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.
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)