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Grand Prize in the National Self-Published Book Awards
Benjamin Franklin Award for Best First Book
Best Travel Guide, Benjamin Franklin Awards finalist
“Impressive in its presentation and abundance of material.”
— National Geographic Traveler
“PhotoSecrets books are an invaluable resource for photographers.”
— Nikon School of Photography
“One of the best travel photography books we’ve ever seen.”
“Guides you to the most visually distinctive places to explore with your camera.”
— Outdoor Photographer
“This could be one of the most needed travel books ever published!”
— San Francisco Bay Guardian
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— Shutterbug’s Outdoor and Nature Photography
“Takes the guesswork out of shooting.”
— American Way (American Airlines magazine)
PhotoSecrets Park Güell, first published May 3, 2016. This version output April 21, 2018.
Curated, coded and designed by Andrew Hudson. Copyright © Andrew Hudson for PhotoSecrets (Photo Tour Books, Inc.). Photos, text and maps copyrights are listed in the credits section.
“‘And what is the use of a book,’ thought Alice ‘without pictures or conversations?’”
— Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
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A great travel photograph, like a great news photograph, requires you to be in the right place at the right time to capture that special moment. Professional photographers have a short-hand phrase for this: “F8 and be there.”
There are countless books that can help you with photographic technique, the “F8” portion of that equation. But until now, there’s been little help for the other, more critical portion of that equation, the “be there” part. To find the right spot, you had to expend lots of time and shoe leather to wander around, track down every potential viewpoint, and essentially re-invent the wheel.
In my career as a professional travel photographer, well over half my time on location is spent seeking out the good angles. Andrew Hudson’s PhotoSecrets does all that legwork for you, so you can spend your time photographing instead of wandering about. It’s like having a professional location scout in your camera bag. I wish I had one of these books for every city I photograph on assignment.
PhotoSecrets can help you capture the most beautiful sights with a minimum of hassle and a maximum of enjoyment. So grab your camera, find your favorite PhotoSecrets spots, and “be there!”
Bob Krist has photographed assignments for National Geographic, National Geographic Traveler, Travel/Holiday, Smithsonian, and Islands. He won “Travel photographer of the Year” from the Society of American Travel Writers in 1994, 2007, and 2008.
For National Geographic, Bob has led round-the-world tours and a traveling lecture series. His book In Tuscany with Frances Mayes spent a month on The New York Times’ bestseller list and his how-to book Spirit of Place was hailed by American Photographer magazine as “the best book about travel photography we’ve ever read.”
The parents of three sons, Bob and his wife live in New Hope, Pennsylvania.
Thank you for reading PhotoSecrets. As a fellow fan of travel and photography, I hope this guide will help you quickly find the most visually stunning places, and come home with equally stunning photographs.
PhotoSecrets is designed to show you all the best sights. Flick through, see the classic shots, and use them as a departure point for your own creations. Get ideas for composition and interesting viewpoints. See what piques your interest. Know what to shoot, where to stand, when to go, and why it’s interesting. Now you can spend less time researching and more time photographing.
The idea for PhotoSecrets came during a trip to Thailand, when I tried to find the exotic beach used in the James Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun. None of the guidebooks I had showed a picture, so I thought a guidebook of postcard photos would be useful for us photographers. Twenty-plus years later, you have this guide. Thanks!
Now, start exploring — and take lots of photos!
Originally an engineer, Andrew Hudson started PhotoSecrets in 1995. His first book won the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best First Book and his second won the Grand Prize in the National Self-Published Book Awards.
Andrew has published 38 nationally-distributed photography books. He has photographed assignments for Macy’s, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Men’s Health and Seventeen, and been a location scout for Nikon. His photos and articles have appeared in Alaska Airlines, National Geographic Traveler, Shutterbug Outdoor and Nature photography, Where, and Woman’s World.
Andrew has a degree in Computer Engineering from Manchester University and a certificate in copyright law from Harvard Law School. Born in Redditch, England, he lives with his wife, two kids, and two chocolate Labs, in San Diego, California.
At a Glance
|Far:||4 km (2.6 miles) from center of Barcelona|
Antoni Gaudí’s naturalist architecture from 1900–1914 adorns this park with decorative and mythological surprises.
Grand stairway leading to the hall and terrace.
The four bars representing Catalonia and a serpent head.
|Look:||North-northwest ↑||Far:||4 m (13 feet)|
Porticos flanking the grand staircase.
|Look:||West ←||Far:||5 m (16 feet)|
|AKA:||Porxo dels Carruatges|
Doric columns support the roof of the lower court.
Gaudí’s unique tiled mosaics on the ceiling.
Spiral two-story ramp with columns.
|Look:||West ←||Far:||20 m (66 feet)|
|AKA:||Rampa i Casa Larrard|
An undulating bench.
|Look:||South ↓||Far:||40 m (140 feet)|
An undulating bench in the shape of a sea serpent, covered with tile-shard mosaic planned by Josep Jujol.
A retaining wall finished with large capitals made to look like palm trees.
Two buildings at the entrance — Warden’s House and Porter’s Lodge (with spire).
|Look:||South-southeast ↓||Far:||20 m (66 feet)|
West (tall) pavilion.
|Look:||South-southeast ↓||Far:||40 m (140 feet)|
A mosaic sign for Park Güell.
|Look:||Northwest ↖||Far:||10 m (33 feet)|
West (tall) pavilion.
|Look:||South-southeast ↓||Far:||40 m (120 feet)|
West (tall) pavilion.
East (short) pavilion.
|Look:||East →||Far:||17 m (56 feet)|
|AKA:||Casa del Guarda|
Colonnaded footpath under the roadway viaduct, with external columns sloping to take the diagonal thrust from the vault supporting the road.
|Look:||West-southwest ←||AKA:||Pòrtic de la Bugadera|
Supports the rising pathway.
|Look:||West-northwest ←||Far:||4 m (13 feet)|
|AKA:||Viaducte dels Enamorats|
Pathway past columns.
Gaudí’s family home from 1906 to 1925 and now a museum, built by Francesc Berenguer in 1904.
|Look:||West ←||Far:||9 m (30 feet)|
|AKA:||Casa Museu Gaudí, La Torre Rosa||Wik:|
|Look:||East →||Far:||12 m (39 feet)|
|AKA:||Monumento al Calvario|
One of two houses in Park Güell, for lawyer Martí Trias i Domènech.
|Look:||North-northeast ↑||Far:||26 m (85 feet)|
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