Jen Rinaldi Photography

Capturing Life's Fleeting Moments…

The Great Falls of Paterson March 2, 2009

McBride Avenue Extension and Spruce Street, Paterson

The Great Falls of the Passaic River is a prominent waterfall, 77 ft (23 m) high, on the Passaic River in the city of Paterson in Passaic County in northern New Jersey in the United States. One of the United States’ taller waterfalls, it played a significant role in the early industrial development of New Jersey starting in the earliest days of the nation. It is part of the Great Falls of Paterson-Garrett Mountain National Natural Landmark as well as a National Historic Landmark District. (Excerpt take from Wikipedia)

On Saturday we took a ride to the Great Falls of Paterson in Paterson, NJ.  I had no idea what to expect, besides what I’d seen in photos on the internet.

Standing on the bridge that runs directly over the falls was quite amazing!  You’d never expect to find this natural wonder in the middle of downtown Paterson!  The falls are majestic to view and standing on a bridge 77 feet (or higher) directly above them, looking down, is quite an experience!

For an overcast day I’m pleased with the final results (after a little Photoshop post processing and some cloning to remove the garbage that shamefully littered the falls…yes, I’m serious).

This is the closest I’ve come to a mini-Niagra falls!

*Please click to view larger to see the details*

Taken with the 12-24 Tokina

Taken with the 18-200 VR


13 Responses to “The Great Falls of Paterson”

  1. WOW! That is right here in our own state? Right in Paterson? Who knew!

  2. the motion in the 2nd to last one is outstanding! Nice hearing you got out again…

  3. colblue Says:

    Wow is right!! That is an impressive waterfall, especially in the middle of a built up area. Nice Processing Jen! 🙂

    Shame about the litter. I can’t understand why anyone would want to deface such beautiful natural wonders with their garbage.

  4. Debra Says:

    Who knew such a beautiful site resided in NJ. Love the pics.

  5. Fantastic processing on these Jen!!!! Simply wonderful.

  6. Andy Says:

    Wonderful final shot.

  7. George Says:

    Jen – stunning place – very impressive – love the processing

  8. suehenryphotography Says:

    Love the breadth of the last shot! Looks like a wonderful place to visit and photograph.

  9. Great falls = great pictures! Welld one indeed.

  10. Julie McLeod Says:

    I love the last shot especially showing the derelict brick mill or generating plant and the way the falls are framed by the bridge. I think the industrial beginnings of New England towns are fascinating…

  11. Mike Palmer Says:

    I like the last one – great way to show scale

  12. Chris Says:

    Of these photos, I would have to say numbers 1, 3, 4 and 5. I love how you captured the motion in the 4th one. And the last one turned out really amazing. I love the location you found to stand to take the photo. The old hyro-electric plant in the front and the waterfall in the back really makes for an amazing photo. I was both very impressed and appalled at the same time with this location. The waterfalls and how the historic city was built around is quite amazing. The defacing of buildings with paint-tags and trash strewn all over was very sad. Sad to see how people can let something so beautiful be let go.

    I also love how you got so much of the background in the first photo with the waterfall. Very amazing photos, Jen.

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