Photographic Hot Spots On An East Cost US Road Trip

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New York 2012

America’s East Coast is home to some of the country’s most photographed locations, from New York, where every street corner is like a still from a film, to the immense political architecture of Washington D.C. If you’re thinking of taking a trip down this side of the country and you’re looking for the best locations for collecting memorable images of your trip, then here are some photographic hot spots to look out for.

Boston is without doubt one of the highlights of America’s East coast, with its numerous historic buildings, pretty parks and coastal vistas. The Boston Tea Party ships are moored at a reconstructed version of Griffins Wharf and offer insight into a turning point in the city (and the country’s) history in one single shot, particularly when populated by re-enactors in period costume. The Old City Hall, Copps Hill Burial Ground and the numerous historic churches across the city are also bathed in interesting events in America’s timeline and distinct architectural styles.

Just outside the city is the gorgeous Walden Pond, more than 250,000 square miles of mirror like water reflecting the sky, or to capture another very well known part of America’s history head to nearby Salem and the ghoulish Witch House.

New York is one of those places that is simply a photographer’s dream, with even a simple yellow taxicab causing cameras to be whipped out. The Empire State Building, The Statue of Liberty, Central Park (and Central Perk…!), 5th Avenue, Times Square, and the Rockefeller Center are just some of the buildings that will have you reaching for your camera. And then there are the other city landmarks that we all want to capture for posterity – Carrie Bradshaw’s Brownstone, Ghostbusters HQ, The Seinfeld diner, the Breakfast at Tiffany’s apartment building and the Fame Music High School are just a few of the very famous locations in the city.

Washington, DCWashington D.C. is the political capital of America and as such there are some pretty recognisable sights here that make perfect photo fodder. The White House, the Washington Monument, Union Station and Rock Creek Park are some of the city’s most famous and most photographed sights. Those with a particularly keen interest in law and politics might also be interested in seeing the Supreme Court, Capitol Hill and the Ellipse. To take home some images of a different side of Washington, head for the C&O Canal on the north bank of the Potomac River, one of the most impressive surviving examples of the American canal building era.

If you’re looking for swathes of natural sea swept beauty and wide-open spaces for your photo album then Maine on the northeast coast is the state in which to find it. The Arcadia National Park is located in this part of America, a fascinating series of islands off the eastern Atlantic coast populated with all sorts of wildlife, such as moose, beaver, bobcats and black bears. Maine also has four of the US’s National Scenic Byways or All-American Roads, of which there are only 120 in the country, and the name should be a clue as to how many scenic shots there are to snap here. Then there are the famous Maine lighthouses – you can’t truly photograph the East Coast without capturing one of these.

If you’re travelling to the East Coast of America then these photographic hot spots are a must see. Whether you want to capture the wilds of Maine or America’s political jungle, you won’t be short of subjects for your pictures.

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Amy Sawyer is a freelance travel feature writer working with Alamo USA.





Great Ideas For Creating Photo Books

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Using printing services it’s possible to have all kinds of custom gifts made for your friends and loved ones and to come up with something that’s entirely unique and more creative and sentimental than anything you’d buy in a shop. At the same time, if you use printing services you can of course make things for yourself that will equally be sentimental and nice little reminders of time gone by.

One of the most creative things you can make though this way is a photo book – which is essentially a photo album but where the images are printed onto the page rather than just fed into plastic sleeves. This gives you much more creative freedom than you would have with a photo album as you aren’t restricted to the rigid grid structure, and at the same time it allows you to incorporate other images and writing which will mean you can include annotations and notes. Of course it’s also very handy for those of us who have lots of digital photos and don’t want to have to print them out.

While photo books have these many advantages however, many of us unfortunately still think of them in terms of the way they used to be – and find it hard to think outside the confines of a photo album. Here you have an opportunity to do something much more creative should you want to, and this means that you can make a much nicer gift or trinket. Here are some ideas to make your photo books more interesting.

Telling Stories

For most of us a photo album is a memory of a specific point in time – somewhere to put the pictures from an event such as a wedding or a holiday. However with photo books you are freer to use photos from throughout time and this means you can use them to tell a story – and what better story than one of your life? A great birthday gift for someone is a photo book that tells the story of their life, starting with pictures of them as a baby in the cot, progressing through childhood and then moving on to adulthood. This way you can show all the highlights of their time on this Earth and it can be a great way for them to reminisce.

Of course there are other similar stories you can tell in this manner too. Why not for instance make a story of your relationship with someone starting with images from the day you met, and moving through all the nice things you’ve probably done together? This is a great romantic gift for a partner. Likewise a great leaving gift for someone who is leaving work, Uni or town, and this way you can give them a selection of pictures of your times together to remember you by.

Finally, why not make up a story? Using images you source from various places, captions that you’ve added, and a bit of imagination, you can make a funny gift that will make them smile and that will have shown a lot of creativity and thought.

Lisa Robinson is an avid photographer who suggests you to checkout personalised calendars 2013 from www.vistaprint.co.uk

Wild Flower Seed Head

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You know Autumn is closing in when you see lovely flower seed heads like this.

I came across this lovely seedhead when I was out walking my dog with my husband almost two weeks ago on our Canadian Thanksgiving weekend here in Toronto.

We were at a local park that we often go to for long hikes with our Labrador Retriever. It was late in the afternoon and the sun was bright and low in the sky. I saw the seed head with the sun shining behind it and knew I had to take a photo. I hope that you appreciate it’s simple beauty as much as I do.

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A cluster of irises

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I couldn’t resist posting just one more photo of my favorite iris. Of course these flowers are long gone … they bloomed in the second week of April in my Toronto garden and were gone only a few days later … but this picture and other photos I took of them will make them last forever.

What’s your favorite spring flower?