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.” — Minolta“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“The most useful travel guides for anyone with a camera.” — Shutterbug’s Outdoor and Nature Photography“Takes the guesswork out of shooting.” — American Way (American Airlines magazine)
PhotoSecrets Austin, first published February 8, 2018. This version output April 21, 2018.
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38 color photography books published.
By Bob Krist
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!”
About Bob Krist
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.
By Andrew Hudson
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!
About Andrew Hudson
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.
The Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge (formerly known simply as the Congress Avenue Bridge) crosses over Lady Bird Lake in Austin, Texas. Before construction of the Longhorn Dam was completed in 1960, the bridge crossed the Colorado River from which Lady Bird Lake is impounded. The bridge was known as the Congress Avenue Bridge from the construction of the first span across the Colorado River at that location in the late 19th century until November 16, 2006, when the Austin City Council renamed the current bridge in honor of Ann W. Richards, the 45th Governor of Texas and a long-term resident of Austin. The bridge is a concrete arch bridge with three southbound and three northbound vehicle lanes and sidewalks on both sides of the bridge.
The bridge is currently home to the world’s largest urban bat colony.
Stevie Ray Vaughan is a statue at Auditorium Shores of the local rock legend. In spite of a short-lived mainstream career spanning seven years, Vaughan was one of the most influential guitarists in the revival of blues in the 1980s.
Born and raised in Dallas, Vaughan dropped out of school and moved to Austin, Texas, which had more liberal and tolerant audiences. He gained fame after his performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1982, and in 1983 his debut studio album, Texas Flood, charted at number 38. The ten- song album was a commercially successful release that sold over half a million copies. After achieving sobriety in late 1986, he headlined concert tours with Jeff Beck in 1989 and Joe Cocker in 1990 before his death in a helicopter crash on August 27, 1990, at the age of 35.
The central dome of the Texas State Capitol is centered by the Texas Star. The central rotunda is a whispering gallery and features portraits of every person who has served as president of the Republic of Texas or governor of the State of Texas.
The Goddess of Liberty stands on top of the Texas State Capitol, holding a Texas star in one hand. The original was removed during renovation in 1985. A new statue, cast of aluminum in molds made from the original zinc statue, was placed on the dome in June 1986. The original statue was restored and is now displayed at the Bullock Texas State History Museum.
Texas State Capitol, 1100 Congress Ave, Austin TX 78701
Heroes of the Alamo features a bronze statue of a Texan holding a muzzle-loader rifle. Erected in 1891, the monument honors those who fought and died at the thirteen-day siege during the Texas Revolution.
Texas African American History Memorial is a sculpture by Ed Dwight erected in 2016. The central portion depicts Juneteenth in Texas: June 19, 1865 when African Americans were freed from the bonds of slavery.
[start]Hood’s Texas Brigade Monument, erected in 1910, is a granite shaft topped with a bronze Confederate soldier. John B. Hood’s Texas Brigade fought in the Army of Northern Virginia between 1861-1865 and participated in many of the Civil War’s most famous battles including Sharpsburg (Antietam) and Gettysburg.
The Tejano Monument, unveiled in 2012, features nine life-size bronze statues by Armando Hinojosa. Tejanos were the Spanish and Mexican explorers and pioneers who began to settle Texas after the Spanish arrival in the 1500s.
1 Statue of Liberty is a bronze miniature of the New York landmark. It was erected 1951 by the Boy Scouts of America and is one of over 20 monuments on the grounds of the Texas State Capitol.
The statue (entitled Liberty Enlightening the World) is a figure of a robed woman representing Libertas, a Roman liberty goddess. She holds a torch above her head with her right hand, and in her left hand carries a tabula ansata inscribed in Roman numerals with “JULY IV MDCCLXXVI” (July 4, 1776), the date of the U.S. Declaration of Independence. A broken chain lies at her feet. The statue is an icon of freedom and of the United States.
The New York statue was a gift from the people of France to the people of the United States in 1886. It was designed by French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and built by Gustave Eiffel.
[start]Ten Commandments is a 1961 monument made from Texas Sunset Red Granite. It is located between the Texas State Capitol and the Supreme Court of Texas.
The Ten Commandments monument was the topic of a 2005 U.S. Supreme Court case, Van Orden v. Perry, in which the display was challenged as unconstitutional. In late June 2005, the Court ruled that the display was not unconstitutional.
3 Capitol Extension Building (Central Court) is a building below ground level, with a four-story open-air inverted rotunda. Opened in 1993, the $75 million, the underground capitol extension doubled the square footage available to capitol occupants.
A large building there would have eliminated the historic north façade and covered what had traditionally been seen as an important public space. Instead, an expansion to the capitol was built beneath the north plaza, connecting to the existing capital underground.
The General Land Office Building, completed in 1857, in Austin, Texas is the oldest surviving state government office building in the city and the first building designed by a university-trained architect.
Texas Star is a sculpture outside the Bullock Texas State History Museum. A single, five-pointed star was first used in 1819 on a pre-revolutionary Texas flag and symbolized Texans’ solidarity in declaring independence from Mexico. The “Lone Star” is a prominent feature on the Flag of Texas and gave rise to the state’s official nickname “The Lone Star State.”
Bullock Texas State Museum, 1800 Congress Ave, Austin TX 78701
Angelina Eberly is a bronze statue that commemorates the “Woman Who Saved Austin.”
In December 1842, Sam Houston ordered the secret removal of the archives of the Republic to safekeeping in Washington-on-the-Brazos. Angelina Belle Peyton Eberly (1798–1860), realizing that the symbols of national government were being removed from the city, fired a six- pound cannon into the General Land Office Building, arousing the town to what they considered theft. The ensuing conflict became known as the Archive War, which was won by the Austinites, preserving Austin as capital of Texas and keeper of the archives.
2 Littlefield Fountain is a World War I memorial monument designed by Italian-born sculptor Pompeo Coppini, located at the entrance to the university’s South Mall. Completed in 1933, the monument is named after university regent and benefactor George W. Littlefield, whose donation paid for its design and construction.
The Statesman Bat Observation Center affords the best place to see Austin’s bats, the world’s largest urban bat colony.
The Center is located southeast of Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge which, during the summer, is home to around one million Mexican free-tailed bats. The bats reside beneath the road deck in gaps between the concrete component structures. They are migratory, spending their summers in Austin and the winters in Mexico. According to Bat Conservation International, between 750,000 and 1.5 million bats reside underneath the bridge each summer. Since Austin’s human population is about 900,000, there are sometimes more bats than people in Austin during summer.
The nightly emergence of the bats from underneath the bridge at dusk, and their flight across Lady Bird Lake primarily to the east, to feed themselves, attract as many as 100,000 tourists annually. Tourists can see the bats from the bridge, from the sides of the river and from boats.
305 S Congress Ave, Austin TX 78704
120 m (380 feet)
Austin American-Statesman’s Bat Observation Center
[start]The Kiss is a bronze statue by local artist Charles Umlauf in the The Umlauf Sculpture Garden. In 1985, Charles and Angeline Umlauf donated their home, studio, and 168 Umlauf sculptures to the City of Austin.
The Contemporary Austin — Laguna Gloria, formerly known as the AMOA-Arthouse at Laguna Gloria, is the former home of Clara Driscoll and site of a 1916 Italianate-style villa on the shores of Lake Austin in Austin, Texas.
700 Congress Ave, Austin TX 78701
30 m (110 feet)
The Contemporary Austin - Laguna Gloria, formerly AMOA-Arthouse
[start]Dinosaur Park in Cedar Creek has a 16-foot tall T. Rex and over 20 other life-size models along a tree-lined nature trail.
893 Union Chapel Rd, Cedar Creek TX 78612
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