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  • 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 (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By T.R on 16 Dec. 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book is a portfolio of the best moments from the Planet earth series.It covers everything from the great sands to the shallow seas.11 different sections in total.I recieved it as a birthday gift and couldnt be more pleased with it. The photos are absolutely stunning and at times thought provoking.The lone polar bear surrounded by melting sea ice really did move me.I have looked at the photos time and time again and they are still as special as when i first saw them.If you love wildlife photography then i can't see how you could not enjoy this.Faultless.
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I mostly agree with the other reviewers. Indeed, the 'images' in this book are quite spectacular. However, its print quality is not as excellent as the images deserve - but just reasonably good. Nonetheless, the book's small size, is my main gripe.

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.
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This book, an accompaniment to the TV series, is packed with photos and has only very limited explanatory text.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kees on 15 Jan. 2013
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The content of this book was great, pity that the cover was not that neat as could be taken from the description. If a book is used and it is that visible, please be honest in description managing my expectation right.
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I bought this book as a present but actually wanted to keep it for myself! The photography in it is breath-taking and captures such unqiue shots of animals all over the world. The commentry with it is also really interesting and in a way, quite emotive - you find yourself thinking about the world, and how people's, including your own, everyday life effects it. Every time you pick it and have a flick through, you find a photo you haven't seen before! It really is a beautiful book and I would recommend it to anyone.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr R Vasudev on 30 May 2008
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This book describes the Earth in its truest sense, Not what we see every day, but what we should see and help protect.!! A spectacle. It appeals to every human soul, A delight to read it over and over again.

Recommended now and for generations to come..
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By platypuss on 31 Dec. 2011
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Bought Planet Earth as a gift, but nearly kept it myself as the still photographs from the television series are just amazing. It makes you realise that man is in danger of destroying for ever so much that is both breathtakingly beautiful but also at times violent and dangerous. A fantastic book, and was gratefully received as a present by someone who had not seen the programmes.
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A tie in book to the BBC series of the same name. This is a collection of the best still images and some from the high definition film of all the locations and animals that they showed on the programme.

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.
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