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Postby tjconheady » Thu Jul 05, 2007 5:40 pm

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Postby Matt » Thu Jul 05, 2007 8:15 pm

looks pretty wide.
I'm not looking forward to having to drive all over to shoot all of these. I'll add this one to the list when I get a chance. Thanks!
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Postby tjconheady » Thu Jul 05, 2007 8:19 pm

i wish that i had the time during my last trip to boston, maybe next time...philly next month
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Re: Cohoes Falls

Postby cbobcat49 » Thu Aug 28, 2008 11:01 am

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Re: Cohoes Falls

Postby Matt » Thu Aug 28, 2008 2:21 pm

the second largest falls in New York State


hmm... must be based on a combination of things.
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Re: Cohoes Falls

Postby cbobcat49 » Thu Aug 28, 2008 2:33 pm

water volume? That might make sense. (after Niagara)
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Re: Cohoes Falls

Postby L_G_D » Sun Jun 21, 2009 7:16 pm

Saw this topic didn't have any pics, so I went there today to grab some. Got really lucky. Not only does the new park allow a better view of the falls than the old viewpoint did, they are rebuilding the hydro power plant so there is no water being diverted from the falls right now. Combined with the amount of rain we've had recently, it makes for a good thundering combination.

Here's the view from the old park, which has been greatly improved from what it used to be, but still has power lines, fences & trees in the way:

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The new park is quite extensive, and has several viewpoints, this is the closest, but you look at the falls almost from the end, not head on:

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There's almost no place you can see the falls without a fence in the way at some point, at least at this time. There will be a stairway that leads down from the lower viewing area to a flood plain where you can walk around, view the falls from river level, and go fishing. Unfortunately, the entire area was under a couple feet of fast moving water and the stairway was closed.

This is a close up shot of the middle of the falls from the main viewing area, I'll see how a panorama I did turned out, that has this level of detail.

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The lowest viewing area is surrounded by fence, of course, so this is a shot taken holding the camera on the top rail of the fence, which is tall enough that I could just see through the view finder by standing on my toes.

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Re: Cohoes Falls

Postby champy1013 » Sun Jun 21, 2009 7:53 pm

nice - it's good to have someone from the ADK area now to get info on all the falls up there. With the amount they have, someone could start an entire website dedicated to just the adirondack section
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Re: Cohoes Falls

Postby Matt » Mon Jun 22, 2009 11:46 am

hmmm... maybe I should get out there this year.
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Re: Cohoes Falls

Postby L_G_D » Mon Jun 22, 2009 2:07 pm

If you're planning a trip to see these, I would say try sooner rather than later, because as soon as the power plant refit is done, I'm sure the water volume will be reduced greatly.

You can get an idea of the layout from the views on Bing maps, these are old enough that the new park isn't built yet, and see that the water level is much lower. In some pictures I've seen it almost dry. In the Bing shots, you can see there is a triangle-shaped piece of land at the bottom of the falls that is under water right now. Once that clears off, I imagine you can get quite close to the bottom of the falls for nearly unobstructed views. It's just a matter of hitting it at the right time.
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Re: Cohoes Falls

Postby George » Sun Nov 01, 2009 9:23 pm

I visited the Overlook Park today at sunset, on what is supposedly the last open day of the season. There was plenty of water from yesterday's rain, and it was hard to tell whether the power plant was diverting enough to dry them significantly in lower water.

If you plan to photograph here with an SLR, bring a beanbag or similar support. The wall is too high to shoot over with a tripod, but it's wide enough to set a camera on.

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In this shot you can see a log approaching the brink. I didn't see it when I took the shot, and I wish I'd waited a second or two longer.

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Re: Cohoes Falls

Postby L_G_D » Mon Nov 02, 2009 2:08 pm

Cool shots.

Was the lower area along the river open yet? It doesn't look flooded like it was when I was there.
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