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Spectacular Yosemite Hardcover – September 10, 2013

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“…a great table book full of amazing photography of a natural wonder. You’ll also learn more about the park, including its history. Spectacular Yosemite is all about showing you Yosemite National Park…inspire your love for nature, and show you places that you may otherwise never see. Even if you’re already a nature lover, Spectacular Yosemite will remind you just how mysterious and wonderful our earth can be.” ~Light Green Stairs blog

About the Author

Twenty years ago, Quang-Tuan Luong’s life was transformed by the wilderness of mountains and his images were first published in the book Souvenirs from High Places, A History of Mountaineering Photography. Since then, he has documented all of America’s national parks, and his work has appeared in several publications. Stuart Booth is a professional writer and editor who specializes in travel books. His most recent works include books on Texas and the Pacific Northwest.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli Universe Promotional Books (September 10, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789327147
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789327147
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 0.8 x 11.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,844,208 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. Porter on April 16, 2011
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Anyone who has been to, or dreamed of visiting, Yosemite National Park will appreciate this sumptuous book. Quang-Tuan Luong's richly detailed large-format photographs display the park in all its panoramic splendor. Sometimes stretching across the entire 33-inch (open) spread (! - it works best to peruse this book in an expansive armchair), the images convey a breadth and richness of detail which are impossible to achieve in a Sierra Club calendar. Luong, who is known for having photographed all 58 of the national parks in large-format, clearly knows Yosemite well and documents the park from every angle, including halfway up the face of El Capitan. While much of the book is devoted to the most well-known section of the park - Yosemite Valley - the book also ventures into the less-explored high country surrounding the Merced River to the south and the Tuoloumne River to the north. Images of the same scene in different seasons or different moods are often juxtaposed side by side. Stuart Booth's text supplements the photographs with helpful information on the history, geology, ecology, and climate of the park, although there were a few minor typos (I learned, for example, that Yosemite is the birthplace of "gig" wall climbing!) Overall this book is a must-have for both real-world adventurers and armchair travelers.
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While I'm hesitant to write anything negative about this book - it is a nice collection of photographs and it's clear a lot of effort went into its production - I want to provide an objective assessment to anyone wondering if it is worth $100 or more.

First, there may be several editions. I purchased mine for $14.99 as used, the publish date on it is 2011 and the publisher is Universe. It is very large format with heavy paper. Photo reproduction is nice, but not super sharp compared to other mountain photography books I own. Anyone who has photographed in the Sierra Nevada is aware of the huge dynamic range needed to capture both light and shadow in brilliantly lit scenes, and this creates a big problem when trying to represent that scene using the limited dynamic range of the printed page. Unfortunately on many images in this book this problem has not be handled well. The highlights (whitewater, or sunlit granite) are blown out white blobs while the shadows in the same image are too dark and lack detail.

Many of the images are "classic views" (and are even labeled that way in the captions). This is fine for those who want one book to remember Yosemite or understand what it is like if unable to visit in person. I just want to warn those who are a fan of this genre that many of the views will be familiar to you. There are a handful of images that are exceptional, new, and artistic.

Overall, I am happy to add this volume to my collection of Sierra Nevada photography books. I just want others to be aware of what they are purchasing and at what price.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ellis D Vener on December 23, 2011
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A terrific photographic tour of Yosemite. Beautiful, thrilling photos and great text. "Spectacular Yosemite" is aptly titled. An inspired piece of work.
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For the last couple years I've come to know Yosemite as a backpacker, climber and photographer. I also learned about other great photographers that had made their mark in Yosemite. This book is one of the books that came highly recommended by other photographers I had met in Yosemite. What I liked the most about it is that it shows Yosemite throughout the seasons. The book is broken down by location and reveals how each location within the park is unique. I would love it if there was a book like this for every park. So much of the park is included in this book that I use it almost like a guidebook planning future trips in my head as I flip the pages.
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By Leigh on October 5, 2011
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Quang-Tuan Luong brings a combination of artistic vision and exceptional technical expertise to a familiar subject. The result is a stunning work, providing views and visions of one of the most beautiful areas on the continent.

It certainly deserves a place on top of your other coffee table books.
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This is an absolutely beautiful book. If you are looking a book that lets you just absorb the stunning beauty of Yosemite, this is the book you are looking for. The photography is indeed spectacular, majestic, and breathtaking. Worth every penny.
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