Inner Game of Outdoor Photography

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“Photographs as timeless, as stunning, and as powerful as nature itself.”—Tom Brokaw
In this renowned guide to capturing the outdoor world on film, Galen Rowell, the master of nature and adventure photography, reveals the art, craft, and philosophy behind his world-famous images. Now available in paperback for the first time, this groundbreaking work remains both an inspired manual to taking better pictures and an inspiring journey of discovery into the creative process. In more than 140 color photographs and 66 ...

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Overview

“Photographs as timeless, as stunning, and as powerful as nature itself.”—Tom Brokaw
In this renowned guide to capturing the outdoor world on film, Galen Rowell, the master of nature and adventure photography, reveals the art, craft, and philosophy behind his world-famous images. Now available in paperback for the first time, this groundbreaking work remains both an inspired manual to taking better pictures and an inspiring journey of discovery into the creative process. In more than 140 color photographs and 66 essays, Rowell shows how he transformed the world around him into vivid, memorable works of art. Both the artist and his unique talent come alive in these pages, a tribute to the ways in which his photographs, philosophy, and vision immeasurably enrich those who view his work.

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Editorial Reviews

Steve D. Werner
“[Galen Rowell] was the real thing. . . . His skillful writings were a rare combination of engaging behind-the-scenes narrative and actionable photographic instruction. Everyone wants to explore in his shoes and see through his lens.”
Library Journal
These two books are quite similar. Each is by an outdoor photographer considered among the very best in the field. Many of the color illustrations (especially Shaw's landscapes) are nothing short of remarkable, yet each photographer has his own distinctive style. In addition, each book guides the reader through all the basic steps of making better photographs, from selecting equipment to perfecting technique. Rowell's book, which recounts his travels from Australia to the Arctic, is written in a pleasant, conversational style and will appeal primarily to those photographers--whether amateurs or professionals--who are planning a vacation or an assignment in an exotic locale. Shaw's guide is organized as a how-to manual, with separate chapters on topics like light and composition. There are also chapters on close-up photography and the special concerns of working in the field. Written in a clear, informal manner, Shaw's book will be of great value to anyone wishing to make better landscapes and wildlife photographs. Both books are highly recommended for subject collections in academic libraries and popular photography collections in public libraries.--Raymond Bial, Parkland Coll. Lib., Champaign, IL Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
Nature and adventure photographer Galen Rowell presents 65 essays, previously published in slightly different form in magazine between 1993 and 1999. The pieces are organized into four sections: the creative and cognitive processes behind visionary photography; how to get the most out of a personal experience in the natural world with the least equipment; photography in some of the Earth's wildest places; and how to communicate one's worldview through photography. Abundantly illustrated with the author's superb color photographs. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393338089
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/17/2010
  • Pages: 287
  • Sales rank: 689,486
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Galen Rowell, internationally renowned photographer and mountaineer, is the author of such acclaimed books as My Tibet (with His Holiness the Dalai Lama) and Mountains of the Middle Kingdom. His work regularly appears in Life, National Geographic, Outside, and Sports Illustrated.

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Table of Contents

Preface 17
Introduction 22
Part I Visions: Mysteries of the creative and cognitive processes 25
Part II Preparations: Pushing the limits of equipment, film, and technique 81
Part III Journeys: Merging visions with realities 129
Part IV Realizations: Communicating your worldview through photography 209
List of Illustrations 280
Acknowledgments 282
Index 284
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