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The Great Falls, Paterson, New Jersey Photography Spot

The Great Falls of the Passaic River is a prominent waterfall, 77 feet (23 m) high, on the Passaic River in the city of Paterson in Passaic County, New Jersey, United States. The falls and surrounding area are protected as part of the Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park, administered by the National Park Service. Congress authorized its establishment in 2009.

One of the United States’ largest waterfalls played a significant role in the early industrial development of New Jersey, starting in the earliest days of the nation. It is part of the Great Falls of Paterson–Garret Mountain National Natural Landmark. It has also been designated as a National Historic Landmark District since 1976. The Great Falls’ raceway and power systems were designated a Historic Civil Engineering Landmark in 1977.

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Lens: This area is a wide-angle lens location.

Gear List at a Glance: Circular polarizing filter, neutral density filters, tripod, shutter release, wide and wide-angle lens. CPL filters will help you to create dynamic images. They will make your white puffy clouds whiter, take the silver glare off of water 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 an excellent spot for a ten-stop ND filter. See our ND filter page for more details if you need some additional information.

The Great Falls – Paterson New Jersey Photography

Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park – When to Go: Any time of year. Why not do a series of each season if you are not far?

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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. Your settings will vary depending on the lighting and your neutral density filter. 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 or the highest number. (It lets the least amount of light in). Your shutter speed will vary depending on the light. Take some test shots to decide your shutter speed after putting 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 on locking the mirror up and avoiding any camera movement. Use your shutter release or your 2-second timer also to prevent 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, an ND 1.2, and an 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.

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Entrance Fees: There are no entrance fees to the park.

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