Diving the World: Photographs by Norbert Wu

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Preeminent photographer Norbert Wu travels to the ends of the earth to showcase an array of dive spots including reefs, wrecks, caves, and drifts. Here are schooling hammerheads and spawning corals, curious sea creatures and dense kelp forests, captured in breathtaking full color photographs. Ken McAlpine’s commentary outlines each locale's geography and choice dive sites, the best seasons to explore specific areas, and ideal times and places to see favorite species and extraordinary behaviors. Also included are ...
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Overview

Preeminent photographer Norbert Wu travels to the ends of the earth to showcase an array of dive spots including reefs, wrecks, caves, and drifts. Here are schooling hammerheads and spawning corals, curious sea creatures and dense kelp forests, captured in breathtaking full color photographs. Ken McAlpine’s commentary outlines each locale's geography and choice dive sites, the best seasons to explore specific areas, and ideal times and places to see favorite species and extraordinary behaviors. Also included are topside tips for the nondiver and current preservation issues related to the sea and its inhabitants. Beautifully packaged and produced, this impressive coffee-table book of 350 color photographs and maps appeals to diving enthusiasts, naturalists, conservationists, boaters, and anyone captivated by the sea.
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BBC Wildlife Magazine
As much as any collection of still images can, this book takes you there. Norbert Wu has dived the world, and here are the pictures to prove it - and to make you want to do the same....Ken McAlpine's text combines nature facts with diving lore and insider knowledge and does a capable job of supporting the images, which deservedly hog the limelight.
Islands Magazine
To put it in a nutshell, once you own Diving the World you'll never need to buy—or even examine—another pictures-and-text volume about the undersea world.

Wu's photographs are remarkable in every way, especially in the photographer's precise presentation of detail: Whether's it's the most complex coral formation or the best-camoulflaged bottom dweller, Wu's subjects are brilliantly depicted. McAlpine's text also deserves special applause. Far from the usual throwaway captions that accompany books like this, his is a thoughtful, intriguing, informed commentary that goes beyond what's pictured on the page.

Sport Diver Magazine
Diving the World provides crucial information for the traveling diver to over 30 locations around the world. Beautifully illustrated and packed full of must-dive destinations, it is an excellent guide for finding your new favorite locale.
Undercurrent Magazine
Diving the World is a whopper of a new book by Norbert Wu, one of the world's preeminent underwater photographers....Ken McAlpine's colorful and informative text provides an honest appraisal of everything a serious diver needs to know along Wu's photographic journey: the best seasons for diving, unique aspects of the geography and sea life found, popular dive destinations within a specific locale, suggestions for getting there, the best time and places for extraordinary species and behaviors, as well as topside tips....Wu has the unique ability to capture the mood and personality - whether whimsical or fearsome - of his subjects....This is a splendid book, a must for every serious diver and a great prize for anyone on your holiday gift list.
Library Journal
Undoubtedly one of the finest underwater photographers in the world, with credits in National Geographic and Audubon, Wu showcases his abilities to dazzling effect here. The 400-plus color photos transport readers to some of the most exotic and popular scuba diving areas in the world-including Antarctica, the Red Sea, the Caribbean, and the Gal pagos Islands-while McAlpine's text describes them, addressing ecological problems and, in some cases, progress. The richness of photographs and text combined makes this reviewer want to pack her gear and head out right now. There are only two drawbacks. First, the book omits large parts of the divable world: South Africa and the U.S. Atlantic coast north of Florida. Further, the book is of coffee-table size and weight, which makes it difficult to recommend to libraries. That said, this is still highly recommended to all those who enjoy diving and underwater photography.-Margaret A. Rioux, MBL/W HOI Lib., Woods Hole, MA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780883635100
  • Publisher: Levin, Hugh Lauter Associates
  • Publication date: 9/15/2003
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 10.98 (w) x 12.82 (h) x 1.73 (d)

Meet the Author

Ken McAlpine
Ken McAlpine

Ken McAlpine is an award-winning travel writer and the author of Off Season: Discovering America on Winter’s Shore. His work work has appeared in Sports Illustrated, Outside, Reader’s Digest, and the Los Angeles Times. He lives with his family in Ventura, California.

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