Capturing Finger Lakes Beauty With a Camera

story and photos by Linda Scalise Schamberger

Natural beauty is in abundance in the Finger Lakes Region. Taking striking photographs of that beauty takes a bit of technical know-how, some familiarity with the landscape and an affinity for exploration. From the breathtaking curve of the Milky Way to the roar of a waterfall in the rainy season, stunning views are everywhere – just waiting to be captured. Get your camera ready and follow along with these tips.


A long exposure and tripod are necessary to soften a waterfall. Try 1-2 seconds so you don’t blow out the texture of the falls. For this image, I used a neutral density filter to darken the light coming in for that longer exposure during the day, which is not possible otherwise. Use the lowest ISO setting possible, along with f/11 or higher.




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