- Hardcover: 360 pages
- Publisher: DK Publishing; Har/DVD edition (August 20, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 075663122X
- ISBN-13: 978-0756631222
- Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 1.4 x 11.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.9 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #823,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reef Hardcover – August 20, 2007
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. This brilliant photographic compilation by small Malaysian-based diving collective ScubaZoo introduces the ecology of oceanic reefs, both temperate and tropical. Though technological advances and the devastation of global reefs have spurred many experienced diver-photographers to publish photo collections, the dazzling photography in this one stands out dramatically, as does its inclusion of images made simultaneously by still and video photographers (the book includes a DVD.) The photographs allow close study of coral, fish, crustaceans and many other enchanting creatures, while the video shows the vivid activity of the reef habitat. The helpful text provides a solid introduction to reef ecology, divided into reef landscapes, their inhabitants' survival behaviors, conservation issues and a broader look at reefs worldwide. The sole problem with the book is the lack of scale indications: it's hard to tell if a given animal is minute or enormous. But this is a small quibble: the book provides an excellent introduction to fragile reef ecosystems. (Sept.)
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"Color bursts forth like confetti from each page of this stunning visual adventure...highly recommended." -- The Alternative Consumer
"This beautiful book is filed with gorgeous photographs...Scubazoo...has done a magnificent job of portraying the reef community." -- Library Journal
"[A] brilliant photographic compilation...dazzling." -- Publishers Weekly (STARRED review)
"[A] unique pictorial celebration." -- Advanced Diver magazine
Top Customer Reviews
This oversized book is a photography frenzy: crystal sharp focus, vibrant colors, and close-ups that surpass the ability of the human eye to see this level of detail unaided.
It's like the ocean is an alien world. Do you think those sea creatures have the same feeling about us?
Highlights: close-up of a tiger shark's face. All those pigmy seahorses. The little things made big. THE COLORS!
The book comes with an additional disk of photographs. Even the book jacket is beautiful (it has a three dimensional look and feel).
Enjoy, and protect the ocean.
I'm so inspired by these photos and I'm also impressed by the identification, common and scientific names, of all of the creatures featured. The site where each photograph was taken is also listed, along with information on the behavior or other characteristics displayed in the photos. I would have loved to have this book available last year when diving in Indonesia. We had some ID books, but nothing compared to this. Unfortunately it would be a bit cumbersome to carry along on a dive trip as it's more suitable for a coffee table, but I look forward to using this resource for identifying marine life photographed upon my return from upcoming dive trips. The DVD that comes with it is also an excellent bonus!
As I mentioned, the photography is superb. And as an added bonus, this book includes an incredible DVD full of beautiful video.
I was so impressed with this book that I have purchased 27 more of them to give as gifts this Holiday season. A GREAT book, incredible pictures, and the price is unbelievable.
In spite of that I am glad I purchased it since it is beautifully illustrated and a
great addition to my library.
You could literally take most of the pages of this book, frame them and put them on the wall for display. That's how good the photography is!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great picture book and DVD of reefs. Recommend anyone looking to see amazing reef photos to get this bookPublished on August 13, 2014 by batman414
Beautiful pictures. I adapt the details for my art hobby painting. The very reasonable price made it affordable for me.Published on June 5, 2014 by Melusine
exactly was i ordered ,love it and the price i got it for
this book was in excellent condition
Thank you it will make a wonderful addition to our book case
I received this at my request on my Wish List for my birthday...love the U/W photography! I've recently started diving (2008) and have become enamored with the art of photography,... Read morePublished on September 18, 2011 by Amazon Customer
Really love the variety of sea life in this book and have enjoyed sharing it with others. Beautifully done images of challenging subject matter. Read morePublished on June 14, 2010 by D. E. Webb