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Reefs Revealed [Hardcover]

Alex Mustard
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25 Oct 2007
This pioneering new volume of underwater photography reveals the coral reefs of the world as you have never seen them before, through revolutionary natural-light filter photography and a marine biologist's revelatory understanding of reef life behaviour. A marine scientist by training, Alex Mustard captures the natural behaviour of marine life that many divers miss. In this remarkable volume, he unveils a life-long fascination with the real lives of reef animals. Perpetually surprising, the unique images range from reefs from all around the world, including the Red Sea, Indian Ocean, Pacific, South-east Asia, Caribbean. To his peers, Alex Mustard's name has become synonymous with the new digital techniques that he has developed, and he leads the way in the use of filters in available light shooting and shooting telephoto lenses underwater.


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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Constable (25 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845296346
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845296346
  • Product Dimensions: 30.8 x 24.6 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 734,078 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'This is the best book about diving since Jacques Cousteau's The Silent World, Alex has a unique eye - this is dynamic underwater imagery at its best' --- David Doubilet Photographer-in-Residence National Geographic Magazine

'This publication marks Mustard's arrival as an underwater snapper of international importance - one of just two Brits whose work is admired all over the world.' --DIVE Magazine"

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Winnner of the Grand Prize for Best Book of Underwater Photographs 2007 at the World Festival of Underwater Images

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Photographs 1 Jan 2009
By Mum
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This is a wonderful coffee table book, full of glossy colour photos of the undersea world. There are amazing pictures of tiny creatures and corals, interspersed with the usual shark images. I was particularly impressed with the author's introductory essay which supplies insight into why he captures the images he does and makes the reader more aware of how fragile our reef ecosystems are.
All schools should have a copy of this book in their school library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Frisco 27 Dec 2009
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Not just extraordinary pictures but, mostly important, detailed and accurate information about the subjects from a very well educated marine biologist .... A must have !!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love Fish 25 Oct 2007
Format:Hardcover
I love books about fish. There is always the mystery of mermaids about where they live. The book is beautiful with pictures you can fall into. Pictures of bizarre fish, some gem like fish, some look as though they were designed by Ikea and others look hand knitted! Always very interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book - Recommended 12 Oct 2011
Format:Hardcover
I love the book, I bought it as a Christmas present for my father, as Alex is my cousin, but being so busy as he is I was not able to see him to get it signed in time!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reefs Revealed is Spectacular! 2 Mar 2008
By H. S. Williams - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Once in a decade a photographer comes along who finds a way to bring us images no one else has ever captured. Alex Mustard has taken in all the lessons of the greats who have gone before and taken underwater digital photography to the next level. If you love the ocean you simply must have this book. It is truly a impressive work. I've read it four times so far, the first time for the shear joy of the images, the second for the science and knowledge that accompanies each image, the third time I read the book last night I concentrated on the photographic details included with each image. This book is easily worth twice the price as an underwater photography lesson alone, though that's clearly not its purpose. The fourth time through it, I reveled in the way the book flows and engages the reader to turn the page to see what's next. I love the way Alex makes the case for protecting the reefs of the world without hitting people over the head with it.
Reefs Revealed won the Prix Mondial Du Livre D'Image Sous-Marine (World Prize for Underwater Photo Book) at the Antibes Festival. Dr. Mustard joins the likes of Doubilet, Newbert, Amsler, Wu and Ballesta whose books have won this coveted award. Because it's published in the UK, Amazon has not seen fit to stock it yet. Don't let the fact that Amazon doesn't stock this great book yet affect your purchase.
It's an amazing book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A master! 9 Sep 2008
By Renato Minamisava - Published on Amazon.com
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Alex Mustard is my idol. He put the art of underwater photography in another level. He teach us a new way to look the marine criatures. However I think the book design is not so good as the pictures. Sorry.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A biologist at play 14 July 2008
By Under Exposed - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
It was a delight to read this book of beautiful images and thoughtful text by marine-biologist-turned-photographer Alex Mustard. The book's title is apt; Mustard has a good eye and good technique as a photographer, and his insight into the biology makes the images and the text much more successful. Alex Mustard stands out from the crowd as someone who does not mindlessly repeat the established dogma (whether it's the rule-of-thirds or the folk science of octopus mimicry). My only complaints are about the chromatic aberration in some of those Nikon lenses, and sadly the binding on my copy of the book disintegrated fairly quickly.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful photography 23 Mar 2013
By Daniel L. Schwartz - Published on Amazon.com
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Dr Alex Mustard is an outstanding underwater macro photographer, and has produced a very nice coffee table book that both any macro photographer and any open water SCUBA diver would appreciate.
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