Readers will be instantly drawn to the beautiful wildlife shots in this spectacular and informative book. Written by those adventurous souls who hunt with their cameras, wildlife photographers recount what drew them into their field while they debunk the myth that wildlife photography is a job of glamour and great wealth. Many wildlife photographers got their start from a childhood interest in nature. Tom Magelson grew up with a father who loved the outdoors. Gunter Zeisler's family had no use for nature where he grew up in Munich, Germany, but Gunter fell in love with animals when he saw photos of African wildlife. The photo experts relate that being a wildlife photographer requires patience, persistence and knowledge of the animals, which comes only after years of observation. One chapter is devoted to the skill and techniques required to get "up close and personal" to the subject to be photographed. The use of blinds and decoys are discussed as well as the many long and lonely hours waiting for just the right shot. The endnotes include how to find out more about photography and a complete bibliography and index. This is a useful resource for anyone interested in the methods, hardships and dangers of being a wildlife photographer. 2001, Millbrook Press, $26.90. Ages 8 up. Reviewer: Sue Reichard
Aaseng presents the work of some of the world's most prolific nature photographers here, describing in detail the pleasures and perils of a rewarding but sometimes dangerous career. With an abundance of beautiful color photographs of wildlife from backyard birds to bears and wolves, the book is a testimony to the power of nature photography. Biographical sketches personalize this work, inspiring young photographers to improve their own picture-taking skills. Beginning with the idea of hunting wildlife not with a gun but with a camera, Aaseng draws many parallels between the two types of hunts. Subsequent chapters discuss preparation for a successful trip afield, equipment, safety, and environmental ethics. Aaseng recommends a variety of further resources, including books, Web sites, membership in photography and conservation organizations, and enrollment in photography courses. A sidebar describes briefly but with reasonable thoroughness the basic operations of the lens, and how combinations of aperture and shutter speed control the amount of light that strikes the film, affecting depth of field, focus, and apparent motion. The highlight of the book, not surprisingly, is its collection of illustrations. Many show examples of successful wildlife photographs, and others show photographers at work with their equipment. All librarians serving grades five and up will welcome this book both as a showcase of excellent photographs and as an element in their vocational guidance collections. Index. Illus. Photos. Biblio. Further Reading. VOYA CODES: 4Q 3P M J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Will appeal with pushing; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High,defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2001, Millbrook, 79p. PLB $27.90. Ages 11 to 18. Reviewer: Christopher Finer
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-This well-rounded discussion about wildlife photographers and their craft looks at why they chose this field, what skills and knowledge are needed, and some of the methods used to film their subjects. Through the use of anecdotes from professionals, Aaseng provides insight into how individuals feel about their work and are not deterred by the many hardships, dangers, and tedium of waiting for just the right shot. A thought-provoking section on the controversies among photographers over staging scenes for nature films and using computer imaging will serve as an eye-opener for readers. Tips on getting started with wildlife photography are appended. A modest selection of high-quality full-color photographs rounds out this revealing look at a demanding profession.-Cynthia M. Sturgis, Ledding Library, Milwaukie, OR Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.