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100 Views of the Golden Gate Hardcover – June 11, 2008
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I have had some disappointment with some of his instructional books, where he seems to put more of an emphasis on showcasing his work rather than teaching his trade. In this book, the buyer knows up front that the purpose is only to view his images and admire the beauty they have captued. "100 Views of the Golden Gate" suceeds in doing just that.
I have tried, and I have been unhappy. And now this terrific book has been published that shows that not only can a good photo be taken, but that 100 stellar shots are possible in all types of weather and from all types of vantage points.
Mirroring the style of the famous Japanese artist, Hokusai, who crafted a similar number of different views of Mount Fuji, author and photographer Harold Davis has created a masterpiece of his own with this tome. Clearly Davis knows his way around a camera and a lens, and the results are impeccable landscape images - full of color, light and at the same time amazing in their completely different renditions of the same structure. We see the Golden Gate at all hours of the day and night, and we see how no view can ever be considered the definitive view, since each view captures the landmark so differently
The text is also quite illustrative and author Davis points out many of the locales in which the photos were taken and he gives the reader a true feel for what it must be like to be out hunting with a lens with the Golden Gate as one's prey.
You are probably reading this review because you are interested in buying this book for yourself or as a gift for a family member or friend. If that is the case, I can reassure you that this will be a gift that is treasured by the recipient for the rest of their lifetime, and if they are a fan of the Bay area, it will probably be one of their all-time favorite books.
The photography throughout is simply stunning and this is one of those rare cases when the artist/author has captured the true essence of a place perfectly in both image and text.