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Below are some specific locations you may want to photograph (with many more to come):

Seaside Western Lake

Florida Panhandle: Western Lake on 30A

Along the 30A – a scenic drive along the Gulf of Mexico in the Florida Panhandle – there are a series of coastal dune lakes. One of them, called Western Lake, is particularly photogenic. It is in a protected area, so in addition to just being a scenic spot, there will also be coastal wildlife and vegetation. You might visit any of the picturesque seaside villages, such as Seaside or Rosemary Beach, and include a visit to this lake.

 

El Matador State Beach

Southern California: El Matador State Beach

A beach with nothing but sand is boring. For coastal photography, you want something with some interesting features, like large rocks and boulders. That will provide your pictures with some sort of subject or center of interest. I found such a beach with all sorts of great rock features. It is called El Matador State Beach and it is in Malibu, California.

 
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Ireland: Giant’s Causeway

Along the northern coast of County Antrim in Ireland lies a unique coastal area made up of hexagonal columns called Giant’s Causeway. The strange shape of its rocks has spawned legends among the Irish. It is now one of the top tourist areas in all of Ireland (North or the Republic). It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986. It is worth the trek if you are ever in Ireland, particularly for the photographer.

 

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Ireland: Kylemore Abbey

In the remote western side of Ireland, in a wild region called Connemara, sits an abbey called Kylemore. There is a photogenic castle, and it is an easy place to get a great picture. You can either spend some time touring the castle and grounds, or just stop by to get the shot and move along to the rest of Connemara. Regardless, this is one of those pictures that everyone seems to have. In this article, I will tell you all about it and how to get the shot.

 

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Spain: Ronde de Toledo

For the photographer, Toledo is an absolute wonderland. It is an ancient city, abandoned as the capital before the New World was even discovered. It is so historic the entire town was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. But you don’t even have to go inside the walls of the city to get great shots. Some of the best shots may be of Toledo from across the river. On the other side of the river, there is a road with multiple vantage points overlooking the city. It is so impressive that artists going back to El Greco have sought to capture it. In this article, I will show you some of the best places to capture shots of Toledo.

 

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New York: Brooklyn Bridge Park

Looking to get skyline shots of New York City? Want the Brooklyn Bridge to be a part of that picture? Then look no further than Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Brooklyn Bridge Park is a narrow park that hugs the East River on the Brooklyn side of the bridge. Until a few years ago, the area was dominated by old warehouses and piers. Starting in 2008, however, the area was redeveloped as a park. If you haven’t been to this area in 5 years or so, you won’t recognize it. As the park has developed, shops and restaurants have sprung up, making the whole area much more friendly. You should definitely make it part of your next trip to New York City.

South view from top of Hancock Building or 360 Chicago

Chicago: Hancock Observatory (or 360 Chicago)

On the north side of Chicago’s downtown is a nearly 100 story building in which you can go to the top and take pictures of Chicago’s skyline. The building is called the Hancock Building and the top floor was previously called the Hancock Observatory, but is now called 360 Chicago. True to its new name, you can walk the perimeter of the entire floor and take pictures in any direction. Photographers should definitely plan to visit while in Chicago.

 

Pigeon Point LighthouseCalifornia Coast: Pigeon Point Lighthouse

Along the coastal highway in California, north of Santa Cruz but south of San Francisco, sits a lighthouse. You can see it from miles away. It is actually the tallest lighthouse in California. It is perhaps the most picturesque lighthouse on the western coast of the U.S., and one you should visit if you get the chance. I’ve been there a few times and will show you some of the ways you might photograph it when you get there.

The lighthouse is still active, although it is not manned and tours are not allowed. The buildings around the lighthouse are now a youth hostel, and the grounds are preserved as Pigeon Point Light Station State Historic Park.

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New York: Top of the Rock

Whenever you go to New York, be sure to check out the top of 30 Rockefeller Center in Midtown. It offers the best views of New York. There is a 2 story observation deck with views in every direction. Importantly, you can also get the Empire State Building in your shots. This article tells you what you need to know about getting there, setting up, and shooting.

 

Shot of the Golden Gate Bridge from the Sausalito side of the bridge, near Fort BakerSan Francisco: Photographing the Golden Gate Bridge

There are a variety of different places from which to shoot the Golden Gate Bridge. They are several miles from each other, so knowing where to go can really pay off. Each of them presents very different vantage points and gives you different options for composition and such. Here is an article about the different vantage points for shooting this iconic structure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In addition to these locations, there are a variety of locations guides that have been published on great photography locations/areas. I have compiled a list of books on photographing different locations, which is set forth on this page.