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The Itinerant Photographer [Kindle Edition]

Max Allen
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Book Description

A collection of stories from the photographs the author took over a period of five years spent wandering across North America in search of wild animals. The travels took him from his native haunts of New England down to the tip of Florida, up and across the wilds of Montana, along the coasts of California, and to many places in between. The author shares 50 of his favorite photographs and provides a short story explaining how and where the photograph was taken, different photography techniques, and aspects of the natural history of the animal.


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About the Author

Max Allen (1977- ) is a carnivore biologist, author, and photographer. Max was born in central Vermont, and has lived throughout the American west and New Zealand. He was awarded his PhD in Conservation Biology from Victoria University of Wellington in 2014, for his dissertation entitled The Ecology and Behaviour of Pumas (Puma concolor) in Northern California. Max is an award-winning photographer (max-allen.artistwebsites.com), and published his first book - The Itinerant Photographer - in 2010. He has worked for a diverse group of government agencies and non-profit corporations in his diverse career as a park ranger, teacher, and wildlife biologist. Max is currently a research biologist with the Santa Cruz Puma Project (santacruzpumas.org) in central California.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1810 KB
  • Print Length: 105 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0578054299
  • Publisher: Animalia Press; 2 edition (December 20, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FCJ0A7M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #383,779 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A big help November 2, 2010
By Frank
Format:Paperback
I would say I have a good relationship with my stepson. But honestly, since he became too old for little league and we didn't spend all that time together with practices and games it had been hard to connect with him. A lot of that was probably just him being a teenager (and me being a bit over-the-hill). That really turned around a few months ago when I bought him a copy of this book. He devoured it, and got really interested in one of my favorite hobbies: photography. Now on weekends when he isn't busy with his friends he asks me to drive him out to the ocean to photograph seagulls and stuff. I'm more of a landscape photographer myself, but I'm finding photographing wildlife to be pretty fun. He's read a couple more photography books now, but this continues to be his favorite, and I couldn't recommend it more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Required reading for aspiring wildlife photographers October 14, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I remember as a young students studying photography wanting to become a wildlife photographer. As I learned my craft and what it took to be a great in that field, I realized that I would probably be better off studying biology than photography. Few of us who appreciate great wildlife photography understand how much effort, skill and knowledge it takes to get these images, not to mention a healthy dose of plain dumb luck. Max does, and his biologist's heart really shows in his images. That's what it takes to be good in this business, a great knowledge of animals and their habits, as well as a thorough understanding of photography and a great deal of patience and stamina. If you an interest in becoming a wildlife photographer, this book is required reading.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Every Photo Has a Story October 11, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Very beautiful pictures! This is some high-quality photography. The author includes stories that explain the photos, rather than just giving short captions.

The introduction includes an honest reflection from a photographer-artist-biologist: He first learned with film, then dumped all his negatives in the trash when he went to digital. Really interesting.

Not only was this book 5 years in the making, but each photograph took a lot of time to capture as Allen waited patiently for the right animal pose, or followed the species around all day. There are a few non-animal photos in the book as well.

You will learn more about animals and nature as you read this, too.

(I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Warm and enjoyable visit with the animals August 19, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I just sat down for a fine summer morning on our back porch in NC, surrounded by pine forest. Reading this book was a perfect complement to the moment. Max' s lovely photos of North American wildlife are not only technically well crafted but also carry a personal, warm and respectful vibe, as if he were photographing good friends. The accompanying text, mini-essays really, has exactly the same vibe. I learned some new things about the animals, was reminded again how special they are, and was particularly impressed by Mr. Allen's dedication to not disturbing the animal's space, not just for the photo's sake but for the sake of animal family's well-being. A simple, friendly read(and look).
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning photography October 19, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is filled with stunning photography and is well worth viewing for that alone. As a wonderful bonus, the stories included are full of fun anecdotes describing how the photo was captured, insightful and interesting facts about the particular animal, and helpful hints on how to capture photos as a nature photographer. The author is obviously passionate about his work. I was particularly impressed with the amount of patience and perseverance he possesses as well as his ability to "get in the head" of the animal. I shared the photos and some of the stories with my children as they are definitely educational in nature. This book would be lovely to display as a coffee table book. I received this book for free from Story Cartel in exchange for an honest review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic insight November 24, 2014
By Merlin
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book is a real joy. Whether you just want to look at the pretty pictures or whether you are looking for insight into the mind of a great and very patient photographer. The author shares with us both the how he got the shot and why it is a good shot. Perhaps my real reason for loving this book is that I feel like I was a confidant riding on his shoulder. Having taken many "shots" myself, only to be disappointed that they don't show the vision I was intending - I can now see some of the reasons why.

If he ever decides to do a "weekend photo shoot", I'll be the first to sign up
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful! October 8, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Not only were the pictures terrific (Max Allen has a very artistic eye, and good photographic skills), but his explanations of each picture were intertaining and informative. He made me wish I could go do what he does! But fortunately, since I have NO skill for taking good pictures (for starters!), Max has shared his abilities with us in this book.
What he does is difficult and time consuming, but he obviously has a passion for it, and it shows.
I was given a copy of this in exchange for my honest review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Interesting Book! August 3, 2014
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I love seeing wildlife captured in their habitats and this book is great! The pictures are remarkable but I love the information about each one of the pictures and the animals. I also thought the introduction about the author and the evolution of his photography was really interesting as well. Highly recommended if you are interested in wild animals, photography, or both.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars As a photo I found it rather interesting but nothing ...
As a photo
I found it rather interesting but nothing to write home about.
Published 15 days ago by joyce k.
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Great photos and detailed descriptions.
Published 3 months ago by Wayne
5.0 out of 5 stars cool...
cool...
Published 3 months ago by ampen - techmatte
3.0 out of 5 stars When I bought this book, I thought it was ...
When I bought this book, I thought it was more of a book of photographs (with some description). Instead I have a book with one small photo at the beginning of each chapter of... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Bonnie Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars Best read on color computer Kindle app, not on monochrome Kindle.
Beautiful photos and insightful information about the animals. Just needs to be longer with more photos. Very enjoyable.
Published 4 months ago by GeekRobert
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful photos
The photos in this book are beautiful. The information written about each photo is interesting and informative. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Annette
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice photography
well documented photography book. I think it would have been better if it had more photos and less writing. also more photos that lead up to actual photos.
Published 4 months ago by Jennifer Johnson
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed.
Not enough photos and although informing,to many words.
Camera buffs will probably like the settings and other info in the back.Nice pictures though.
Published 4 months ago by micheal cahoon
5.0 out of 5 stars The Itinerant Photographer
Fabulous book and I enjoyed it very much. Can't wait to share with my grandsons. People who are interested in saving land for wildlife and the invaluable asset these animals and... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Gail Roos
2.0 out of 5 stars QUANTITY and QUALITY are BOTH SORELY LACKING
While I applaud the author/photographer his efforts, I can not give this book more than the two stars and in fact am tempted to give only one. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Earthlings
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Max Allen (1977- ) is a carnivore biologist, author, and photographer. Max was born in central Vermont, and has lived throughout the American west and New Zealand. He was awarded his PhD in Conservation Biology from Victoria University of Wellington in 2014, for his dissertation entitled The Ecology and Behaviour of Pumas (Puma concolor) in Northern California. Max is an award-winning photographer (max-allen.artistwebsites.com), and published his first book - The Itinerant Photographer - in 2010. He has worked for a diverse group of government agencies and non-profit corporations in his diverse career as a park ranger, teacher, and wildlife biologist. Max is currently a research biologist with the Santa Cruz Puma Project (santacruzpumas.org) in central California.

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