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A photo guide to Cape Cod -
with GPS coordinates!

Posted by Teresa Hanafin  September 17, 2012 01:49 PM

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Bass Hole Walkway
Photo by Arnold J. Kaplan

Everybody likes to take great photos at scenic locales, but sometimes it's hard to know exactly where to go to get that fantastic shot that's going to end up framed over your fireplace, given as a treasured gift, or - hopefully! - sold at a show.

Well, now you don't have to worry about finding wonderful scenes on Cape Cod: We heard from a RAW friend, Arnold Kaplan, about his new guidebook to taking photos of some of the best scenes on the Cape.

What's all the more remarkable about this project is that Arnold is 96 years old! He also wrote the guidebook "How to Find and Photograph Photo Scenics In Vermont", and has been taking photos for more than 80 years. He was awarded the high honor of "Associate" (APSA) by the Photographic Society of America in 1974, and two years later, was awarded the title of "Artiste" (AFIAP) by the Photographic International de L'Art in Europe for outstanding achievement in photo education, photo exhibitions, and skill as a photographer.

He writes:

I've come up with the first and only guidebook of its kind for Cape Cod photographers and tourists. If you have a GPS (Global Positioning System) unit for your car or smartphone for personal use, you can use this book to visit or photograph 47 of the most picturesque areas on Cape Cod.

BookCoverOpt.jpgThe scenes are shown on separate pages, each with a photo and description, plus the GPS coordinates. Type those into your GPS unit or smartphone and they will take you, street by street, turn by turn, right to the photo scene or nearest area. No more following written directions, or asking for directions, or reading maps. It saves time, mileage, and gasoline.

The guidebook covers the most popular attractions, such as beaches, golf courses, museums, playhouses, country stores, glass-blowing, whale-watching, and more.

The book is my "baby"; it took nine months of research and writing to finish. I traveled to every scene and noted the GPS coordinates, getting as close to the actual scene as possible, wrote a description of the scene, and photographed it. I then checked the GPS coordinates by using them again to make sure they would take me back to the photo scene.

The book is pocket-sized, 5-1/2" by 8-1/2” with a soft cover so that it will fit in your pocket or camera bag. It has 72 pages, crammed with solid information about Cape Cod for visiting photographers or tourists.


The GPS Guide Book is priced at $19.95, plus $1.70 for postage (for a total of $21.65). Order via PayPal using Arnold's PayPal ID: or mail a personal check made out to Arnold Kaplan at 236 Nottingham Drive, Centerville, MA 02632. Please include your e-mail address no matter how you order the book.

RAW photographers can contact Arnold at for more information.

Here's a list of the Cape locations included in Arnold's book:

Woods Hole, Audubon Reserve, Nobska Lighthouse, Uncle Tim’s Bridge, Falmouth Harbor, Wellfleet Harbor, Craigville Beach, Cape Cod Lighthouse, Hyannis Harbor, Cottage Row, JFK Memorial Park, McMillan Wharf, Baxter Grist Mill, Provincetown, Judah Baker Windmill, Pilgrim Monument, Bass River, Stoney Brook Grist Mill, Wychmere Harbor, Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, Chatham Lighthouse, Drummer Boy Park Windmill, Chatham Fish Pier, Sesuit Harbor, Orleans Windmill, Bass Hole, Rock Harbor, Wharf Lane, Fort Hill, Cape Playhouse Park, 1st Encounter Beach, Barnstable Harbor, Cape Cod National Seashore Center, Scudder Lane, 3 Sisters Lighthouses, St. Mary’s Church Gardens, Eastham Windmill, Sandy Neck, Coast Guard Station, Heritage Gardens, Nauset Lighthouse, Sandwich Boardwalk, White Cedar Swamp, Dexter Grist Mill, and the Cape Cod Canal.

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