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The 50 Greatest Photo Opportunities in New York City Paperback – 10 Jan 2009

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Delmar (10 Jan. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598637991
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598637991
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 15.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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This could and should have been a terrific book, a tourist's guide for photographers. However, apart from a few tips about which venues allow tripods and which don't, there's actually very little here that you couldn't get from a regular tourist guide.

Even worse than the lack of information is the lack of inspiration, the photographs in the book just aren't very good. And if these are the fruits of the writer's inside knowledge, then you'd be better off asking a taxi driver or the concierge at your hotel where to go for a great photograph!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Photographing the Big Apple 8 April 2009
By Conrad J. Obregon - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is a simple book that proved a pleasant surprise.

This book of places to photograph includes chapters on New York City's architecture, city life, events, urban oasis and secret NYC. There is an appendix that shows which of the places to visit based on weather and time of day. A typical entry is Brighton Beach. The entry started out with an indication of weather conditions and time of day for best shooting. This is followed by a description of the place, a suggestion for the kind of photographs to shot, including any special equipment that will prove useful, and ends with instructions on how to get to the place by public transportation. Each entry includes a few photographs taken by the author. (For non-New Yorkers, Brighton Beach is a neighborhood, not just a beach, and the author's suggestions include photographing in the neighborhood's restaurants.)

It's always useful to have a guide when shooting in a new place. My own preference is a friend who lives in the area but friends often have a limited view of what might interest a photographer and, of course, you may not have a friend in the area. I usually try to research a new place, including looking at books and on-line for the way other folks have taken photos. A guide book like this can prove useful.

On the other hand, I often wonder if I am going to go some place where I'm going to find specific holes in the ground in which to place my tripod legs. I can remember an evening shoot at Tunnel View in Yosemite where 18 photographers were lined up side by side with crossed tripod legs. The best picture from the shoot was an image of the line-up of photographers! And yet there are iconic shots that a photographer has to capture, even if one can purchase the same shot from a nearby rack of postcards. Architecture in particular often does not offer opportunities for the photographer to impress his vision on the image. Thus, for the IAC building in Manhattan, which was designed by architect Frank Geary, Diallo could only tell me to stand in the same places as I had already discovered myself. On the other hand many visitors to the city might not even have realized that this subject existed. For the Empire State Building, his suggestion to shoot from the third floor of the Rockefeller Center observation deck where, unlike the lower decks, there are no glass partitions, can be a real time saver.

Other then architecture, the other chapters of the book suggest places to go that are less iconic, but provide greater opportunities for the photographer to impress his vision on the image. Even long time natives might not think of shooting the tango dancers in Central Park, or the Hudson River Tug Boat Race, or the Conservatory Garden in Central Park or the Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens.

Even if the book only helps a photographer to get one memorable picture of the "Big Apple" that he or she would not otherwise make, this book is probably a worthwhile investment for the photographer visiting New York.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Good directions, mediocre photos 25 Mar. 2009
By a reader - Published on
Format: Paperback
This guide has very good, practical information on where to go and how to get there (at least judging from reading it only!): it names what means of transport to take to specific shooting opportunities. The pictures in the book were a bit of a surprise, however: I had expected the best shots of a professional photographer, but instead they spoke not to me. I am not sure why.

I bought this book to help me plan my free "photo time" during a business trip to NYC, and I think I will help just fine with that. However, as a source of inspiration, it could have done better.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great NYC photo op book for photographers of all levels 13 Mar. 2009
By Sue Jenkins - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book has a such wide appeal that everyone from the vacationer and amateur photographer to the serious hobbyist and professional photographer will love this book. It's pages are loaded with full color photographs to illustrate what you might find in each of the 50 photo op locals, each carefully labeled with focal length, ISO, aperture, shutter speed, month of the year, and time of day.

The book is divided into five chapters devoted to photo-worthy sites in the city's Architecture, City Life, Events, Urban Oasis, and (my favorite) Secret NYC. In each chapter you'll find tips on shooting like a pro, suggestions for photo gear, and a plan for taking photos. You'll also discover when to shoot (ie, dawn, morning, afternoon), learn a little more about what you're shooting, suggestions on how to take the shot, and directions on how to get there by bus, subway, and foot.

Whether you're new to New York City or have lived there some or all your life, this book encourages and inspires the photographer in everyone to capture at the greatest city in the world in a brand new way. Bravo!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A must for New York City tourists who value photography as their hobby 17 July 2009
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
Format: Paperback
There are few cities more photogenic than New York. "The 50 Greatest Photo Opportunities in New York City" is a guide for the photo taker who plans on visiting the Big Apple with camera in hand. Pointing out the most captivating views one can find throughout the city, from pieces of natural beauty to gorgeous skylines, author Amadou Diallo has created the perfect companion to more traditional travel guides. "The 50 Greatest Photo Opportunities in New York City" is a must for New York City tourists who value photography as their hobby.
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Perfect! 20 Aug. 2009
By C. Deputy - Published on
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I figured I would have to drudge through dozens of websites to get half the information that was available in this book. Very specific regarding location, time of day, and even camera settings. Everything I needed to know. Saved several hours, if not days, of research.
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