Top 5 travel spots according to Gallery

One of my favorite Shutterfly Gallery features is its Search Engine, because it’s a wonderful way for me to take a vacation minus any delays or hassles. For example, did you know that if you select California (at the time I’m writing this), you will find 685 different books you can choose to look at?

But first, let’s go to Alaska. Of the 375 photo books posted to Shutterfly Gallery, I’ve picked a recent posting, “An Evans Alaska” by MicheE. It has a lot going for it, and must be impressive to view in its 12×12 size.

The cover photo has a carefully planned visual perspective and fine composition.

The top photo on page 63 is another good example of this. Are you hoping to visit Alaska? Let this book lead the way.

Italy is another country that just about all of us wants to visit (593 photo books posted). I’ve picked “Mama Mia” by DianeJ305. I love the image on page 15 because it reminds me of the Italy I’ve experienced…

…but I’ve picked a photo that I think (remember this is just my opinion!) would be improved by straightening – the one on page 2. If your imaging software doesn’t include a way to straighten your photos, I’d suggest you download the free Picasa software offered by Google. It can make some amazing improvements to your photos in a very easy and visual way.

Another popular travel destination (according to Shutterfly Gallery) is Hawaii, with 659 books posted. I narrowed the field to the island of Kauai (121 books posted) and decided that “Kauai” by NeilS40 was the one to share with you. Neil has successfully used a design template that demands a close look at the photos used, like the images on pages 2. He’s arranged them so that one photo does not block out important “information” in the second photo.

It surprised me to find 660 books posted on Mexico – what a wealth of goodies available for us to view. I’ll single out two terrific photos from “Mexico March 2009” by MarinaH6. The full page photo on page 6 shows impressive contrast between the cloudy sky and the sun-lit church…

…and the composition and perspective on page 15 says that this is “Not just another beach shot”.

Now, let’s go back to California and my selection from the 685 books available to view on Shutterfly. It is called “California” and is by Rekus. The cover photo is a WOW to me…

…and then the title page (page 1) photo shows such a traffic-filled contrast to the beautiful silhouette that is on the cover. As the author tells us ”Enjoy California with me” and in looking at 168 photos on 78 pages, we can do just that.

Now that you’ve taken my virtual Gallery vacation, how about sharing yours? What travel books in Shutterfly Gallery inspire you?


  1. Joey says

    Wow Earl, what a great article. I love looking at the travel books because I really feel as though I have gone on these destinations with them. Places hat I may never see in my lifetime can be seen through the lens of a photographer. I’ll have to check out the books you mentioned. I also know that your travel books are very inspiring.
    Thanks far sharing this article. When I need a virtual Gallery Vacation (like now due to our freezing temps), I’ll be sure and look up some and take a mini vacation. In fact I might do so now!!

  2. says

    Hi Earl! What a very helpful article – I like purusing the gallery photo books as well, both for the beauty of many and for a chance to “armchair” travel myself, as you suggest! I wanted to thank you for untilizing my Alaska book in your post – I was humbled and flattered at the same time. The picture of Denali was ripe for the picking, however and practically took itself. We had an incredible almost-week’s stretch of beautiful weather that we and many others took royalties with! Thanks again for all the great tips – I’ll check in more often!

  3. BarbaraJ says

    Earl this is a great article. We take so much for granted with Shutterfly and I seam to set back and not really take advantage of all the assets we have at the touch of our mouse. Love this article. I enjoy my vacation book and I have just had my Alaska book published we received it December 24th.

  4. says

    I find myself taking these mini vacations all the time. I seem to find myself lost in the wonderful beach getaways and Disney family fun trips. Nevertheless, some of the best Shutterfly photo book trips I have enjoyed are the ones of the US’s national parks. We have some beautiful country right here in our own back yard.

  5. rupeshred says

    Alaska is a best destination on earth. For holidaying with family and friends, it is situated in the northwest extremity of the North American continent, with Canada to the east, the Arctic Ocean to the north, and the Pacific Ocean to the west and south, with Russia further west across the Bering Strait. With its myriad islands, Alaska has nearly 34,000 miles of tidal shoreline. The Aleutian Islands chain extends west from the southern tip of the Alaska Peninsula. Many active volcanoes are found in the Aleutians. Unimak Island, for example, is home to Mount Shishaldin, which is an occasionally smoldering volcano that rises to 10,000 feet above the North Pacific. It is the most perfect volcanic cone on Earth, even more symmetrical than Japan’s Mount Fuji.

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