Light and Color in the Outdoors Corrected Edition
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"...just about everything imaginable that refracts or reflects light or shows color...a marvelous book, one that I highly recommend to every observer" Sky & Telescope
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This book is filled with drawings and black an white photos illustrating every kind of shadow, light, moonlight, reflected light in all manner of situations. There is a large full color section in the center of the book as well. Some of the pictures are not entirely clear, in some respects due to the desaturation, but not enough to detract from the quality.
This is more of a technical kind of book if you want to do a really in depth study of light and shadow.
The updated illustrations are very nice.
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As well as the usual division into chapters, there are smaller units--273 in all. Each of these smaller units has its own heading: "Images of the sun" (No. 1) "Mirages above cold water" (No.43) "Will-o'-the-wisps" (No. 273)
Scientific explanations are provided (where known) for each phenomenon looked at. For those with a mathematical bent, the appropriate equations are provided (sines, cosines, and so on.)
There are also regular quotations by Victorian art critic John Ruskin, and others. Goethe is another whose quotes appear more than once in this book.
The colour photos--most of them by Finnish photographer Pekka Parviainen--are glorious. The book concludes with tips for those who wish to do their own photography of colour and light effects outdoors. This section was written before the invention of digital cameras, but it should be possible to adapt the advice given.
Because Minnaert's book is so densely packed with material, I chose to read it a little at a time, inbetween other (lighter) reading. In a few weeks or months time, I shall read it again, making notes.
I like this book very much. All we need now is a companion volume on Sound and Smell in the Outdoors!
The print quality was disappointing. The whole book looked like it was printed with a desktop inkjet printer. The text suffered from feathered edges and a low resolution, leaving letters looking blurred and ill defined. The photographic plates were much worse; matte paper and some with large vertical lines which look like an issue with the print head.
I think the book I received was printed on demand. No details of the print run in the front. A small note at the back says “Printed by Printforce, the Netherlands”
Todas las láminas son todas en blanco y negro. Bastante sangrante si tomas en cuenta el título del libro.
(He comprado la versión en tapa blanda)