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National Geographic Simply Beautiful Photographs 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 1426206453
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Pantanal, Brazil. The setting sun silhouettes gauchos as they relax at the end of the day. (p. 104, Joel Sartore) Richnava, Slovakia. Roma children look out the window of their shanty. (p. 185, James L. Stanfield) Near Wismar, Germany. Women share a laugh while harvesting sugar beets. (p. 225, Gordon Gahan) Sarand, Hungary. A bee-eater bird takes flight, while another keeps its perch. (p. 341, Joe Petersburger)
Asheville, North Carolina. Orange leaves cover a Japanese maple at the Biltmore Estate. (p. 364, Melissa Farlow) Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. A trumpeter swan glides across Yellowstone River. (p. 370-371, James P. Blair) Bioko Island, Equatorial Guinea. Tail feathers of a little greenbul bird fan out behind closed wings. (p. 461, Joel Sartore) Bayan-Olgiy, Mongolian People's Republic. A Kazakh hunter shies slightly as his golden eagle spreads its wings. (p. 440, David Edwards)

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“As the title suggests, this giant, colorful tome is filled with famed imagery from the National Geographic Image Collection, one of the richest photo archives on Earth. As an added bonus, it comes with a framable print of the photograph that adorns the cover.”
Metro New York

“For once, a book that does what it says on the cover. Here is a collection of spectacular shots of nature, ranging from grand landscape scenes to swans in flight…Simply sensational." –The Express
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Product Details

  • Series: National Geographic
  • Hardcover: 504 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Point; 1 edition (October 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426206453
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426206450
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 1.5 x 10.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,645 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Robert B. Miller Jr. on October 20, 2010
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This is one of the most exciting books that National Geographic has published in recent times. One stunning image after another it lives up to its representation by showing the best photos found in the National Geographic archives. There is little text in this book and it relies heavily on the quality of the images selected. The sample photos and the video only give you a taste of what is between the covers. I must admit that I am biased, because one of my photos is in the book. It was an honor to have one of the only photos I ever sent to National Geographic to be selected by Annie Griffiths to be included in the book.

As a photographer, I will be learning from this book for years to come. What makes beauty in a photograph is a question this book answers. It may seem like a small trivial question to some, but Annie gives an elegant answer with some of the most beautiful photos that represent the best of our world. This book helps reaffirm to me that photography can be a medium of how to view this world and live our lives in the simple pursuit of beauty. What greater purpose could a photographer or a person have?

It is no wonder to me that the popularity of this book is rising, and I applaud Annie Griffiths for the theme of beauty that opens before your eyes with each turn of the page.

When I sit for awhile with this book a quote from George Eliot comes to mind:
"The golden moments in the stream of life rush past us and we see nothing but sand; the angels come to visit us, and we only know them when they are gone." I treasure the moments that each photographer has brought to my eyes.
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National Geographic has prepared a collection of "Simply Beautiful Photographs" into a nicely sized coffee table book. One of the few times, the title of a book perfectly sums up its contents.
The book is quite heavy, mainly because of the heavy stock paper and over 500 pages contained there in.
The pictures have been divided into examples portraying : light, composition, moment, time, palette and wonder. Many are a two page size, beautifully composed , with no print over them and a small description of the photographer and the place - given either on following pages or on a white border. They are stunning pictures.
Turn the pages and they can take your breath away both from form and picture and content.
This is indeed a book for lovers of beauty, of photography and the world around us.
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I was very excited when I saw this book arrived at my desk. The front and back covers are really vivid and beautiful as the book's title. However,once I truned the page over. I was very disappointed! Although the book contains a number of beautiful photos, the quality of the printing is very low. It is like looking at the book from the 70's from my parent's bookshelf. Most, if not all, photos are pale and grainy.
With printing technology today, I belive National Geographic could have done much better job, still at this reasonable price, in giving these great photos a respect they deserve. Seriuosly, my small ink jet printer at home can produce much better printing quality than what are in the book.
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Without any doubt, the book consists of beautiful photos. What displeases me, as in many other books, is that a picture fill two pages and the meeting of both the center, greatly vex the composition of the photograph by which the book was produced. I do not understand where is the art direction or production of the book not see this failure as destructive of photography. [..]
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National Geographic Simply Beautiful Photographs by Annie Griffiths will inspire all budding photographers. As an amateur photographer who has never had any training, works such as this provide not only a classroom in which to study the work of those who are professionals, but also a statement of the beauty around us providing we have the eyes to see it. With 500 pages of photographs and a minimum of text, Simply Beautiful Photographs is a generous peek at the holding of National Geographic.

The beginning of each chapter is headed by a quote from a notable person that relates to photography if not directly, then at least tangentially. Photographs are clearly labeled and provide the name of the photographer. If I have any criticism for this work it is that the date of the photograph is not provided. There are several pictures that are culturally interesting and the date might have provided some context.

Still, this is a five star book from any angle you can think of. Priced at $35 is also a plus. Normally books such as this are $50 or better.

I highly recommend.

Peace always and bless us all.
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I also found the photos in the book to be dull and murky. I'm finally fed up with all the 5 star reviews saying how fantastic this book is. I just received mine and I'm so disappointed I could cry. This is another book printed in CHINA. It was a big hope that this would be quality but pages aren't even smooth. I think Amazon needs to stated where the book is printed and National Geographic should be ashamed to put this out.
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By Peris on February 3, 2011
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I was very excited about this book after I heard Annie Griffiths comments in an interview. The book arrived and I look forward to reading more about what Annie writes on photography. That said I was very dissapointed in the quality of the printing. It is not the high quality print/photo book that I was expecting.
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