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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Firefly Books (August 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 177085259X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1770852594
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 11.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ten photographs chosen by 10 nature photographers, all of whom have been honored as Wildlife Photographer of the Year, make for a stunning presentation of the photographer’s art. Nature photography has always been a wonderful blend of natural science and art, and the arrival of the digital age has changed the illustration of the natural world probably more than any other photographic genre. The images in the book are half film and half digital, resulting in interesting comparisons. Well-known photographers such as Jim Brandenburg, Frans Lanting, and Thomas Mangelsen are represented, along with 7 others, whose names are probably less familiar to the layperson. At the beginning of each section is a short biography of the photographer. Each picture is accompanied by the artist’s recollection of shooting it, along with the technical data of where it was made, the camera and lens types, the shutter speed, and (where applicable) the film type. Many photos also feature quotes from the photographers that reveal the philosophy of their art. As an introduction to the majesty and intimacy of wildlife photography, this book has no peer. --Nancy Bent

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A stunning presentation of the photographer's art. Nature photography has always been a wonderful blend of natural science and art, and the arrival of the digital age has changed the illustration of the natural world probably more than any other photographic genre. The images in the book are half film and half digital, resulting in interesting comparisons... At the beginning of each section is a short biography of the photographer. Each picture is accompanied by the artist's recollection of shooting it, along with the technical data of where it was made, the camera and lens types, the shutter speed, and (where applicable) the film type. Many photos also feature quotes from the photographers that reveal the philosophy of their art. As an introduction to the majesty and intimacy of wildlife photography, this book has no peer. (Nancy Bent Booklist 2013-12-01)

Ten brilliant photographers open their portfolios and share 20 pages of images each in this incredible collection... Drawn from their entire careers, we are privileged to see what they consider to be their absolute best work. Each photographer provides a detailed description for every image that tells how the picture was taken. There is also the technical info regarding the equipment used and settings. Their comments tell us not just about the accompanying image but also their approach to photography and conservation... The 120 photographs featured in the book offer a magnificent look at some unique animals and also some very common ones. Each subject is perfectly presented through gorgeous lighting and impeccable timing. While the ages may vary considerably between these artists, they stand shoulder to shoulder in their talent. (Terry Peters North Shore News 2013-09-27)

Page after page, will leave you breathless, with nature never having looked so majestic. (Shelf Life 2013-12-01)

Hearing the call of the wild and capturing it on camera are two very different things, as the 10 photographers featured in the new book The Masters of Nature Photography can attest. They sometimes spent months tracking their subjects or stood waist-deep in lakes for hours. Still, nature photography is an underappreciated art, says the book's editor, Rosamund Kidman Cox. Because wildlife photography has historically been used mainly to record animals rather than to create art, the job was left to scientists who weren't trying to take something beautiful, says Ms. Cox. But recent improvements in photography, such as larger lenses and digital features, have allowed photographers to get more up-close and artistic. (Alexandra Wolfe Wall Street Journal.com 2013-09-27)

From galloping horses and leaping wolves to hunting sharks, flapping albatross, waddling penguins, trudging elephants, towering redwoods and jousting narwhals, it's a wild, wild world out there. Just as impressive as the photos? The tales, direct from the photographers' mouths, about how they got the shot. (Austin American-Statesman 2013-12-08)

(Best Books 2013) Ten brilliant photographers open their portfolios and share their best work in this incredible collection. From a lone wolf standing atop a mountain peak to the grace of a stingray gliding above the ocean floor, there is no place these photographers won't go in search of that perfect image. (North Shore News 2013-12-13)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael OConnor TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 18, 2013
Format: Hardcover
After paging through this wonderous photographic guide to nature, it's easy to agree with the inside cover blurb that states this 2013 Firefly Books release "represents the very best of nature photography." Made up of portfolios from ten renowned nature photographers, THE MASTERS OF NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY is overflowing with 120 touchingly beautiful images and perceptive text.

Among the photographers faetured in MASTERS OF NATURE PHOTOGARPHY are Pal Hermansen, Anup Shah, Frans Lanting, Jim Brandenburg, David Doubilet and Vincent Munier. Each one of those photogs has been a winner in the international Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.

Each photographer gets a ten-page portfolio. They also discuss their work, their techniques, the story behind their pictures, etc. Though the images are sumptuous, it's equally fascinating to get the 'inside-the-photographer's head' insights.

Whatever your interest in nature, you will find something to love and marvel at in THE MASTERS OF NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY. So many fantastic images, so many insights and all for 30 bucks! Highly recommended.
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