on our way to Cotopaxi.

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The drive out of Quito was somewhat long. Main challenge is to stay awake.
Meanwhile I am taking photos with my little Canon camera ( the newest addition to my Canon family – thanks to Justin ) along the way.

We get to the park of Cotopaxi. Look at shops and Justin is considering to buy a lama hat. I am reluctant to the notion of shopping. And so we go on to the next stop.

Half way up, we stop for a special treat – our guide, Richard, orders us a Coca tea. He claims it would give us a lot of energy. I make Justin to take a tiny sip, we laugh about an Englishman who does not drink tea, and Richard tells us the story of the tea we are drinking. Apparently leafs that were made for us are the same plant that is used to make cocaine. I ask if I can purchase something like this to take home (since I am a tea lover), but Richard’s face gets serious and he shakes his head. “No no no, they won’t let you take this out of the country and especially an American border petrol tends to look for things like this.”
We get the idea and buy somewhat fermented Coca tea in properly packed sachets.
We hop into the car and dive for a little bit longer, stopping once to take a few shots, while the sun is our and you can see the icy pick of Cotopaxi mountain. We pass the glacial lake on our left that almost has no water and finally arrive to a “parking lot”, or a place where everyone decides to park there cars at the bottom of the hill at 4500 above sea level.
That’s when I realize how desperately I need to relieve myself from the drink I had earlier.

Still I get excited. I look up, it’s about a kilometer high, well so it seems, “peace of cake” – my mind is telling me. We put sun lotion on our faces. I triple coat my nose to the point where Justin is laughing about my white face; we take our sunglasses, ski jackets, camera bag, water bottles and we are off.

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The first 5 meters are a complete shock!
I am out of breath. My hart is pounding and my legs are hurting.
Richard is telling us that our first part is to get to the base at 4950meters.
I am thinking to myself that I can not believe how unfit I am. I had so much energy and excitement before the climb, where did it all go?

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I keep making stops every 5 meters the first 3 times and am so out of breath that I have to apologize to Justin and Richard who are patiently waiting for me. My head starts to spin and I am feeling nauseous. “I am embarrassed, but I still need to monitor my body and go according to my abilities” – goes through my head.
I am slowly adapting to a soft sandy 30degree – 45 degree climb full of little and medium rocks. I am trying out different ways on how to climb. I am thinking that I ought to use different types of muscles that I have in my body. First I go up straight, than I go sideways to the left, than right than backwards. Cold wind is blowing sand into my face, and my mouth feels crunchy and yaki. But it is much overshadowed by the pain in my legs, a desperate need to find the restroom and amazingly beautiful views whichever way you look.
Every time I go up, my feet sink into the sand and the whole climb feels somewhat redundant. By the 4th stop I feel my ankles but my breath is getting better and I am feeling stronger. I isolate a group of 2 girls and a guy in the crowd in front of me and am trying silently to compete with them to the top.

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Half way through I am starting to do yoga-breathing, that helps, and gain a pretty good focus on the climb. I isolate the patches of a rockier surface from the sandy bits, and try to do a zig zag walk up the sturdier ground.
I am trying not to focus on my bladder and the pain, now, in my quads is doing a good distraction job. Richard tells me that they have a restroom at the base, and there is only half way left to go. He just mapped out my new reason to climb faster.
I am still competing against the team of 3, but about two thirds of the way I suddenly feel a hit of extreme fatigue. I close my eyes for a split second and I feel my eyelids getting heavier and my mind slipping into a dream-land.
Until now I did not realize how tired I was, without much sleep for 3 days in a raw.
I am making a huge effort to open my ache-ie eyes and keep on going.

Eventually both of the gentlemen give up on me and go ahead. I don’t mind though. I feel it’s a good idea. Everyone has their own pace. They are still keeping an eye on me, but now from the edge of the base. I am finally making it to the house. My legs feel like jelly. And I just want to go to sleep. I am exhausted.

Both of the guys decide to go even higher, but I am quite zombified by that point and I find myself a very cozy spot at the café shop. Since I feel unable to move or speak I slip into micro sleep, despite the loud talks around me. I open my eyes from time to time, look at new cheerful faces that speak different languages, at the breathtaking view of the valley through the window and am dissolving into a comatose state yet again.

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Cotopaxi ice top, Ecuador, South America by Maryna Marston

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Cotopaxi ice top, Ecuador, South America by Maryna Marston

Eventually I wake up from feeling so cold that my body can’t stop shaking. My fingers and nose are ice cold. I look through my pockets just to find out that I have no cash to buy anything hot, so I drug myself to walk around the cabin to get some blood flowing. The view is still breathtaking, but I am at the point where I start praying for Justin to come back from the trail above.
Literally a minute later I feel hope seeing Richard’s red jacket in the distance. Justin comes after him talking to some blond girl, laughing.

We are starting to descend and the walk down is much easier due to sand. This time we are looking for a softer sandier patches to sink our heals into. Justin and I walk down arm in arm. And I just can’t wait to get to the car to warm up. We stop to take few more shots along the way until we reach the so called car park.
Suddenly we see a wild fox, and I am trying to get as close as possible on my tippy toes like a ninja. I swiftly open my camera bag and arm myself with 70-200.

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Wildlife of Ecuador, fox, South America by Maryna Marston

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On the ride back both of us are completely passed out to the point where lunch is not an option at all. We get to the hotel and try to get some rest.

Justin organized one of the best restaurants in town, ZAZU. It is only 5 minute ride away from our hotel. Our booking was at 8 and even though we have arrived at 8:15, the restaurant was completely empty. Not a single soul. We had the whole place to ourselves until around 9:30.
I ordered a fantastic saviche made from at least 6 different types of seafood, while Justin had tomato soup. By the second course, which was also fabulous (trio of lamb Sheppard’s pie, lamb shanks, and something else made of lamb), Justin has started feeling really sick. He had a throbbing headache and felt some what nauseated. (nauseous). We leave very fast, catch a cab and back in the hotel in no time with my bag of seafood risotto and his lamb dinner). Who would have thought, that Justin could get an altitude sickness?! For the rest of the night there is not much I can do to help him. He just needed rest.

Ecuador Diaries, Day1 – travel

Day 1.

5:30am
An annoying flight connection. Left home at 6am. I probably had 3.5 hours of sleep that night. (and 2 nights before varied between 3-5 hours a night). Got to Huston at around 8:30. Than had to wait for our flight to Quito until 5:45.
The flight itself was ok. It was a small plane with United airlines, where you had to pay for movies 6$ per person or $8 for two. It took us about 5 hours to get there. I’ve ordered a tiny bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon which cost us another $7. Yeah.

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When we arrived to Quito we had to go through customs and I don’t even remember getting a visa or anything. They just looked at us, stumped our passports asked a few questions and we went on to pick our luggage up.

On the flight, right after ours, there was Ecuadorian football (soccer) team that landed from another country. From what we’ve heard they won the last game. Don’t quote me on that but I think I’ve heard someone say they played Brazil.

When we came out of from the passport and luggage control there were a ton of people, I am guessing waiting for the football team members to come out.

Somewhat I felt like I was at a red carpet event, only there was no carpet and people were staring instead of cheering. I guess with years, this sort of attention makes me very uncomfortable.

We came outside of this newly built, fantastically looking airport and got into a taxi. It took us forever to get to the hotel and I don’t believe the driver recognized an existing of lanes on the road. Reading many articles online about Ecuadorian driving and dangers of doing it yourself, I did not realize how bad it can be. (reminded me of Rome – no offense if you are italian :) )
For the last 8 years I have been complaining about Italian traffic, particularly in Rome. But being able to live through Ecuadorian taxi driving, I realize there are more scarier things than rush hour around Coliseum.

Finally we have arrived to our beautiful hotel, and 30$ later we were enjoying the beautiful green curtains, 4 poster king bed with hot water bottles, hot shower and a short sleep.
1:30am (p.s. Ecuadorian time is the same as in Austin). – perhaps I will rephrase this later in more pleasing wording.

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hotel “Maison Del Angel”. Travel to Ecuador, South America by Maryna Marston

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Travel to Ecuador, South America by Maryna Marston: hotel “Maison Del Angel”

Fall couple’s photo session

Even though shooting couples is not my primary photography product, I keep getting asked to shoot couples sessions quite frequently.
I love the fall, it is a time of the year when all the colors are so vibrant and bright.

Here is one of the latest fall shoots shot in Europe on my last trip.

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ah.. LOVE!!!

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by Austin based photographer.

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Couple’s photography by Maryna Marston

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Falling leafs

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Fall photo session

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Couple’s shoot, photography in Europe

I just love the yellow leafs and sunshine through the top of the trees.
Something is so charming about this time of the year!

Levitation shoot

This is my first real attempt to do a couple’s levitation shoot.
Throughout my photo-school years I enjoyed working on variety of topics, and I knew that eventually I would be shooting fashion no matter what comes my way.
I can call myself an Austin portrait photographer or a product photographer or even a photographer of the world – all of that can not hide the fact as to how much I love and enjoy anything to do with fashion. Every time I try to do something new, and push my own boundaries.
I have shot numerous family portraits, but the last thing I want my work to be called is “boring”.

Here is the fall couple’s photography session I shot in Europe. Besides the couple’s shoot I have added a few levitation images. I hope you enjoy them.

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New York Fashion Week

Preparation for New York Fashion week can not be more exciting time for me.

I have finally received a letter confirming my press pass!

Did you know?

“In a recent study by Fordham University, it was estimated that $40 million dollars are annually contributed to the Lincoln Center area and over $860 million dollars to the city of New York from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week guests, solidifying the event as a key supporter of the local economy. Over 100,000 guests, journalists, buyers and members of the industry make Lincoln Center become the heartbeat of the city for the 8 days ofIn a recent study by Fordham University, it was estimated that $40 million dollars are annually contributed to the Lincoln Center area and over $860 million dollars to the city of New York from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week guests, solidifying the event as a key supporter of the local economy. Over 100,000 guests, journalists, buyers and members of the industry make Lincoln Center become the heartbeat of the city for the 8 days of shows and events. shows and events.”

A PC for Photographers?

I’m definitely an oddball in the photographic and video community.  Thanks to stereotypes about what a PC is and what Apple computers are, few people especially photographers really understand what the difference is.

Before I begin a little background is in order.  Back in the early 1990’s when digital cinema was in its early phase of becoming a reality, digital workflows were pushing the limits of current computer technology.  At the cutting edge was Silicon Graphics Inc, a powerful computing system used by virtually every big Hollywood visual effects house.  For the rest of us there were a few options.  Amiga Computers, Atari (yes, believe it or not) and Apple Computers.  Thanks to a powerful processor from Motorola (the 6800 series) these personal computers were producing digital content that was rivaling the work from SGI systems.

On the other side was Intel, AMD and Cyrix, powering Microsoft Windows based computers.  Microsoft had established themselves in the business community as computers used for everything with the exception of DCC (Digital Content Creation), VFX ((Visual Effects), CGI (Computer Generated Imagery) and desktop publishing.

A social norm was born where MS Windows PC’s were seen as the computer used by secretaries and accountants while creative professionals used other specialized computers.  Now we know where those Apple commercials came from “I’m a Mac…and I’m a PC”.  Apple was the most versatile of these systems since so much software was written for it.  Amiga was a huge technological leap forward making realtime digital effects and photo-realistic 3D CGI possible thanks to a new partner, NewTek.  However, Apple still had a larger market share.

In the midst of this division a small company called Boxx was wondering how far they could push the Wintel platform. In the late 1990’s Boxx became the first computer company to do realtime uncompressed HD editing using only Intel chips running Windows NT.  I should point out that at this time Apple computers could barely do realtime playback of compressed SD video, HD was out of the question.  A new frontier was born as windows computers begin to show up as the system of choice for digital content creation.

So as a photographer why on earth would I be using a PC?  After all, everyone knows that creative people use Apple computers, right?  Well sure, that’s what I tell my completion…(maniacal laugh) wahahaha.  Bottom line is I like speed, performance and reliability, not to mention great local technical support.

If you ask people at Boxx what they are creating, they will tell you, “we build Ferraris”.  They are not kidding, I bought my first Boxx about 5 years ago and my reaction was nothing short of my jaw hitting the floor.  Never in my life had I owned such a high performance machine…and yes I have to admit that prior to owning a Boxx computer “I was a Mac”, but now “I’m a PC”.  Then again Boxx is not exactly your average PC.  Needless to say, I’ve been a fan ever since.

I now own two Boxx computers, a desktop workstation and a laptop.  The desktop does most of my heavy lifting when editing video using Adobe Premiere and Avid Media Composer.  I also use Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop at the same time on two separate Monitors, powered by my nVidia Quadro GPU.  Oh, and of course I have Pandora playing in the background :)

My GoBoxx laptop travels with me on location.  It’s great for tethered shooting or for working on clients projects on the road.  Attached to it is my wireless Wacom Intuos 5 tablet.  The HDMI full size port is great for presentations to show realitime video or photo editing.  The USB3 and eSATA ports allow me to use high speed inexpensive hard drives on the road to edit multistream HD video or the 1000′s of photos I just shot from a wedding.  I also have the option to use the second drive bay to add a second 2.5″ HDD and not worry about dragging around an external drive.

eSATA SD card reader USB3 1394

Multiple ports on my GoBoxx 1840, eSATA, 1394, USB3, multiple format card reader. Not shown are the HDMI, Display Port, Fiber Optic, and DVI ports.

It was a real honor to have been chosen to photograph their new lineup.  They made some changes to their chassis style, which you can see in photo below showing my chassis vs the new design just released this month.  While photographing Boxx’s new lineup I used my Boxx computer to photograph a Boxx computer.  Then I began to wonder if you photograph a Boxx using a Boxx will a time and space fold in on itself and form an endless feedback loop?Intel Xeon nehalem next to Xeon Sandy Bridge

Their new laptop is something of a technological marvel.  Most laptops including Apple’s MacBook Pro use consumer video cards such as the nVidia Geforce.  A good performer especially for a laptop!  However, Boxx being a professional computer offers the option of getting a nVidia Quadro, a workstation class video card!  That’s power, but it’s only the beginning.  If you need serious graphic mobile computing, they even have a dual graphic cards option!

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GoBoxx 1850 with intel i7 Extreme and nVidia K3000 Quadro. Dual hard drive bays and Blu-Ray burner.

Also in their lineup are the new desktops!  You don’t get to claim world’s fastest workstation without some serious horsepower!  Their extreme desktop variations offer liquid cooling and multiple GPU’s!  I do believe it may be time to upgrade my 5 year old desktop :)

Finally if you are in need of serious rendering options you have two choices.  The space saving renderPro and the extreme renderBoxx.  The renderPro is so versatile you can connect it to your MacBook Pro and get those projects out the door before your clients know what hit them.  Your competition will still be waiting for that annoying spinning beach ball to finish.

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Dual Sandy Bridge Intel Xeon Boxx renderPro unit

I’ll finish by saying there aren’t many technology companies that still manufacture their products locally.  Boxx is one of those companies that still designs, tests and builds their computer locally in Austin, TX.  They are a small company with a big product.  They want their customers to be proud of products they produce.  Visit Boxx Technologies

 

written by Marco Gutierrez

Dmitry Sholokhov is the winner of Project Runway season 10!

We would like to congratulate Dmitry Sholokhov with well deserved win on Project Runways this season!

His beautifully structured architectural fashion week collection have impressed not only judges on Project Runway but also many celebrities, editors and fans.

Judge for yourself:

 

Dmitry Sholokhov's collection for Project Runway

Dmitry Sholokhov collection for Project Runway finale

 

Michael Kors said that his clothes were: “impeccably made” and Nina Garcia thought they were highly editorial.

Beautiful designs by Dmitry Sholokhov on Project Runway

Structured pieces with a lot of attention to detail by Dmitry Sholokhov

Overall he did a beautiful collection and we can not be more proud of him!

Project Runway – Dmitry Sholokhov

Of course his competitors, Fabio, Melissa and Christopher did a very good job too. But there must be only one winner! And it is all comes down to polished, beautiful, looking expensive, well made collection.

Dmitry Sholokhov runway show

Runway show -shot by Maryna Marston and Marco Gutierrez

His journey somewhat resembles with me. He was born in Belarus and was a professional ballroom dancer for years until he decided to become a designer.
It is a very drastic change for anyone! It takes a very different set of skills and passion to do something completely different from what you have done before. More over it takes guts, sweat, blood, tears and a whole load of drive to change a profession like that. But everything is possible in the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Project Runway, New York Fashion Week, Season 10.

Dmitry Sholokhov, winner of Project Runway

Dmitry Sholokhov clothing

Dmitry at the end of his runway show

 

 

By his example and many more, I keep reminded to follow my dreams because ANYTHING is possible! 

My Experience at New York Fashion Week

I have been to fashion weeks before, in London and in New York. But you can not compare the experience of spectator vs a person with a press pass.
I love fashion and I have always wanted to be a part of the movement in some shape or form. This was my chance to do it first hand.

First of all you have to apply to get accepted first. Than when you are accepted you can finally book your flights and stay.
You have just over 2 weeks or so to plan your trip.

Me and Marco had press passes that allowed us to shoot any show in Lincoln Center. HOW AMAZING IS THAT?!!!!
Let me repeat it again! We were allowed to shoot any show we wanted! I must admit I was extra excited about shooting Project Runway and some of the long term famous designers like Dine Von Furstenberg, Vera Wang, Carolina Herrera … list goes on.

When we arrived on the first day of the Fashion Week we probably have spent about 50 minutes in line before they let us into their little den with magic computers and passes.

Marco Gutierrez press pass

Press Pass

When they did let us in we have discovered that they could not find me on their system for whatever reasons. It took them another 30 minutes to find my submitted head shot.

And than we were off.. Armed with press passes and a handful of photographic/video equipment just about enough to keep Buddah’s all 15 hands busy.

Marco Gutierrez and Maryna Marston

Press Passes

The first show we have shot was Richard Chai at Stage.

"Richard Chai show"

Richard Chai show at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, New York. Shot by Maryna Marston

As press you have a separate line where you line up sometimes an hour before that show starts. The earlier you get there the better place you will get from which you then shoot. Some of the best places are normally reserved by world renowned names like Elle magazine, Getty Images, in house photographers and videographers.

Marco in line to get into the next fashion show

Marco Gutierrez is in line to get into the next fashion show at Lincoln Center

As Marco would say, the reason as to why they call it a press pit is because you are literally pressed against another 100-300 people in a tiny little space. Sometimes you have a window big enough to fit your lens through and just move around a little. And sometimes you get a lot more space, where you can actually move your head or your arms a bit.

Press pit at Lincoln Center for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week

Maryna Marston at the press pit at Lincoln Center for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week

During the show you pretty much shoot non-stop! Everything you hear is clicking of the cameras all around you.
Before the show starts you see spectators and celebrities walk in. If a guest is late, they would not make it to a seat, and would have to watch the show from a sideline. Unless they are someone everyone can recognize in which case the guards might sneak that person in quickly.

One of the first super models is giving an interview to a fashion channel

One of the first super models is giving an interview to a fashion chanel

But in general, invited celebs usually arrive early and spend some time backstage with the designer and a bunch of paparazzi.

Celebs at the fashion show including Jay Manuel

Celebs at the fashion show including Jay Manuel

During the runway shows, most of the editors pick a spot at the end of the front raws closer to the exit. It gives them maximum time to look at the outfits and allows them to rush away as soon as the show is finished.

Robert Herjavec at New York Fashion Week

my fav shark – Robert Herjavec at New York Fashion Week

Every runway is different. Every designer tries to accentuate their designs by giving a special background theme or twikking the light a bit here and there.

By most part the shows start around 9am and finish around 10pm. And if you have to travel on subway, leave some extra time for travel, because I guarantee you, you’ll get lost once or twice. By the day 3, I think, me and Marco have gotten familiar with the subway system and it is not that difficult to navigate when you get used to it.
On a normal day we would spend most of the time inside the lincoln center by going from show to show. Some of the shows are runway and some are presentations, which means that all the invited guests, editors, photographers, celebrities walk through the space and can view the entire collection on the live models.

One of the presentations at Lincoln Center

One of the presentations at Lincoln Center

In both cases it is pretty interesting to be part of. It is of course much easier for a photographer to walk around the model and get close ups of the clothes as well as overall images. Most of the models usually pose for you when they see you photographing them.

The whole week you feel like you are in a completely different world. You are surrounded by high-end gorgeous outfits, celebrities, designers, famous models, editors and some very artsy people.

How does it feel for a fashion photographer from Austin to attend Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week?
Like a dream come true!

But it is only the beginning..

Travel – Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls by fashion photographer Maryna Marston from Square Earth Studio

Niagara Falls – American Falls by Maryna Marston.

If you know me even a little, you know how much I love to travel.
My latest travels took me to Niagara Falls.
Niagara Falls by photographer Maryna Marston from Square Earth Studio

Photographer Maryna Marston from Square Earth Studio at Niagara Falls.

One of the most mesmerizing and surreal experiences I have ever had was at the feet of American Falls.
When you are standing there completely covered by mist, looking up and seeing the sky and the people, it is hard not to be filled with the sense of awe.
Niagara Falls by photographer Maryna Marston from Square Earth Studio

Canadian Side of Niagara Falls Park – Niagara Falls Ontario.

Travel photography takes careful planning and weeks or even months of staying in the same place to get ONE perfect image.
When I travel, I don’t have that luxury, so am dependent on weather conditions and the maximum amount of time I can spend at a certain place.
Niagara Falls by photographer Maryna Marston from Square Earth Studio

Gorgeous structured rocks of Niagara Falls – American Side

If you ever have a chance to visit – you will always want to come back and see the Falls again.
Niagara Falls by photographer Maryna Marston from Square Earth Studio

Niagara Falls- water falling down – view from Goat Island

We had parked our car at the Goat Island and had an amazing opportunity to visit the Cave of the Winds!
Niagara Falls by photographer Maryna Marston from Square Earth Studio

A fairy tale view of American Falls – Niagara Falls, NY by Maryna Marston

You do not need to bring your shoes. When you buy a $10 ticket to get into the cave they give you a poncho and slightly more secure version of flip flops. The views from down up are out of this world.
Niagara Falls by photographer Maryna Marston from Square Earth Studio

Niagara Falls, rocks and water, by photographer Maryna Marston from Square Earth Studio

Niagara Falls by photographer Maryna Marston from Square Earth Studio

Niagara Falls – one man standing

Bring your waterproof camera with you and if you travel during colder months of the year – keep a towel in your car!
Niagara Falls by photographer Maryna Marston from Square Earth Studio

View from Cave of the Winds

There is a bunch of things you can do in the park. Including getting a boat ride that takes your right into a heart of Horseshoe falls.
Niagara Falls - Horse Shoe Falls by photographer Maryna Marston from Square Earth Studio

Maid of Mist – a boat ride into the heart of the Falls

It was lovely to see the Falls at night. And during the Summer, Niagara Falls Park keeps the colorful lights on until 12am.
Some of the best tips for night photography are patience and long exposure, which you can achieve by combining use of a tripod with longer shutter speeds.
Niagara Falls at night - photographer Maryna Marston

Niagara Falls at night – photographer Maryna Marston

If you decide to go, make sure to bring a poncho and protect your camera equipment with special water resistant covers.
Niagara Falls by photographer Maryna Marston from Square Earth Studio

This is the only place where Heaven and Earth collide

Niagara Falls by photographer Maryna Marston from Square Earth Studio

Horse Shoe Falls – one of the tree falls that make up for Niagara Falls

 

Until next time

Maryna