Photographing The Colours Of Fall
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.
Find Out More About The Agawa Canyon Tour Train - and Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
- Agawa Canyon Tour Train
Official site to look at schedules and make reservations.
- Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario Web Site
Site for useful information such as a site map, businesses, photo galleries, and more.
- Agawa Canyon Route Map
The route map shows the rail line between Sault Ste. Marie and Hearst, Ontario, which is 196 miles north of the Soo. The canyon is at mile marker 114.
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 CanyonClick thumbnail to view full-size
Decorate With Fall Colours
Photographs of Fall Leaves
This collection of photographs celebrates this most iconic of New England seasons. when the climate, forests and topography combine to create some of the most spectacular autumn foliage in the world.
Fall features vivid and brilliant images of nature’s gifts, which we often take for granted. Fantastically backlit, glowing colors are transmitted through the leaves, illustrating structural and textural elements of nature never before captured on film.
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