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Wild & Scenic California Hardcover – October, 1995

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Browntrout Pub; 1st edition (October 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1563136406
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563136405
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 12.2 x 12.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,016,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An ice cream sundae of a book by one of the best photographers in the business." -- Apogee Photo Magazine (October 2005)

About the Author

Carr Clifton belongs to the first rank of large-format photographers of the American wilderness. With early encouragement from the legendary environmental photographer, the late Philip Hyde, and from an accomplished broncobuster and artist, his own father the late Delton Clifton, he took a photography degree at Colorado Mountain College. Ranging from Alaska to the Amazon, Clifton relies on skills acquired as a wilderness guide to carry his large-format camera and gear on back-country expeditions lasting months at a time. He was awarded the Theodore Roosevelt Founders Medal for outstanding expeditionary achievement. He received the 2004 Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival award for his wilderness adventure documentary, Three Women, Three Hundred Miles, narrated by Meryl Streep. Clifton is the sole photographer of five exhibit-format books and has exhibited at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute, Nikon House, and California Academy of Science. His photographs regularly appear in such magazines as Geo, Life, Outside, Outdoor Photographer, Field & Stream, National Geographic, Smithsonian, Natural History, Audubon, and Sierra. He has long been sole photographer of BrownTrout's Wild & Scenic California calendar. He is a native Californian and lives in the northern Sierra Nevada.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By David CY Fung on November 27, 1997
Format: Hardcover
The first time I saw this book in a Sydney bookstore, I was wondering why another title on California ? There is already a rich supply of quality pictorials from Adams, Muench, Wolfe, Neill, Rowell, and etc. What does Clifton have to offer here ? In the Photographer's Preface, Clifton elaborated on his intention to present his ideal of an untouched wilderness through this portfolio. On that point, he was close to success. I said 'close' because some of the images lack originality looking too much like picture postcards in a souvenir shop. For instance, sunrise by the beach like the one on page 46 is fast becoming a worn out subject. If you want to see images on coastal sunrise with a difference, look at Meyerowitz's work (Popular Photography, Sept 97). The image on page 44 is flat and blend. The sky is burnt out to an extent that it becomes distracting. Using black and white film would probably do more justice to the tonally rich but nearly monochromatic image of the Big Sur coast (p35). I also find the image of Mount Diablo State Park graphically wanting. In other words,it lacks a strong graphical element that can hold my attention. However, there are images that deserve merits. The closeup shot of an Indian Rhubarb (p17) demonstrated a skilful use of contrast. The juxtaposing of a doom shape rock against the distant Half Dome (p31) is original among existing images of the kind. Capturing on film bunches of blonde grass set against a bluish mountain range is the work of a keen colourist. Image quality is never a issue in large format photography. Every image in this book is pin sharp from foreground to background. Professionally controlled exposures allowed both shadow and highlighted details be captured on film (see p16, 24).
Clifton's style seemed to be more in line with Porter and Muench.
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By breanna on January 3, 2013
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this is a gorgeous book on california one of the best I've ever seen i recommend it highly to anyone
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