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The Great Falls – Paterson New Jersey Photography Hot Spot

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Patterson Great Falls National Park – McBride Avenue,  Paterson, N.J.

You will enjoy this location.  Be sure to bring your tripod and a small ladder. One side of the park is currently under construction. There are two waterfalls. One on each side of the park You will benefit from using a ladder to get a shot high up over the fence. It’s a wooden fence that you can also set your camera on to use as a tripod. This is a long exposure heaven. The side of the park that is open, Mary Ellen Kramer Park, is by the main building and parking lot. There is a hole in the fence as of 3-15-15 that you can scoot your tripod up to and get a long exposure shot such as the one above. You can also shoot from above by the parking lot.  You can go around to the other side of the park, and the lake you see below is accessible from the road.

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Photography Information

Lens: Generally this area is a wide angle lens location.

Gear List at a Glance: Circular polarizing filter, neutral density filters, tripod, shutter release, wide angle and zoom lens. CPL filters will help you to create dynamic images. We recommend never shooting outdoors without one. They will make your white puffy clouds whiter, take the silver glare off of waters and replace it with a beautiful reflection. You have moving waters at this location so you will want to have your neutral density filters with you to get the long exposure, milky water effect. It is a great spot for a 10 stop nd filter. See our ND filter page for more details if you need some additional information.

When to Go: Any time of year. Why not do a series of each season if you are not far?

Camera Settings:

Manual Mode – To do your long exposure running, milky water shots at The Great Falls in Patterson N.J. you have to use a tripod.  All of your settings will vary depending on the lighting and what neutral density filter you have. You will shoot in manual mode for the milky waters. ISO is always 100 or the lowest your camera will allow. Aperture is always f22. (It lets the least amount of light in). Your shutter speed will vary depending on the light. Take some test shots to decide on your shutter speed after you put your neutral density filter on. (It’s like sunglasses for your camera to stop light from coming in). Use your live view mode to focus to lock the mirror up and avoid any camera movement. Use your shutter release or your 2-second timer to also avoid camera movement. Voila. You now have your milky water exposure. You want at least a 2-second exposure for running water. If you don’t have a neutral density filter you may not get more than 1/15th of a second in the sun. Go to our store to buy your ND filter. Get a 3.0 for super long exposure in the sunshine, a ND 1.2 and a ND8 for shorter exposures. If you can only afford to buy one, go with the 1.2.

See our How to Shoot Waterfall Photography Page for more details.

Shutter Priority Mode is used when our main priority is getting the right shutter speed. Shutter speed controls how fast the shutter opens and closes and is responsible for stopping action and getting crystal clear images when our subjects are moving. To read the basics of shutter priority Go to the Shutter Speed Page.

Shutter speed is used to get the milky water look on moving waters but the best way to do it is to also control your aperture and your shutter which is done in Manual mode. You can read about How to Shoot Waterfall Photography here.

During the day you would also need a neutral density filter when trying to blur the moving waters. Go to the Neutral Density Filter page and read about how to use them.

Aperture Priority Mode is used when our main priority is controlling the depth of field. It is often used for macro or close-up photography on things such as flowers so we can blur the background. It is used in school class photos when we focus on the first row and we want the 3rd row to also be in focus.  If you are not familiar with shooting in aperture priority you can read our Aperture Priority Page here.

Shooting in manual mode is a little more difficult. You will have to adjust your shutter speed and your aperture instead of only setting one and letting the camera do the other. It is used for waterfall photography, night photography, portrait photography and a few other things.

You can read more details about waterfall photography here. You can read about night photography here. They both explain the basics of shooting in manual mode.

Shooting night sky photography is actually very simple. It may appear to be complicated at first glance but if you read our section on Dark Sky Photography you can see how it is not as overwhelming as you would think.

There is also some good information that will be useful on our Dark Sky Photography Information page.

Find a workshop near you. Go to our Photography Workshops page and see if there is something for you. 

Shooting waterfall and milky waters photography require a tripod and some knowledge in shooting in manual mode. We have simplified it for you and you can read all about blurring waters here on our Waterfall Photography page.  You may need a neutral density filter for daytime waterfall photography and you can visit our page on Neutral Density Filters here.

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Hotel Information: 

Davenport Roadhouse Restaurant and Inn

Convenient Location:  Located just 10 minutes from Santa Cruz among organic farms, boutique vineyards, and state beaches and hiking trails, is the Davenport Roadhouse Restaurant & Inn.  Our Restaurant features produce from neighboring organic farms, a full bar, and outstanding wines.  Our Inn features ocean views, beds made to our specifications, locally made soaps and lotions, and cashmere-like robes made of soy and bamboo fibers. In a hurry? Visit our Café/Take Out bar serving locally roasted coffees, custom teas, and delicious sweet or savory baked goods made daily.

Park and Area Information:

Entrance Fees: There are no entrance fees to the park. If you would like to visit the visitors center there is a $4.00 fee to enter.

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Davenport Roadhouse Restaurant and Inn – See above in hotel info

We absolutely LOVE this place. It has many healthy meal options and the menu has icons for Vegetarian and Vegan meals and it offers Organic foods too!! We promote healthy living so this is on our top places to eat list.

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