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Light On The Earth [Hardcover]

David Attenborough , Traci Rochester , Rosamund Kidman-Cox
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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Book Description

17 Nov 2005

A stunning collection of nature photographs: the best from 20 years of the prestigious international Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition, representing most of the world's top photographers.

This lavish, large-format book contains more than 170 photographs, covering all natural subjects, with an emphasis on beauty, colour and form, as well as unforgettable scenes of both animal behaviour and landscape, grouped in the following chapters: Illuminations, Portraits, Moments, Formations, Reflections and Connections.

Each picture is accompanied by a memorable and informative caption, and each chapter has an introduction by a famous photographer or personality, from Yann Arthus-Bertrand to Jim Brandenberg and Chris Packham. An index of photographic details is also included.


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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books (17 Nov 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563522607
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563522607
  • Product Dimensions: 26.7 x 2.4 x 32.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 565,648 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Attenborough's media career has spanned 60 years, and his extraordinary contribution to natural history broadcasting and film-making has brought him international recognition, from Life on Earth (1979) to Frozen Planet (2011). He has achieved many professional awards, honours and merits, including the CBE and OM, and was knighted in 1985.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible! 27 July 2006
Format:Hardcover
No artist's studio should be without the indescribably beautiful Light on Earth. You're bound to find something in there to cure even the most severe creative block. Unless you're a photographer, in which case steer clear; when you realise just what you've got to compete with, you'll be burning your portfolio! It's spoiled me for other books in its field - I bought "Wide Angle: National Geographic Greatest Places" at the same time and it left me cold.

Light on Earth is very well printed (I speak with some authority on the subject!), the captions insightful and its appeal is wide enough to make it the perfect reserve present to have tucked away somewhere incase you forget a birthday. Whether it ends up on a coffee table or squeezed between Kipper's Sticky Paws and The Very Hungry Caterpillar, it's going to be cherished. Even my 18 month old nephew was mesmerized.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating images 4 April 2008
By M. Hunt
Format:Hardcover
This is one of these books which, if given as a present, results in the recipient being somewhat distracted for the foreseeable future.

The pictures in it are diverse, well presented and accompanied by just the right amount of introductory text. This is a book to examine and wonder at, to browse through and remember why we ought to be treating this planet better then we do, and what we are going to lose or have already lost.

What you are not going to get from this book is the 'how', although looking at the pictures it is obvious that you need to stop getting up and going to bed at the normal time and be very patient. And probably use a tripod. And make your next birthday list one that says "long, fast lens".

It is going to give you ideas for photography, scenes, light, composition and places and things to go to , see and experience. And hours of pleasure too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful pictures 27 July 2008
Format:Hardcover
This a good book, full of wonderful photos, which you keep picking up to have another look through. Minor negative points are that having seen the past 5 exhibitions I don't think the best photos have been included, but I guess that is personal choice. The layout is also disappointing as the photos are printed landscape on a portrait page so only use half of the available space, with the description taking up as much space as the photo.
I would still recommend the book for anyone with an interest in wildlife as the pictures are fascinating.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 5 Dec 2005
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Format:Hardcover
This is a beautiful book. Every photograph is absolutely stunning. Well worth buying!
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The pictures of wild life in the book are of awe inspiring beauty. Many of them are stunning and you feel spellbound. But from the very beginning, I advise the reader to also read the text, both the essays preceding each chapter and the captions accompanying each picture for there is poetry in them too and you obtain both an insight on the merit and personal qualities of the photographer as well as the artistry behind their creations. When you view the photographs the usual feeling for the photographer is that of talent and skill and there is certainly ample of both but in addition there are strong emotions, commitment, perseverance, physical endurance, and on occasion real risk taking, even a touch of heroism.

The 170 images in the book represent a special selection of entries from 20 years of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition organized by BBC 'Wildlife Magazine' in conjunction with the Natural History Museum in London during which more than a quarter of a million images were submitted and more than two thousand were selected.

The book is organized in seven thematic chapters: 'Illuminations'; 'Moments'; 'Formations'; 'Reflections'; 'Formations'; 'Connections'; 'Compositions'; and 'Portraits'. Each chapter is preceded by an essay which gives a flavor and the passion of the artist and provides the reader with an insight as to what transforms records of Nature into art while each picture is accompanied by a caption which reveals the story and the artistry behind its creation.

I shall conclude the review by citing without additional commentary two of the captions.
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