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Watkins Glen State Park, N.Y. Photography Hot Spot


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Photography Information:

This is a park you want to go to very early in the morning before the people arrive. I arrived at 7 a.m., and there were only a few people there. You can see the people in my pictures. They started to come around 8, and by nine, there were so many people I could not keep them out of my long exposure shots.

Arrive a little after sunrise here. Bring your tripod, circular polarizing filter, and your neutral density filters.  Of course, there is a lot of moving water here, so it is a long exposure, milky water effect heaven.

If you can go on an overcast day, that would be ideal.  The sun glaring into the canyon was tough to work with next to the dark areas in the images. Right near the State Park is Lake Seneca.  Don’t miss the opportunity to photograph this beauty.

Lens:  This is mostly a wide-angle lens location

Gear List at a glance: Circular polarizing filter, neutral density filter, tripod, shutter release.

Camera Settings

Manual Mode:  To do your long exposure running, milky water shots, you will 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 as low as your camera will allow. Aperture is  f22. 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). You now have your milky water exposure. You want at least a 5-second exposure for running water.

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Lake Seneca at Watkins Glen State Park

Captain Bill’s Lake Cruise – Dining in the Finger Lakes would not be complete without experiencing the splendor of a meal cruise aboard the luxurious Seneca Legacy. Thier meal cruises boast full course seated dining with fantastic entree selections prepared daily by our chef. 1 N. Franklin St., Watkins Glen, New York 14891 – 607-535-4541    Visit The Website

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Park Information:

Watking Glen State Park


1009 N Franklin St
Watkins Glen, NY 14891
Phone: (607) 535-4511

Hours of Operation

Park hours and facility operations are subject to change. Patrons are encouraged to contact the park directly to confirm operating hours before traveling.

  • Park is open year round.
    Vehicle entry fee collected from mid-May to November.
  • Trails Update: The South Rim and Indian Trails are open.

    *As of November 10, the Gorge Trail is closed for the season at Watkins Glen State Park. With any questions, please call the park office at 607-535-4511.

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Hotel Information:

Hotel Harbor, Watkins Glen – 16 North Franklin Street • Watkins Glen, NY 14891 • (607) 535-6116 – Hotel on the lake. $113.00 low/229.00 high.  You can stay here and get some nice sunrise and sunset pictures. You can also do some boat dock photography as seen here.

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Watkins Glen State Park:  2015 Camping Season: 5/8 – 10/12 – Group Camp: 5/1 – 10/26

*Please note within the camping season time frame, some loops/sites may open later or close earlier. For more details, please call the park or visit http://www.newyorkstateparks.reserveamerica.com

See more at: http://nysparks.com/parks/142/hours-of-operation.aspx#sthash.bxIleyVF.dpuf
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Village Marina Bar and Grill:  It was a good restaurant with good food and good prices. Head here for happy hour.  You might find yourself going back here a few times if your here for a weekend. There is a nice spot to sit outside. The staff is very friendly and the service is fast. What more can you ask for?

  • Address: 2 Seneca Harbor, Watkins Glen, NY 14891
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Finger Lakes  >  Watkins Glen
  • Phone Number: +1 607-535-7910
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For this location Read here. Let’s see if the rain will be falling here in the park. An overcast sky can actually be good when doing long exposure moving water effects.

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