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Photographing the Landscape: The Art of Seeing Paperback – March 1, 1997


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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: John Fielder Publishing; First edition (March 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565792289
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565792289
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 10.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #504,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Beginners to professionals will find this a useful guide to landscape photography: it provides candid assessments of films and techniques, uses numerous full-page color photo examples to feature various contrasts and techniques in landscape imagery, and blends camera mechanics and basics with advice on how to visualize a picture and produce satisfying results. The result is an exceptional 'bible' of detail which should be a 'must' for any photographer. -- Midwest Book Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

John Fielder is Colorado's best-known nature photographer, publisher, teacher and preservationist with 39 exhibit-format books and guidebooks to his credit, including John Fielder's Best of Colorado and Colorado 1870-2000. He is also the recipient of numerous awards, including the Sierra Club's Ansel Adams Award for Conservation Photography (1993) and the Aldo Leopold Foundation's first ever Achievement Award (2011). John Fielder's photography has influenced people and legislation, and he has worked tirelessly to promote the protection of Colorado's open space and wildlands.

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Incredible photos and insights!
Bob McInnis
As a how-to book, though, it was a disappointment: derivative and boring and written in a smug, self-congratulatory style.
Kevin Geraghty
I learned the fundamentals of landscape photography and then some from this most valuable resource.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Ann Johnson on May 5, 2003
Format: Paperback
John Fielder is one of the best photographers of this age. Perhaps not as commonly know as a Tom Till or a Larry Ulrich, he centers the majority of his work in the backcountry of Colorado where he's hiked virtually every inch of terrain.
This is one of the most beautiful books on photography that I own and his images taught me more than his words. He has some of the more typical landscape scenes that could be done by most competent professionals. But where Fielder stands out the most are the pictures that truly look like a complex model of math and art. He blends perfectly the elements of his trade. Photography is as much a technical craft as it is an art. To be great, you need both. Fielder is a virtual Bach of photography where he punctuates his gorgeous style with obvious control of technique.
What sets him apart from most other photographers is his style. Most of his images are not typical and clearly make use of simplicity, beautiful lines, hazy afternoons. He doesn't rely on perfect buttermilk clouds to paint a photograph for him. He uses the soft folds of a hill on a cloudy day or the sheer layers of a clear sunrise on a beach to make his pictures. He doesn't need much to turn his world in a vivid piece of artwork captured precisely on his large format.
His writing style is very much like his photographs. Simple and concise. Though at times, I did wish he would explain some concepts a bit more in depth. Mostly though, he uses his images as an example of what to do or what not to do.
He writes how he learned photography by taking pictures and then comparing them to the best (Ansel Adams and Eliot Porter). His own photographs have set a precedent, a standard beyond many landscape photographers could even dream.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tom Madilao on July 14, 2000
Format: Paperback
I have been taking pictures for the last twenty years. I like photography because of the challenges and possibilities everytime I press the shutter. Photography is an ART, and as such I admire many great pictures in many photography books and magazines, and this books got plenty of great pieces of ART. Like any photographers, I always like to find better ways to improve my pictures, and this book offers a great deal of practical concepts and details to make great pictures. The pictures in this book is truley Landscape, and the explaination is truly "an eye-opener". I like the explaination on ingredients of a well composed picture as well. A well written book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 30, 1997
Format: Hardcover
Fielder's "The Art of Seeing" is above all a testament to the power of passion and hard work in the life of an artist. The author's writing is personal, proud and sometimes a bit arrogant, but he supports his panache with some powerful results--a collection of lovely and powerful landscape photographs. He moves too quickly through some of the technical information, and his "pizza" analogy is disappointing. But this "how-to" book is about more than technique. Between the lines, Fielder tells us that talent and technical skill are not enough...that life-long passion, dedication, care and hard work are the foundations of superior art.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 11, 2003
Format: Paperback
This is a book that explains basic concepts of landscape photography -- rhythm, proportion, etc. -- in ways that will allow you to easily understand and use those concepts. You get clearly explained information about different types of cameras, filters, lighting, etc. and how they affect the outcome. This author capably explains the principle AND illustrates that principle with his own work, so whether you learn best from a tutorial or a definition, this book will help you. It is laid out in such a way that it is easy and pleasant to read, and the author uses plain language. It includes some useful charts and diagrams. This book seems aimed somewhat more at beginners than advanced photographers. I've been shooting a while though and found my understanding of some concepts explained by his work. His photos may not be the best I've ever seen but they ARE quite good, certainly beyond the range of most beginners and adequate for illustrating the concepts. I collect Galen Rowell's books due to a great respect for who he was -- both in terms of his wilderness ethic and his phenomenal photographs -- but, as another reviewer mentions, his books are not nearly as easy to learn from. This author concentrates on teaching but includes enough of his own experience to make for an interesting and instructive read.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Greenbloody on December 27, 2002
Format: Paperback
In comparison to Galen Rowell's books, the content is better organized and it is quite a good reference book for landscape photography.
If you have read any of Galen's books, you'll know that you literally have to mine for the relevant info in the midst of his philosophies and the accounts of his stories.
This one is closer to the idea of a how-to book and quite similar to John Shaw's style.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By DM Cooper on December 27, 1999
Format: Hardcover
John Fielder has provided the reader with a wonderful insight into the creative processes that result in his beautiful images. Most guides to nature photography are simply technical manuals that blandly provide formulas and recipes on how to press the shutter release. Mr. Fielder, however, has demonstrated the inspirational and artistic input that is necessary to translate the emotions of the scene onto film. The most difficult aspect of nature photography is learning how to "see" the landscape. Technical advice is offered, however the most signifcant contributions to be gained are from Mr. Fielder's detailed descriptions of how he visualizes and captures images on film. Although I don't care for his pizza analogy, the overall message of this work is quite enlightening. I highly recommend this book to all aspiring photographers who would like to learn how great landscape images are created.
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