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At Close Range With National Geographic (2007)

Joel Sartore , Olive Bucklin  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Joel Sartore
  • Directors: Olive Bucklin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: PBS
  • DVD Release Date: February 20, 2007
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NA2780
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,965 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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National Geographic Magazine photographer Joel Sartore shoots in some of the most exotic locales on earth, often in wretched conditions for weeks on end, and always under pressure to produce worthy pictures. A husband and father of three, he often wonders if it's the best job in the world or the worst. "At Close Range" reminds us of where we fit in the cosmos, and what we owe to the next generation of all the earth's inhabitants.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Bringing the world into focus one image at a time August 17, 2007
National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore has, in his words, the best and worst job in the world. Examining all the elements of his career isn't as easy as one might expect but this PBS documentary offers a detailed look from many different perspectives.

Usually given 8 weeks in the field and up to 12 weeks on rare occasions for specific story related photo shoots, a constant pressure is there to produce the unique, beautiful, and riveting pictures that National Geographic is known for. The expectations are stringent but the rewards can be many when you see the final layouts in the magazine.

Traveling to far reaching locales throughout the world is a necessity but it also comes with risks that are oftentimes unavoidable. Serious physical demands, regional illnesses, unpredictable weather and wildlife, and harsh terrain are all by-products in the search for that perfect shot.

Deciding on the images that will eventually appear in publication is the job of photo editors at National Geographic headquarters in Washington D.C. Looking at accumulated pictures for a story, sometimes comprising hundreds of rolls of film and taking a full week to accomplish, meticulous care and attention to detail are the orders of the day when deciding what will be the very best and final pictures the public will see.

What might be the most challenging aspect of this profession is the time spent away from family and the difficulties it can cause. Finding a happy medium between work and home life is not always easy but it is definitely necessary. Paul Sartore and his wife share their feelings on this dilemma near the end of the program.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good DVD August 11, 2013
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Bought as a gift for my son, who is a professional photographer, he found it very helpful and educational. So, if you are interested in this type of photography, give this DVD a try
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Photography DVD February 27, 2011
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I never grow tired of watching this dvd. Nature and Environmental Photography is tough and National Geographic photographers are a rare breed. Whether at a rodeo or picking up deadly illnesses in a foreign land to get the shot, Joel is on the job. I had never heard of Joel, but really like his honesty, humanity, and humbleness. Thanks to both NG and Joel Satore. Keep up the good work. And by the way, Joel's photography is amazing.
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