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    Historic photos in Falls going digital

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    From the Buffalo News:

    Many of the Niagara Falls Public Library’s historical pictures of the city are falling apart.

    That’s to be expected – some are 150 years old.

    The roughly 10,000 historic photographs in the archives of the Local History Department are being given new life thanks to a new digitization project at the library by City Historian Christopher R. Stoianoff.

    “There’s a need for it, that’s the biggest thing,” Stoianoff said when asked how the effort began.

    The photographs, contained in a half-dozen filing cabinets, are the most heavily used and handled items in the Local History Department.

    It’s a preservation issue, both for the quality of the pieces – some of which are crumbling – as well as to prevent more photographs from “disappearing” from the library.

    The goal is to have all the images accessible online through the library’s website.

    Photographing The Falls

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    The NileGuide has a page about photographing Niagara Falls (including some pictures):

    Everyone who visits Niagara Falls wants to preserve the memory in photographs, and no wonder. The Falls are one of the world’s most important and most visited destinations. And they are awesomely beautiful And so are you!

    But how can you capture the Falls, and you in front of them, at their very best?

    Sometimes photography at the Falls is tricky.

    Here are some tips that will make your pics more effective.

    Rainbows at night

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Many a tourist has returned from a trip to Niagara Falls with photographs of rainbows above the mighty cataracts.

    The Horseshoe and American falls are great locations for rainbows. When the sunshine reflects off the mist, it results in stunning hues of red, orange, green, blue and violet.

    What many visitors don’t realize, however, is that Niagara Falls is also one of the few places in the world to view night rainbows, or lunar bows.

    Those are formed when rays of light from a full moon bounce off water droplets in the air.

    According to the Niagara Parks Commission, lunar bows -also known as moon bows -were a regular occurrence the 1800s and early 1900s.

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