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Photographing the Landscape: The Art of Seeing Paperback – March 1, 1997
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This is one of the most beautiful books on photography that I own and his images taught me more than his words. He has some of the more typical landscape scenes that could be done by most competent professionals. But where Fielder stands out the most are the pictures that truly look like a complex model of math and art. He blends perfectly the elements of his trade. Photography is as much a technical craft as it is an art. To be great, you need both. Fielder is a virtual Bach of photography where he punctuates his gorgeous style with obvious control of technique.
What sets him apart from most other photographers is his style. Most of his images are not typical and clearly make use of simplicity, beautiful lines, hazy afternoons. He doesn't rely on perfect buttermilk clouds to paint a photograph for him. He uses the soft folds of a hill on a cloudy day or the sheer layers of a clear sunrise on a beach to make his pictures. He doesn't need much to turn his world in a vivid piece of artwork captured precisely on his large format.
His writing style is very much like his photographs. Simple and concise. Though at times, I did wish he would explain some concepts a bit more in depth. Mostly though, he uses his images as an example of what to do or what not to do.
He writes how he learned photography by taking pictures and then comparing them to the best (Ansel Adams and Eliot Porter). His own photographs have set a precedent, a standard beyond many landscape photographers could even dream.Read more ›
If you have read any of Galen's books, you'll know that you literally have to mine for the relevant info in the midst of his philosophies and the accounts of his stories.
This one is closer to the idea of a how-to book and quite similar to John Shaw's style.
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Was written before digital photography but the principals of good photography are the same. An excellent book for any beginner or intermediate photographer.Published 21 months ago by John O Oliver
this has great tips on photographing and of course beautiful photos by John Fielder. It is my gift to myself!Published on December 4, 2013 by Libby Peevy
As usual, his A+ job of taking us step by step through the art of landscape photography. Thank you, John, guess we'll have to make you an adopted Native now as you show us yet... Read morePublished on July 30, 2013 by Peter Will
I bought this hardcover edition for a photography class. Did not realize that it was not the latest edition and thus it did not have the additional digital sections included. Read morePublished on July 13, 2013 by XPLSV
This product is a sad piece of work. A 10yr old with a digital camera could have taken more creative, better quality pictures. Read morePublished on March 16, 2013 by jess
Fielder's book provides the basics, at best, for those who don't already have some technical knowledge related to the art & science of photography. Read morePublished on January 22, 2011 by OutdoorsColorado
Colorado is at saturation point with Fielder's books, calendars etc. Whenever I picked one up in a bookshop I would think, "yeah, nice" and put it back with all the other pretty... Read morePublished on August 27, 2007 by Robbie
I saw John Fielder at a public event and I was impressed with his matter of fact work flow model. This book lays it all out. Its a great how to resource.Published on May 30, 2007 by Donald R. Stark
What a great help this book is to learn to see, visualize and capture the panorama and the detail in landscape photography. Read morePublished on May 22, 2005 by Just Jayne