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The Practice of Contemplative Photography: Seeing the World with Fresh Eyes

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  • Posted June 14, 2013

    Learn to see - a necessary skill for photography

    This book is not for the beginner. It is for the photographer who has his or her technology basics down cold, and is struggling to find the scene to photograph. This book is especially appropriate for photographers who do not have an art background (all of us engineers and scientists, we are creators, but not on the art side). This book works with you to feel and see the scene before you shoot it.

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  • Posted October 5, 2012

    A "must read" for anyone wanting to expand their photographic vision

    I really like this book a lot. I just started reading it and I like the approach for creating well focused and "clean" images with intention and thought. My images always seem to gravitate towards the "whole" picture and I want to be able to produce images that have more focus and intention. I like all the example photographs throughout the book which illustrate the point well. I'm looking forward to doing the assignments given in the book so that I too can create images that have a clear message.
    The book is well written and is clearly the result of many years of experience.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2012

    Highly recommend to photographers who see what they do as an art!

    Excellent! Open my eyes to the photography I shoot!I am reading/studying the second time. I even use for reference book.

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  • Posted June 8, 2011

    Wide Awake, captured

    Just occasionally one comes across an arresting spate of beauty that shocks. There are photographs here that do just that. Some transport me back to the heady raw wakefulness experienced after a first long retreat (pp. 117 & 174); another is arresting by virtue of its stunning classicism (p.153), another evokes contemplative peacefulness (p.182). I could go on.

    It is refreshing to discover photos that awaken. A wonderful book.

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  • Posted May 8, 2011

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    Gorgeously illustrated and quietly instructive...very useful

    One doesn't have to have a special camera, nor be a professional photographer. One does have to see. The idea proposed here is that we look and not excite ourselves with the notion of capture, but be still enough to recognize what is ready to be captured. Laid out in a series of exercises, this book leads one through ways of seeing. An exercise is suggested, then the authors or their students present their photos as examples of the exercise completed. The author stresses that these photos not be modified or arranged or designed--that their freshness is dependent upon lack of contrivance.

    A calm descends midway through the book, when we realize that there are an infinite number of perceptions to be captured. One just has to be still enough to see. The authors kindly guide us through the means by which we can make our equipment match our perception by our understanding the technical requirements of our camera. Most importantly we recognize that we all can see, if only we would.

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