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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Yosemite Conservancy (August 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159714102X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597141024
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 11.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,238,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Scot Miller's interest in photography began in the early 1970's. Through his photography, he attempts to inspire an appreciation and understanding of the uniqueness of places such as Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada, Walden, the Maine Woods, the Texas Hill Country and the Great Trinity Forest. Eighty-nine of his photographs illustrate "Walden: 150th Anniversary Illustrated Edition of the American Classic," published by Houghton Mifflin in 2004 and sixty-three of his photographs illustrate "Cape Cod: Illustrated Edition of the American Classic," published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in April 2008. Publishing in April 2011, John Muir's "My First Summer in the Sierra: 100th Anniversary Illustrated Edition" with Foreword by Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns and published in collaboration with Yosemite Conservancy features seventy-two of Scot's photographs plus twenty-one illustrations from the 1911 edition by John Muir.

In 2005, Scot collaborated with the Harvard Museum of Natural History to develop "Thoreau's Walden: A Journey in Photographs by Scot Miller," a traveling exhibition managed by the Cincinnati Museum Center that features twenty-nine of Scot's fine art photographs from the Walden book, plus interpretive materials. The exhibition is currently on a multi-year museum tour across the country.

Scot is also involved in a multi-year project photographing Yosemite's expansive backcountry wilderness areas with four other photographers, in cooperation with The Yosemite Fund, resulting in the publication of "First Light: Five Photographers Explore Yosemite's Wilderness", a book published in Summer 2009. He is currently photographing extensively in the Maine Woods, the Ozarks, Yosemite National Park and the Sierra Nevada, and the Texas Hill Country, where he is Artist-in-Park for Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park, located in Johnson City and Stonewall, Texas.

Scot's photography has been featured in publications and books including America's Famous and Historic Trees, America West Magazine, Cape Cod Life, D Magazine, National Wildlife, Steinway & Sons Magazine, Yosemite Magazine, Yosemite Fund Annual Reports, the National Park Service's Yosemite Valley Plan and other Yosemite-related projects, and the National Park Service's Special Resource Study of Walden Pond and Woods. Scot was also featured on "CBS Sunday Morning" with Charles Osgood. In addition, a selection of his large-format photographs of Italy are now being displayed in many Romano's Macaroni Grill restaurants throughout the country.

For the last fifteen years, Scot has found another way to further catalogue the beautiful scenery he photographs--he carries a digital video (now high-definition) camera system into the field, which can be a challenge when backpacking into the Yosemite backcountry or standing on frozen Walden Pond. His footage has been used extensively in many Yosemite Fund videos, in a recent video for the Walden Woods Project, narrated by Walter Cronkite, in a September 2004 story on "CBS Sunday Morning" with Charles Osgood, and in many news reports.

Scot lives in Dallas, Texas.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By the skeeker on July 28, 2009
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First Light is a wonderful book. These 5 photographers explored Yosemite's back country over a five year period, and the images they made during their journey are amazing. These are some of the best photographers to have captured the beauty of Yosemite National Park. Included with the beautiful images, is the text written by the authors. If you are interested in seeing the back country of Yosemite in a unique light, you will enjoy this book.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By G. Pearson on October 29, 2009
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Yes, the photographs are nicely printed in this book - beautiful colour and clarity. The downside for me is that there are too many shots of close subjects and not enough of the scenery. I am unlikely to ever get to Yosemite backcountry (living in New Zealand) and to see so many close up shots if rocks, streams and trees is not what I was expecting. The few scenic or panorama shots that are in this book are brilliant - I just wish there were more of them.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mamaburns on December 28, 2009
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The most beautiful, awesome photography of one of the most beautiful, awesome places on earth. Exceptional quality, heavyweight paper. A perfect gift for anyone, including yourself, who loves beautiful photographs and/or loves Yosemite.
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