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Upper Falls - Letchworth Park in Autumn Fall Waterfall | by :: Igor Borisenko Photography ::
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Upper Falls - Letchworth Park in Autumn Fall Waterfall

Letchworth State Park, New York State

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As I promised in the last uploaded image that the next shot will be from that bridge and this is it! I took this precisely a year ago. This view was heavenly and I wanted to be on this bridge in this moment for the eternity... unfortunately just shortly after I got all the shots I wanted we were chased off by park rangers for trespassing! It was illegal and dangerous to be on that bridge but it was so worth it... it would almost be worth it to get arrested for this gorgeous view. For once I was pretty proud for slightly breaking the law. This is overlooking those Upper Falls also you can almost see the Middle Falls in the top portion of the image. What a sight it was! I want to go back so bad but I have not had a chance as of yet because of lack of time or crappy weather. The light was pretty tough here with harsh shadows but I managed to pull out the dynamic range and detail in everything! It was sort of challenging just from one RAW but I accomplished it pretty well I think between a trustworthy programs such as Dynamic Photo HDR ( which extracted my desired dynamic range the lazy way from my RAW file) and CS4 for finishing touches. I tried to represent this scene exactly the way my eye saw this! This is as real as it gets :-)


Letchworth State Park is New York state park located 35 miles (56 km) southwest of Rochester and 60 miles (95 km) southeast of Buffalo in Livingston and Wyoming Counties. The park is roughly 17 miles (24 km) long,[2] covering 14,350 acres (58 km2) of land along the Genesee River.[2] Within the park there are three large waterfalls on the river and perhaps as many as fifty waterfalls found on tributaries that flow into it; the gorge formed by the river, with rock walls rising up to 550 feet (170 m) in places and which narrow to 400 feet (120 m) across above the middle of the three falls, prompted the area's reputation as the "Grand Canyon of the East".


The Upper Falls of the Genesee River is one of three major waterfalls on the Genesee River in Letchworth State Park in Western New York. What really makes this 40ft waterfall quite scenic is the rustic-looking bridge serving as a backdrop.


The Erie Railroad Company built a wooden trestle bridge over the Genesee River just above the Upper Falls. Construction started on July 1, 1852 and opened August 16, 1852. At the time, it was the longest and tallest wooden bridge in the world.[8]

The bridge is 820 feet (250 m) long and 240 feet (73 m) high.[10] It is still in use today.


In 2007, Letchworth was named one of the top 100 campgrounds in the nation.

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Taken on October 26, 2009