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Captured: Lessons from Behind the Lens of a Legendary Wildlife Photographer (Voices That Matter) 1st Edition

4.6 out of 5 stars 51 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0321720597
ISBN-10: 0321720598
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From the Back Cover

Captured: Behind the Lens of a Legendary Wildlife Photographer is more than just a photography book-it's a chronicle of more than 30 years' worth of unbelievable moments that only nature can reveal.

And Moose Peterson is more than just a wildlife photographer-he's a storyteller in both prose and pictures.

If you're looking for the ultimate guide to wildlife photography from a man who has devoted his entire career to capturing nature's finest and most rare moments, you'll find it here in Captured.

If you're looking to be transported into the wild to confront a grizzly bear and her cubs, stumble upon a pack of wolves, or capture an owl in flight, you'll find it here, as well. You'll also find a healthy dose of inspiration as the stories behind the photos are revealed as only Moose can tell them.

In the end, you'll come away with invaluable photographic techniques gained through a lifetime of experience and a new appreciation for the passion of wildlife photography. You'll gain knowledge that you can put to use on your next excursion into the wild, your local or state park, or even your own backyard.

About the Author

A Nikon Legend Behind the Lens, Lexar Elite Photographer, recipient of the John Muir Conservation Award, Research Associate with the Endangered Species Recovery Program, published in over 130 magazines worldwide, author of 23 books and lecturing across the country to thousands upon thousands of photographers barely covers the work and goals of wildlife photographer Moose Peterson. One of the original Nikon shooters to receive the D1 in 1999, Moose embraced this new technology becoming the only wildlife photographer in the world to shoot strictly digital in the early years. A beta site for all the major hardware and software manufacturers, Moose continues his main goal of photographing the life history of North America ’s endangered wildlife and wildplaces using the latest tools. A creative innovator of new techniques both behind the camera and the computer is the driving force behind his photography and goals.
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Product Details

  • Series: Voices That Matter
  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: New Riders; 1 edition (October 11, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321720598
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321720597
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,094,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When Moose announced this book, I preordered it immediately. He's a great story teller. If you ever have the chance to hear him speak, do. His pictures are also amazing at telling stories as well. This book is a very nice read too, sprinkled with many different great stories.

It's definitely not an f/stop and shutter speed book. It's part photography, part life, and part nature. Which is what Moose is about. He'd rather help a biologist than sell a print.

However, my issue with this book lies in the publishing. This almost could be a coffee table book with these great images. Instead, these great images, some of which I have seen before, are very dissapointing. The book is published on a very flat paper, and in many cases the pictures are either very dark or washed out.

I'm hoping they fix this in a subsequent printings. But, for a $50 book, I expected better quality than this.
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By Greg P on December 31, 2010
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I was one who was excited to see this book come out. I preordered it as soon as I saw it mentioned on Scott Kelby's blog.

Then it arrived. First, the good news. The stories are good and many of the photos are very nice. Now the bad news: I was very disappointed in the way the pictures are printed in this book. They are flat and not very appealing. Very different than (for instance) Joe McNally's books published by (I think) the same folks. In those, the photos shine - but not here. This is not the fault of the original images, but of the printing approach. As another reviewer mentioned, this should not be the case on a book this expensive.

I was also disappointed in the number of technical errors in the text. These may simply be oversights on the part of the author, but should definitely have been caught by a competent editor. For instance, there are three obvious errors about flash on one page spread (pages 206 and 207). For instance, the text says that "with front-curtain sync...the flash fires when the first shutter blade starts to move." This is, of course, incorrect (as it would result in the flash firing before the shutter blades clear the light path). Even worse is the description of rear-curtain sync which states that, "the flash fires when the last shutter blade finishes its travel." Of course, this would result in the flash firing after the shutter was closed, and no flash lighting would reach the sensor.

Similarly, on the facing page, in describing what happens when ambient lighting exceeds the maximum shutter sync speed of 1/250 of a second, "the camera will say HI. When you see HI rather than a shutter speed displayed , the ambient light exposure will be underexposed." Of course, it should have said overexposed.
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CAPTURED by Moose Peterson is a fantastic read. I found it not only fun to read but hard to put down for very long. Through his story telling ability, Moose tells the reader not only how but why he has taken such great images. This is not a book full of confusing technical jargon but it's full of practical information and tips to help us all to become better photographers. I've already changed some of my habits as a result of reading it. Of course the images are fantastic as well. This book will definitely be on my coffee table for others to enjoy.
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I took a decade off from "serious" photography, and while I was away, the digital revolution happened. Coming to today's photography in that way has made for an interesting perception of how the field has changed. I'm not going to list all of those changes except to say that these days, every third person carrying a DSLR around either is or wants to be a wildlife photographer, including me.

For those not familiar with Moose (yes, that's his actual given name) Peterson, let it be known that he's one of perhaps a half-dozen individuals at the very top of this kind of photography. Why and how he got there is pretty much the subject of this book.

It's a big sucker...380 pages with a 24 page index...and it's essentially one part autobiography, one part how-to, and one part why. If you're looking for a technical manual, this ain't it. But if you bring to it a sound working knowledge of the fundamentals of photography, this book will flesh out that knowledge base with lots of practical, useful, and even inspiring information on this particular phase of picture-taking. Moose takes us along on his journey from a wet-eared kid working in a camera store to one of the Nation's top shooters and along the way explains how he does what he does, and why it matters to him.

A facet of the book that I particularly enjoyed and benefitted from is his take on photo gear...how Moose chooses it, how he cares for and transports it, and how he uses it in the field. There is indeed what I recently read described as an "equipment fetish" in this field, and Moose - like most of us - is an admitted worshiper. And that's great. Before reading this book, I'd been getting drool in my coffee cup over the Nikon 200-400mm lens but couldn't get past the price.
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This book earned 5 stars from me not because I thought it was perfect (it's not, see below), but because it struck me as far superior to the majority of photography books currently available. As a serious amateur wildlife photographer, I look to books mostly for two things, insider first-hand experience anecdotes and general inspiration. Most authors screw up both of these areas by filling their books with directives - "do this, don't do that." That approach quickly grows old, especially after you have more than one book in your collection. Instead, what I'm looking for is for the professional to share what they do, including details of equipment, general approach, favorite locations, and anecdotes about experiences that impacted their photography (I highly recommend all 3 of Larry West's photo books because they succeed very well on these fronts).

And, this is exactly what Moose does for the first 4/5s of this very inspiring book. In fact, Moose has an amazing and generous willingness to share. I'd contrast this with other pro nature shooters like Art Wolfe, John Shaw, or Franz Lanting, whose websites focus on selling prints or classes, with little if anything in the way of teaching or sharing knowledge. In contrast, Moose takes pains in this book and on his website to walk you through his evolution, how he carved a living out of wildlife and landscape photography over many years. And, he appreciates that the tools of the trade are critical to success but again not subject to directives (use this, don't use that), so he deals with that vital but controversial topic by giving very detailed descriptions of exactly which tools he found useful for which work and why, and leaves it to the reader to draw their own conclusions about their own work.
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