OP Home > Gear > More Gear > 2009 Holiday Book Guide


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

2009 Holiday Book Guide

The annual OP selection of photography books for outdoor enthusiasts

This Article Features Photo Zoom

Living Landscapes: Creative Visions of the Wild by Andy Rouse (Aurum Press, 2009: ISBN: 978-1-902538-56-3). Beginning with an in-depth interview that delves into Rouse’s views on photography and how he sees it evolving, the book contains several themed portfolios of the work he shot immediately before this publication. A section called “Habitat” shows the relationships of animals and their surroundings. In “Patterns,” he reproduces images like that of an iguana’s eye or an elephant’s ears to look so abstract they require a second look. This unique book combines Rouse’s artistic eye with the beauty of the natural landscape.

National Geographic Image Collection by Leah Bendavid-Val, Michelle Anne Delaney and Maura Mulvihill (Focal Point, 2009; ISBN: 978-1-4262-0503-3). Partnering with Kodak, National Geographic presents a 500-page volume exploring the depths of its 11.5-million image archive. Covering 12 decades of world events, the book overflows with iconic imagery, from pictures of mountaineering in the Alps in the 1890s and Hiram Bingham’s images of Machu Picchu to those of Alexander Graham Bell and Albert Einstein and the first aerial, flash, night, digital, underwater and space photos.

The National Parks: Our American Landscape by Ian Shive (Earth Aware Editions, 2009; ISBN: 978-1-60109-045-4.) Shive crisscrosses the country capturing a diverse mix of images that range from the forests of Acadia National Park, Maine, and the swamps of Everglades National Park, Fla., to the wild, rugged landscape of Denali National Park, Alaska, and the clear waters of the marine sanctuary at Channel Islands National Park, California. In 2016, the U.S. National Park Service, which oversees the country’s 391 parks, will celebrate its centennial.

One Hundred Butterflies by Harold Feinstein (Little, Brown and Company, 2009; ISBN: 978-0-316-03363-3). Showcasing a wide range of butterfly species, this pictorial emphasizes the many colors and patterns that adorn the wings of these hard-to-photograph insects. In 100 oversized photographs, Feinstein gives readers a close-up view of the blue morpho of Central America, the African birdwing, the Asian swallowtail and more. Literary quotations throughout the book complement the images.

Over The Coasts: An Aerial View of Geology by Michael Collier (Mikaya Press, 2009; ISBN: 978-1-931414-42-5). Collier pilots his single-engine Cessna around the edges of thousands of miles of coastal landscapes to capture aerial views of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, the Gulf of Mexico, the Great Lakes and Alaska. Collier examines how these areas have been formed and reformed geologically over thousands of years. He also discusses how human activity, such as building too close to the shore, affects coastlines.

Photographing The West by David R. Stoecklein (Stoecklein Publishing, 2009; ISBN: 978-1-933192-64-2). This collection of 200 photos celebrates the American West, an area Stoecklein knows intimately. He has traveled in all of the Western states, visiting ranches and documenting the landscape. Among the images are anecdotes about his travels along with behind-the-scenes tips and information on his favorite photos.

The Ultimate Guide to Digital Nature Photography by The Mountain Trail Photo Team (Mountain Trail Press, 2009; ISBN: 978-0-97791-718-9). Learn from the pros in this compilation of tips and advice by some of today’s most talented nature photographers. The book offers a step-by-step approach to improving artistic vision and technical skills. Topics covered include choosing equipment, using digital functions, tips for capturing natural light, rules of composition and special effects.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Portfolio 18 by Rosamund Kidman Cox (BBC Books, 2008; ISBN: 978-1-84607-581-0). The world-famous BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition draws the best in nature photography every year. An international panel of expert judges selects the top images from more than 35,000 entries. Collected in this volume are more than 120 pictures taken from last year. Subjects and styles range from abstract nature images to portraits of animal behavior and the environment.

Windmills of the West by David R. Stoecklein and Jack Goddard (Stoecklein Publishing, 2009; ISBN: 978-1-935269-00-7). Windmills have a long heritage throughout the American West and old Mexico. In his pursuit of photographing all things Western, Stoecklein has created a tribute to these iconic structures. His images are accompanied by Goddard’s text, which traces the windmill’s history, along with humorous anecdotes and quotations.


Add Comment


Popular OP Articles