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A Photographer’s Guide

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Golden Gate Park
A Photographer’s Guide
Andrew Hudson


Amazarasti-No HotokeAllie Caulfield/Flickr

Golden Gate Park

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M.H. de Young Memorial MuseumCliff/Flickr
Japanese Tea GardenCatchaSnap/Shutterstock
Pagoda at the Japanese Tea GardenJacky_oh_yeah/Flickr
Steinhart AquariumTelmo32/Flickr
Conservatory of FlowersWolfmansf/Wikipedia
Diana statue at M.H. de Young Memorial MuseumAllie Caulfield/Flickr
Koi Pond at the Japanese Tea GardenCaroline Culler/Wikipedia
Moon Bridge at the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate ParkJPL Designs/Shutterstock
Stow Lake BridgePatrick G/Flickr
Huntington FallsDavid Ohmer/Flickr
Kezar Stadium ColumnsSharon Mollerus/Flickr
Rainforests of the WorldThedailynathan/Wikipedia
Apple Cider PressKetrin1407/Flickr
Francis Scott Key MonumentDoug Kerr/Flickr
Golden Gate Park CarouselJoe Mabel/Wikipedia
Padre Junipero SerraCliff/Flickr
Phoebe Hearst FountainDoug Kerr/Flickr
Pioneer MotherEd Uthman/Flickr
Redwood TrailShebs/Wikipedia
Spreckels Temple of MusicJoe Mabel/Wikipedia
Thomas Starr KingCliff/Flickr
AIDS Memorial GroveAraceli Pulido/Flickr
California Academy of SciencesWolfmansf/Wikipedia
General PershingCliff/Flickr
Goethe-Schiller MonumentCliff/Flickr
John McLarenMatt Baume/Flickr
Kezar Stadium ArchDarek Truesdale/Wikipedia
McBean Wildfowl Pond and Primitive Plant GardenThe Berkbotanist/Wikipedia
Miguel de Cervantes MemorialPetebobb/Wikipedia
Queen Wilhelmina Tulip GardenTrace Nietert/Flickr
Robert EmmetDavid/Flickr
San Francisco Botanical GardenGardens and Flowers/Flickr


Map of Golden Gate Park


About PhotoSecrets



A great travel 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 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. 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.


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 views, and use them as a departure point for your own creations. Flick through, enjoy the photos, and see which places inspire you. Get comp­osition ideas, lighting tips, and a brief history. It’ll be like traveling with a location scout and a pro-photo­grapher by your side.

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. If you have any ides for improvements, please send me an email at

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 15 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

Name:Golden Gate Park
GPS:37.76972, -122.47694
City:San Francisco
Area:1,017 acres
Visitors:13 million (2011)
Fame:20 percent larger than Central Park in New York
U.S. National Register of Historic Places
U.S. Historic district
Architects:William Hammond Hall, John McLaren, Calvert Vaux

Golden Gate Park, located in San Francisco, California, United States, is a large urban park consisting of 1,017 acres (412 ha) of public grounds. It is administered by the San Francisco Recreation & Parks Department, which began in 1871 to oversee the development of Golden Gate Park. Configured as a rectangle, it is similar in shape but 20 percent larger than Central Park in New York, to which it is often compared. It is over three miles (4.8 km) long east to west, and about half a mile (0.8 km) north to south. With 13 million visitors annually, Golden Gate is the fifth most-visited city park in the United States after Central Park in New York City, Lincoln Park in Chicago, and Balboa and Mission Bay Parks in San Diego.


















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