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Photographing The Colours Of Fall

Updated on December 30, 2012

For Fall Colours, Visit the Agawa Canyon

Between mid-September and mid-October, a 4 hour train ride north from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario to the Agawa Canyon will provide a full day's opportunity to photograph fall foliage. The Agawa Canyon Tour Train is equipped with comfortable coaches and two dining cars. Breakfast and lunch are served during the trip. However, many passengers brought along a picnic lunch to enjoy in the canyon.

The train leaves Sault Ste. Marie at 8:00 am and arrived at the canyon about 12:15 pm. There is a 90 minute stop to have a picnic lunch, walk one or more trails, and return to the train. At least another hour is needed there to really be able to explore more than one trail and shoot photos.

The photo to the left is a picture of a gorge we passed in route to the canyon.

Where Is Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario?

Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario is along the St. Mary's River and north of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.

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One of many northern lakes along the rail line.
One of many northern lakes along the rail line.

Tips For Photographing Fall Colours

while on the train.

For photographs taken on the train I used a polarizing filter to minimize reflections from the window and darken the blue sky. I also placed the lens of the camera directly on the window and shot in a direction perpendicular to the window surface. The ISO was increased to 1000 so the shutter speed could be increased to 1/200 second. I used an aperture setting of f/9.

The Agawa Canyon Wilderness Park

Facilities were adequate.

When the train reaches the 102 mile mark it begins a 10 mile descent 500 feet to the floor of the canyon. The stopping point in the canyon at mile marker 114 was a well maintained wilderness park. It was equipped with picnic tables, washrooms, and a train car converted to a gift shop. There are three scenic trails to explore; a 40 minute round trip walk to the Bridal Falls; a 15 minute walk to a second water fall and a 40 minute round trip up 300 stairs to a lookout 250 feet above the canyon floor.

I took the photographs in the canyon using a tripod. The ISO setting was 100 and the aperture was set at f/22. Shutter speed was usually over 1 second.

Photo Gallery Of The Agawa Canyon

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This photograph was taken looking north along the canyon from the wilderness park.  You can see the train along the left edge of the photo.Another photograph of the canyon looking north from the wilderness park.This photograph was taken looking south along the canyon from the wilderness park.The Wilderness Park includes many areas for a picnic lunch.This photograph was taken along one of the hiking trails.
This photograph was taken looking north along the canyon from the wilderness park.  You can see the train along the left edge of the photo.
This photograph was taken looking north along the canyon from the wilderness park. You can see the train along the left edge of the photo.
Another photograph of the canyon looking north from the wilderness park.
Another photograph of the canyon looking north from the wilderness park.
This photograph was taken looking south along the canyon from the wilderness park.
This photograph was taken looking south along the canyon from the wilderness park.
The Wilderness Park includes many areas for a picnic lunch.
The Wilderness Park includes many areas for a picnic lunch.
This photograph was taken along one of the hiking trails.
This photograph was taken along one of the hiking trails.

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      crbphotography 3 years ago

      @mbgphoto: Thanks again. If you check on the Via Rail web site they often have 40% to 50% off on one way train trips between Toronto and Vancouver. The train trip is wonderful. Meals are gourmet!! We found the sleeper car a little bumpy but by the second night we were sleeping well. Do it!

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      Mary Beth Granger 3 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      These photos look fantastic. I'd love to take that train some day. We were in Sault Saint Marie on the US side last summer but didn't cross into Canada. Beautiful country!

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      crbphotography 4 years ago

      @Surfbay: Thank you for your comments, Surfbay. I am sorry to see the leaves dropping from the trees, but look forward to next year.

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      Surfbay 4 years ago

      Great stuff. Most impressive landscape photographs. Makes the fall a worthwhile.

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      crbphotography 4 years ago

      @vinodkpillai lm: Thank you vinodkpillai. It is easy to get great photographs when the scenery is so spectacular! I wish the stop over at the canyon was longer than 90 minutes so I could have taken more photographs.

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      vinodkpillai lm 4 years ago

      Beautiful photographs!

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      Ahorseback 4 years ago

      Gorgeous photos of fall ,My personal favorite , Thank you for sharing this ! AND a train ride too !

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      Someday I hope to go see the fall colors. I hear they are spectacular on the east.

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      jaisonvincent 4 years ago

      @jaisonvincent: sorry picture is here http://www.lookindiahotel.com/images/00/Eravikulam...

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      jaisonvincent 4 years ago

      I am in love with "The Agawa Canyon". This is the picture of Munnar, Kerala

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      crbphotography 4 years ago

      @nifwlseirff: Thank you nifwiseirff. You don't necessarily need a DSLR to use a polarizing filter. Before I upgraded to my Nikon I used a Lumix Z50 10 MG pixel camera with a 12 x zoom. The lens was such that I could screw on a polarizing filter. Even during other seasons of the year the polarizing filter darkens the blue sky and makes the clouds pop out at you.

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      nifwlseirff 4 years ago

      Stunning photos! I'm looking forward to upgrading to a DSLR, so then I can use the polarizing filter - it really works to reduce reflections an intensify colours! My favourite season is autumn, now that I am in Europe, I can't wait to get out and photograph the changing leaves. There wasn't much of an autumn in my home country (Australia), so autumn here is very special.

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      Mary Beth Granger 4 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Beautiful photographs. I too like to use my polarizing filter when I take fall photos. It's like putting "sunglasses" on your camera and really makes the colors pop. I enjoyed your lens.

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      crbphotography 4 years ago

      @Deborah Swain: Thank you, Debs. I am fortunate that the fall colours at Agawa Canyon were about three weeks ahead of the colours here near Niagara Falls, Ontario. So, I am able to enjoy the peak colours twice!

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      Deborah Swain 4 years ago from Rome, Italy

      spectacular!