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A Visual Tour with So-So Photography
on June 25, 2015
While the text is interesting and informative, except for a poorly written and edited introduction, this book's weak point is its photography--which is unfortunate in a book that calls itself a VISUAL tour of Britain and Ireland. Most of the photographs, including the one on the cover, lack sharpness, focus, and detail. Many of these, I feel sure, were shot with high-speed film (inherently less sharp), in rather dark existing light (another enemy of sharpness and detail), with zoom lenses (not as resolving as normal lenses), and the resulting images were then cropped, blown-up, or otherwise altered, which also compromises picture quality.
Please note that National Geographic did not send out a photographic team (no doubt because of financial reasons), but elected to license
photography from a number of contributors. Frankly, I feel if these were the best pictures that could be located, it would have been better to scrap the book rather than put out an inferior product. This book of "vague" photographs does no one, especially the countries presented, any credit and shows an indifference which I find insulting.