- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: BBC Books (4 Oct. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1846073464
- ISBN-13: 978-1846073465
- Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 3.2 x 21.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 172,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Planet Earth: The Photographs Hardcover – 4 Oct 2007
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A stunning photography book featuring the best images from the BBC's ground-breaking natural history series, Planet Earth
About the Author
Alastair Fothergill studied zoology at the University of Durham and made his first film, on the Okavango, while still a student. Alastair joined the BBC Natural History Unit in 1983, working on The Really Wild Show, Wildlife on One and the series The Trials of Life. He was appointed head of the unit in 1992, and during his tenure he produced the award-winning series Life in the Freezer. In June 1998 he stood down to concentrate on his role as series producer of the hugely successful The Blue Planet. He has also presented several television programmes, including The Abyss, and is the author of four books, including Planet Earth: As You've Never Seen It Before.
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What on earth were they thinking of to produce a book of such beautiful imagery in a book which is smaller than an LP record's sleeve!? That's quite an unforgivable error: For this book deserves at least fourteen inches X fourteen inches. Instead it's only under nine inches by nine inches; which is, frankly, a ridiculously small size for a book which really should show off its many great images in all their splendour! Now, notice how I've repeatedly used the word 'images'? Well, sometimes when viewing this book, I can't help thinking that it often comes across as a series of stills from the moving film footage, rather than a series of individual still photos which were taken on a separate top end SLR with pro SLR (as opposed to pro video) lenses.
So, I can only imagine this book may be so small because many of the images/photos might have been lifted from moving film footage - and accordingly, if the book had been any larger, too much grain would have been apparent. Even as it stands, the levels of grain in the photos/images is not always acceptable, in my opinion. Alas, that is something I'd have liked other reviewers to have mentioned before I bought it sight unseen.
Also, for photographers, do not think of purchasing this book in the hope of your expecting to find all kinds of technical setups (aperture, shutter speed, exposure settings etc.) for they are not to be found. Instead, think of it as a book of photographs for a wide audience, rather than as a book about photography, for a specialist audience.Read more ›
The photos, for the most part, are stunning but they lose impact by being small and often spread over 2 pages. This could have been a superb book that would have graced any bookshelf or coffee table but the small, square format just does not do the pictures justice. The quality of the images just about saves this book being a complete disaster.
I find it annoying that the brilliance of the photographers has been treated in this derogatory manner and feel that BBC Books are pulling a bit of a fast one here and cashing in on the TV series with little regard for the customer.
Recommended now and for generations to come..
The images are exquisite. These is a little explanation of each of the pictures, and this is kept very small, giving more room for the pictures.
It should be a larger size, it deserves to be full coffee table size;
And not all of the pictures had descriptions.
Despite these two issues, I am ordering more, it will be my standard barmitzvah present
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Beautfilul book, arrived as expected. SLight teat to dust cover, which was disappointing as i wanted it for a gift.Published 2 months ago by lorraine mackintosh
The photos are gorgeous as you would expect.
However the paper quality is thin and the print quality lacks vibrance. Read more
It was for my daughter. She is very happy with it. Easy to pick up and just take in pictures without lots of written info.Published 12 months ago by Mrs K S Tulk