Cellpic Sunday – Niagara Falls Panorama

Niagara Falls from the American side observation tower.

Niagara Falls, New York.

This week we spent the day touring the Canadian and American falls. In a future post, I’ll have a complete review of the comprehensive tour of the falls from a tour company in Niagara Falls. After getting up close and personal with the mighty falls via one of the Maid of the Mist excursion boats, we were truly drenched, the ponchos they gave us notwithstanding. I used a plastic bag to protect my camera from the spray that is inevitable when getting close to the falls. But I digress, this post is not from below the falls. It was captured from the top of the observation tower on the American side of the falls. The tower rises above the Niagara River Gorge some 282 feet (86 m) above the docks where visitors can board the Maid of the Mist tour boats.

About the photo: I used my Samsung S20U to capture several images from the top of the observation tower. If you read my blog regularly, you’ll know that I love to create large panoramic images. With today’s cell phones, that function is built-into many camera apps. I prefer, however, to use Lightroom’s panoramic stitching tool as I have more control over the process. On the left is the American Falls, and in the center is the right side of the Canadian Falls, the view of that falls is partially blocked by a bend in the river gorge. On the right, you can see the hotels and other buildings on the Canadian side of the gorge.

Once I completed the tweaks and stitching in Adobe Lightroom, I sent the image off to Luminar Neo for final processing.

I encourage fellow bloggers to create their own Cellpic Sunday posts. I never have a specific topic for this feature, and the only rules are that the photo must be captured with a cell phone, iPad, or another mobile device… If you have an image from a drone or even a dashcam, that’s acceptable as well. The second rule is to link your challenge response to this post or leave a comment here with a link to your post in the comment.

John Steiner


  1. Great capture of the American Falls; there doesn’t seem to be the usual mist obscuring part of the view. Should I brag that I was seeing this mist from my Toronto condo.

    • That would be a beautiful view from a condo. I was unaware that it can be mistier than it was that day. We spent some time on the Maid of the Mist. That was misty. >grin<

      • Depending on the weather conditions, the mist rises more or less at the level of and above the falls, which is when I saw it, like a cloud of steam above a power station.

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