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Top 10 Finger Lakes Photography Locations
Get your camera ready! Here are our top ten choices for the best photo opportunities here in the Finger Lakes.
#1. View with lots of room to impress
County Road 12 Overlook, South Bristol/Naples
Just north of Naples, this stunning view of Canandaigua Lake and its surrounding hills has been the backdrop for countless photographers. Camera-wielding professionals on the hunt for an impressive backdrop for weddings, engagements, senior pictures and product advertisers as well as the locals and tourists find this location irresistible.
#2. On the water Long Pier, Geneva
Do you like pointing your camera at large expanses of water dotted with sailboats? Do you wait patiently for birds and other forms of wildlife to "pose" for you? Do you love people watching and appreciate the quiet patience of fishermen? All of these are readily available photo subjects at Long Pier, a breakwater with a public walkway on Seneca Lake, located near the Ramada Geneva Lakefront.
#3. A picture for every season
Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Site, Canandaigua
Sonnenberg is a photographer’s dream location. You can shoot photos of the grand architecture inside and outside of the mansion or wander the nine historic gardens and greenhouses where hundreds of species of exotic flowers and plants are grown. You'll also find the gardens to be a favorite for plein air painters.
#4. Who doesn't love old boathouses
Canandaigua City Pier, Canandaigua
The historic boathouses at Canandaigua's City Pier are a favorite subject for professional and recreational photographers. More than 100 years old, their historic charm is ageless.
#5. Historic district of distinction
The Row Houses of South Main Street, Geneva
These Federal-style row houses along Geneva's South Main Street, listed on the National Registry of National Historic Places, are a great place for a photo shoot if you’re looking for elegant architecture as a subject by itself or as a background for other subjects. Eclectic additions give each of these blocked buildings a distinct personality.
#6. A town frozen in time Downtown Clifton Springs
Foster Cottage Museum, Clifton Springs
From the genteel Foster Cottage Museum to the stately Peirce Block, the architecture along Clifton Springs' (link to listings page) Main Street is pure Victorian elegance. You can focus on the architecture or zoom in on the historical aspects or walk the lanscaped pathways around the historic hospital. Beautifully preserved and humming with a vibrant community feel, downtown Clifton Springs harkens back to days of old, and offers a unique perspectives for your photographer’s eye.
#7. Where Lady Justice smiles
Ontario County Courthouse, Canandaigua
The Ontario County Courthouse (link to listings page) has been the setting of many historically famous trials, including the 1873 trial of Susan B. Anthony, who was found guilty of voting in the 1872 federal election in Rochester. The Courthouse, a fine example of Greek Revival architecture with its stately dome and gold-plated Lady Justice perched on top, has drawn artists and photographers for decades.
#8. So much to see at this four-star resort
Bristol Harbour Resort, Canandaigua
Inside or outside – take your pick at this top-of-the-hill Adirondack-style golf resort, whose greens were designed by Robert Trent Jones. How about picking your favorite season and doing a themed photo shoot? The grounds overlook Canandaigua Lake, so you’re sure to get a great photo from many angles.
#9. The "Jump off" at Ontario County Park
Jump Off, Ontario County Park
Ontario County Park at Gannett Hill is one of the highest points in Ontario County and located in the scenic Bristol Hills. At an elevation of 2,256 feet above sea level, you'll enjoy expansive views to the East; view portions of Ontario County and the hills behind Seneca and Cayuga Lakes. The must see spot in the park includes a spectacular panorama, changing with every season. The locals call this vantage point "The Jump-Off" and you will be presented with an amazing view of the Bristol Hills.
#10. You can see for miles and miles
Harriet Hollister Spencer State Recreation Area, Canadice
From a hilltop in this recreation area near Honeoye, there’s a view that goes on for miles. In the distance you have hills, a lake and plenty of blue sky to captivate the lens. If you’d rather, focus on the abundant wildlife as your subject. There’s no shortage of fantastic photo ops here.