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

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 only a few people were 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 primarily a wide-angle lens location

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

Camera Settings

Manual Mode: You will have to use a tripod to do your long exposure running and milky water shots.  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 as low as your camera will allow. The aperture is  f22. 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). You now have your milky water exposure. You want at least a 5-second exposure for running water.

For more details, go to Waterfall Photography Simplified.

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. Their 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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AREA

INFORMATION

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

Park Information:

Watkins Glen State Park

Address:

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 were 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.
The best hotels while doing photography

HOTEL

INFORMATION

Add your Watkins Glen State Park area hotel here!

Do you want us to send our photography and ghost hunting friends to your hotel for their photography or ghost hunting trip? Put your hotel information here. We will put pictures of your hotel, the website link, the phone number and your information on your hotel.

Would you like to be a featured hotel like this article or this one?  Please send us an email.  You will be surprised at how affordable our prices can be.

GOOD CAMPING

CAMPING

Where to camp while visiting Watkins Glen State Park

Add your campground here! Do you want us to send our photography and ghost hunting friends to your campground to stay during their ghost hunting trip? Put your campground information here. We will put a picture of your establishment, the website link, the phone number and your information on your campground to make it easy for our photographers and ghost hunters to find you. They are really good at getting there in the dark.

Would you like to be featured in an article as a place to stay while doing photography or ghost hunting? If so, please send us an email. You will be surprised at how affordable our prices can be.


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

Camping:

Put your camping information here so our photography friends know where they should be camping when doing photography at Watkins Glen State Park and the surrounding area. Send us an email.


We did not stay here but it is the closest camping. 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

FOOD & DINING

FOOD & DINING

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

Add your restaurant here! Do you want us to send our photography and ghost hunting friends to your restaurant after their ghost hunting or photography trip? Put your restaurant information here. We will put a picture of your establishment, the website link, the phone number and your information on your restaurant to make it easy for our photographers and ghost hunters to find you. They are good at getting there in the dark.

Would you like to be a featured restaurant like in this article? If so, please send us an email. You will be surprised at how affordable our prices can be.

Village Marina Bar and Grill: 

We ate here on our journey. It was a good restaurant with good food and reasonable prices, but if you have a restaurant to feed our hungry photographers while doing photography at Watkins Glen State Park and the surrounding area. Please send us an email to advertise on this high-ranking page.

WEATHER

 WEATHER?

 

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Don’t forget that you can use a rain sleeve on your camera if it is raining. If it is bright and sunny, you want to use a low ISO such as 100.

If you are doing photography along with your ghost hunting on cloudy days, you can do running water or waterfall photography to avoid the glaring sun. You can also use an ND filter to get a long exposure for dramatic effects, even in the sunshine. If you ghost hunt indoors in abandoned places be careful!

Go to our Photography Store after reading all about waterfall photography or neutral density filters.

Weather for Photography at Watkins Glen State Park 

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.