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5.0 out of 5 stars After reading this book, you will want to run right out and start photographic waterdrops yourself., August 13, 2012
This review is from: Photographing Waterdrops: Exploring Macro Worlds with Harold Davis (Paperback)
I have never, previously, photographed waterdrops. I've seen some images of waterdrops, of course, but never had much desire to make any such images myself. That changed about 5 pages into Mr. Davis' new book, "Photographing Waterdrops."

The images in this book are just spectacular, and I think will serve as an inspiration for anyone with an interest in photographing waterdrops, and for any who, like me, was not interested in doing so until now. The images are accompanied by text that is well written and easy to understand, and Mr. Davis' enthusiasm is evident throughout, as is his obvious talent in this photographic genre. With an image on virtually every page, there are more than enough examples of waterdrop photography to give the reader a comprehensive view of what can be accomplished.

In contrast to some of Mr. Davis' other books, this is not an instruction manual, even though each image is accompanied by the "specifications" of its capture - lens focal length, ISO, etc. There is an interesting description of the life cycle of waterdrops, discussion of some of the problems encountered in photographing in different settings, and some discussion of the gear involved, but (unfortunately) there is not a detailed description of the specifics of capturing these images nor are there "setup" pictures as has become common in many photorgraphy books today. That being said, this book was not intended as an instruction manual, but rather and as a source of inspiration, and in that regard it performs admirably. Being a gear-head, I always like to learn what other photographers are using in their craft, and while this book is limited in that regard, I did learn the importance of extension tubes, which, of course, I now have to purchase.

In full disclosure, I was offered a review copy of this book direct from the publisher. However, the copy shipped to me was damaged in heavy rainfall after being left outside by the postman. As soon as I started leafing through the decidedly waterlogged pages, I decided to buy a replacement copy myself so that I would have an undamaged copy. The images are that good. Fortunately, the Mr. Davis arranged for me to get a second undamaged copy, and that has joined my other "coffee table books."

Even if you have no interest in photographing waterdrops yourself, you will enjoy this book immensely for the the beautiful images - and you might just find yourself, as I have, suddenly interested in making some of those images yourself. Highly recommended.
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