Top 100 Iconic Locations: Southeast Quadrant

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Ocean Drive 
Miami Beach, Florida, USA
GPS Coordinates:
25° 46′ 41.07″ N
80° 07′ 51.90″ W
Microsoft® Virtual Earth™:
LAT 25.778074999999900
LON -80.131083333333300
Ocean Drive is a stretch of oceanside road in Miami Beach known for its Art Deco hotels and buildings that line the promenade and become neon pieces of art at night. A center of fashion and shopping, this is the place to get the defining shot of South Beach. One of the most photographed places on the strip is the Colony Hotel, which lights up as a neon blue structure, with the other buildings around it lit in green and red neon. Shooting from the sand with a slow exposure on a tripod at night, you can capture cars streaming by, with palm trees and the Art Deco buildings in the background.

Ding Darling National Wildlife
Refuge 
Fort Meyers, Florida, USA
GPS Coordinates:
26° 28′ 07.68″ N
82° 08′ 40.59″ W
Microsoft® Virtual Earth™:
LAT 26.468799999999900
LON -82.144608333333300

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Venice Rookery 
Venice, Florida, USA
GPS Coordinates:
27° 02′ 42.27″ N
82° 23′ 56.22″ W
Microsoft® Virtual Earth™:
LAT 27.045075000000000
LON -82.398950000000000

French Quarter
 
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
GPS Coordinates:
29° 57′ 36.97″ N
90° 03′ 37.01″ W
Microsoft® Virtual Earth™:
LAT 29.960825000000000
LON -90.064447222222200

 

Continuous shooting
Try shooting brief bursts instead of single frames when dealing with action subjects. Shooting bursts will increase your chances of capturing that perfect moment in that deer’s leap or that bird’s wing position. The EOS 5D excels at action photography and can shoot at 3 fps for up to 17 RAW or 60 Large Fine JPEGs. For more on the EOS 5D, click here.

 

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse 
North Carolina, USA
GPS Coordinates:
35° 15′ 03.10″ N
75°31′ 45.34″ W
Microsoft® Virtual Earth™:
LAT 35.250938888888800
LON -75.529261111111100

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Dolly Sods Wilderness 
West Virginia, USA
GPS Coordinates:
38° 59′ 45″ N
79° 22′ 5″ W
Microsoft® Virtual Earth™:
LAT 38.995833333333300
LON -79.368055555555500

 

Be a photo journalist
Go beyond photography and carry a journal or audio recorder to make observations along the way. Take notes about ideas for shots at a different time of day, scout locations, and note details about the shots you take and the people you meet. All of this is terrific reference when you get home, and can help you organize your shots, or prepare a dialogue to accompany a slide show or custom photo book.