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Fine Art Flower Photography: Creative Techniques and the Art of Observation Paperback – March 24, 2005
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All of this is by way of saying that "Fine Art Flower Photography" is a book of abstract art that starts with real flowers, but which has as its subject line, form and color. And it is a terrific and inspiring book.
By using a variety of photographic techniques, Sweet is able to divorce line, form and color from their subject and present them in a pure manner that delights the eye. In fact Sweet was so effective in doing this that he transformed my vision of other abstract art and its value.
Sweet accomplishes this task by manipulating depth of field, multiple exposures and camera movement to present us with a view of flowers that we would never see with the unaided eye. And these views are surprisingly striking, evoking deep, non-rational responses in the viewer. I have never believed that aesthetics was simply the province of the beautiful, but these pictures certainly can be used to support such an argument.
I've long had a feeling that manipulating a photograph in the camera in a way that one could not see in a peek through the viewfinder was somehow not real art.Read more ›
This is not a book that explains how to use techniques. Basically there is a picture on the right page and an explanation of why the picture was taken on the left page. It does tell what equipment was used along with the descriptions, but mainly this book should be used for inspiration. If you already have most of the technical aspects of your equipment figured out but are still left wanted something more, this book is a nice break from the typical photography book that talks about shutter, aperture, rules, etc. This book also makes a nice coffee table book since you don't have to know anything about photography to appreciate the photos.
This book has even more of his fine artistic images of flowers. And I learned more tips from this book than from Fine Art Nature Photography. There are quite some "subtle" tips buried in his writing.
I like this book more than Fine Art Nature Photography. Since I gave 4 stars to Fine Art Nature Photography, this book got 5 stars.
This book is great for those who enjoy Tony Sweet's artic images and would like to learn the techniques.
This is a colorful and inspiring collection of close up photographs.
Sweet uses medium to long lenses with warming filters to produce delicately focused images with silky smooth bokeh.
You'll never look at your garden in the same way - a real gem of a book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very interesting and filled with a great deal of insight into Sweet's creative process. One of the best books out there on the creative process.Published 15 months ago by Roger Bower
I am an amateur and need help, these books really do help.Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
I really relate with the subject of this book. He has gotten so far past the " common" shots of the flowers showing the beauty of nature. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Sharon Glatthorn
Beautiful book, lovely images, very inspiring!
Flowes are my favorite photographic subject, too, so it is a treat to view Tony Sweet's work...
If you like to shoot flowers, buy this book. Tony Sweet has a great eye and makes beautiful photographs of flowers, mostly outside and "as found. Read morePublished 23 months ago by L. Bickford
The authors wonderfully refreshing and classically driven sensibility marry art and science in a collection of
fine art floral photographs. Read more
I very much enjoyed Tony Sweets book on Art Flower photography. His no nonsense approach is based on simple photo presentation of his extraordinary work and a technical explanation... Read morePublished on November 2, 2013 by Ted Calbazana
the photos in this book are just gorgeous. Love the way that Tony Sweet explains the creative decisions he made in taking the photos, as well as explanations of the technical... Read morePublished on May 25, 2013 by Willa Siegel