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The Photographer's Guide to Acadia National Park: Where to Find Perfect Shots and How to Take Them Paperback – 10 Mar 2015

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Jerry Monkman is an adventure and conservation photographer and writer, based in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. During the last decade, his photographs have contributed to the conservation of several hundred thousand acres of wilderness across New England. His writings and photographs about New England's wild and noteworthy places have been published by publications around the world, including National Geographic Adventure, Backpacker, Yankee, Down East, Men's Journal, and the Washington Post. He currently lives in Portsmouth, New Hampshire with his wife Marcy and their two children, Acadia and Quinn. Since 1993, Marcy Monkman has managed EcoPhotography, a conservation photography business that she co-founded with her husband, Jerry. She has also co-authored adventure guidebooks and photography books about New England, including Discover Acadia National Park, The Colors of Fall, and The Colors of Fall Road Trip Guide. She currently lives in Portsmouth, New Hampshire with her husband and their two children, Acadia and Quinn.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful guide with fabulous photos 27 May 2012
By susanh - Published on Amazon.com
I found this book in the Visitor Center our first morning at Acadia. I usually don't buy books impulsively, especially if I have to pack them for a flight home, but the photos were so compelling and the text so informative that I couldn't resist. My husband and I took the book with us all over the park. I ended up taking some wonderful photos inspired by the book, such as the view of The Beehive from Sand Beach, and we found the Dorr house ruins ONLY because of this book (nothing on the park map would have led us there).

The book has wonderful detailed information about taking photographs, using filters, tripods, and so on, but I think my favorite feature was the listing of locations for favorite sunrise, sunset, harbor, village, rocky coast, woodland, and mountain summit photos. The main sections of the book are for specific areas: Eastern Mount Desert Island, Western Mount Desert Island, and Beyond Mount Desert Island. There is a numbered map in the front and each place listed in the book shows the corresponding number, a description of the scene, directions to get there, and sometimes tips for photographs. The authors' amazing photos of foggy harbors left me hoping for inclement weather, and happily I got some, along with my own great fog photos. I wish the Monkmans would travel to all the national parks and create a guide for each.

If you enjoy taking photographs, I would highly recommend this book - even if you never go to Acadia National Park. If you ARE planning a trip to Acadia, this will be one of the best investments you make toward having a wonderful experience there. Allow yourself at least five days for the park and surrounding areas. We were there for six, and I was not ready to leave.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Photographers Guide 30 Oct. 2011
By S. Thomas - Published on Amazon.com
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I liked the book a lot and I field tested it when I went to Acadia couple of weeks ago. It helped me a lot with finding locations as we were stressed for time (three day is not enough time to explore Acadia). In that sense the book was fantastic. It also has a lot of photography tips for amateur photographers which I didn't care for that much, I would have preferred geographical coordinates or GPS addresses once can use to find locations instead. We had to use our smart phone to find these locations on the internet and as with the case with most National Parks there were no reception once we entered the park and so that rendered any plan changes impossible. Other than that I really enjoyed the trip and the book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Bruce R. Lovelace "CanonCameraGeek-dot-com" 1 Nov. 2013
By Bruce R. Lovelace - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased this photographer's guide by Jerry and Marcy Monkman at the same time as Acadia: The Complete Guide: Mount Desert Island which I give a 5-star rating to. I was planning a trip to Mount Desert Island (MDI) and wanted to maximize my photographic opportunities during a too-short, only 3-day visit. I had been there 40 years ago as a young boy and needed to plan ahead to get the most from my short visit.

What I liked: The book is very comprehensive and well organized. I like the initial tips on the importance of lighting,depth of field control, and the reminder to shoot a variety of wide view and close-ups. The information boxes at the beginning of each chapter were very helpful, giving such tips as best time to photograph, facilities, parking, and specific sites within each geographic area.

The map with numbered spots, correlated with information for each specific location, was a great time saver. The variety of what can be captured; the mountain vistas, the lakes, the ocean, the rocks, the waterfalls,the wildlife, the vegetation, was covered well.

My visit was limited to MDI and not the other areas of Acadia National Park, which this book does a good job of covering also. So, 20% of the book was not valuable to me, but is a good resource if you are visiting the areas of Acadia National Park that are not on MDI.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Can use quite a few improvements 16 Sept. 2014
By asarkar - Published on Amazon.com
This book can use quite a few improvements:

1) The information in the book is presented in the form of a narrative. That means that you can't use the book as a reference and find a piece of information quickly unless you've highlighted it previously or worse, read through the whole chronicle. A more efficient approach would be to open each destination with it's driving distance from the nearest town, if hiking required the difficulty of doing so and best time to photograph.
2) The book lacks detail and at times, crams several hot spots into one section. For example, the ocean drive is a 2-mile stretch of coastline that perhaps is one of the most photographed area in Acadia. The book devotes one section to it, with several hot spots like "Boulder Beach" and "Monument Cove" just mentioned in passing. I'd have liked to see these spots broken down and listed in the table of contents.
3) The book offers "pro tips" which're anything but "pro". How to get proper exposure on a foggy day, how to do HDR or benefits of saving images to a hard drive every night adds little value to a guide book. I understand that the book is targeted towards a broad audience but come on...it's not named "Acadia for Dummies". Keeping it focused on what it's supposed to be, which's a guide book, would make it concise and more useful.
4) There's no index which means if you're looking for a certain hot spot, you'll have to thumb through the whole section, that is if you know which section to dig into.
5) The "favorites" at the end could be replaced with what is known as a "reverse index". Essentially, a table that lists hot spots in a column and lists the distance from the nearest town, photographic value, hiking difficulty (if required) and best time to photograph. I had to take extensive notes because the book lacks to mention in one place the best locations to be during golden light, or on a foggy day. I'd have liked to see an exhaustive list instead of just "favorites"; favorites could be marked with an asterisk or something like that.

To be fair, this book does have some beautiful pictures and you can complement it with some (significant) online research and come up with a decent itinerary. Point is, that doesn't justify paying for a "photographer's guide" in the first place. Too bad this is the only piece of literature about photographing such a beautiful place.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Rehash 24 Aug. 2012
By ray520 - Published on Amazon.com
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Basically a rehash of the Acadia portion of a Photographer's Guide to the Maine Coast which was a more informative book. Was disappointed in the places mentioned and the directions to some of the places were difficult to follow.
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