- File Size: 22528 KB
- Print Length: 107 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: October 19, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01M4LXPQN
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #302,298 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The New York Photographer's Travel Guide: The Best Places to Photograph from a Professional Photographer, Tour Guide, and Lifelong New Yorker Kindle Edition
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Equally, one might think that taking pictures in New York City should be easy - the awesome skyscrapers are there, the fancy and funky people are there, and so much more... How could anybody go wrong?
Well, one probably can't go wrong by just pressing the button, but with this book James Maher shows us how to do better - he opens our eyes.
An easy give away is a picture at the beginning of the book. It shows a fire hydrant and some kind of electric pole thing in front of a brick building whose windows have been closed up with concrete. The building seems "dead," but right next to the fire hydrant, weeds grow, beautiful, tall weeds, that make the picture come alive.
The next feature is a Google map outlaying the his suggested walks.
The author does his best to get readers focused, "... New York is a photographer’s city. No matter what your interests, there is something here for you to capture, whether it is the sprawling cityscapes, the old sublime architecture, the futuristic steel and glass towers, the natural beauty of Central Park, or the people and fashions on the street..."
It's a brilliant concept. - Don't just take tourist pictures but go and find what interests YOU.
To aid the process, James Maher gives logistics and safety advice: "... Plan to walk everywhere, but make sure to pace yourself. ... many people who have abused their legs in the first two days and hurt for the rest of the trip... Spread out the big walking days as much as possible... Taxis are easy to flag down wherever you go in New York, but I highly suggest downloading a taxi app like Uber or Lyft for your trip... New York is a city, and you need to be smart about how you carry yourself, particularly if you have a lot of equipment and look like a tourist..."
And, then there are Maher's phenomenal " Best Photography Locations. Maher describes his walks and illustrated them with pictures
"... Head down from the Treehouse the way you came, and walk west to the Mall, the southern end of which is called Literary Walk. Surrounded by rows of American Elm trees, which form a canopy, this is the most important horticultural feature in the park. It is also one of the last remaining stretches of American Elm trees in North America..."
"... Walk west past the Empire State Building and take a detour through Herald Square to the corner of Broadway and 32nd Street for one of the best views of the skyscraper. Walk back to 34th Street to see Macy’s and the incredible crowds of people outside. Continue west while shooting some street photography until you get to your final destination, B& H Photo Video. Explore the mecca of photography, a mammoth block of a store, and try not to spend all of your travel money..."
I had to smile about his thoughtful effort to remind photographers that they could visit B& H Photo Video, too.
This same thoughtfulness is a trademark of the book, which I can recommend to anybody, even somebody who doesn't even own a "real" camera, but wants to find out how to document a visit to New York City best with a cell phone camera.
Just like James Maher's suggested walks, his book's content offers something for everybody, whether the person is interested in architecture, art, graffiti, nature, history... and so much more.
I love this book. It's a keeper and it will even make a nice gift for somebody who is about to visit New York City. Owning this book will guarantee that visitors will create phenomenal keepsakes.
Gisela Hausmann, author & Amazon review expert
This book, like his guided walks, are FULL of tips about locations from all over NYC and, for the price, is a steal! This will definitely be a resource that I use to prepare for my next trip to the City.