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Remote Exposure: A Guide to Hiking and Climbing Photography [Hardcover]

Alexandre Buisse
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25 April 2011

Though many hikers and climbers carry cameras with them, they often come away feeling disappointed because their images fail to visually translate their experiences. In Remote Exposure Alexandre Buisse goes beyond the mere basics of photography and gives you the tools needed to create images that are not only of good technical quality but that are compelling as well.

This book will guide you through the various options for equipment, since the requirement for lightweight gear that is able to withstand cold, adverse weather conditions presents unique challenges. Learn about the importance of having an efficient carrying system and a logical, planned workflow.

Throughout the book you will find advice on where to point your camera and how to compose a strong image. Included are specific requirements for rock climbing, hiking, mountaineering, and camping. More advanced photographic topics are also covered such as digital capture and optimization techniques like high dynamic range imaging (HDRI), panoramic stitching, and how to achieve excellent results without a tripod.

The pages are filled with over 100 stunning images captured by Buisse as he hiked and climbed through mountain ranges on three continents. Photographers of all levels and those who just appreciate beautiful images are sure to be inspired by this book.
Foreword by Cory Richards (member of the historic climbing expedition that reached the summit of Gasherbrum II in winter).

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  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Rocky Nook; 1 edition (25 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933952652
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933952659
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 21.8 x 21.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 377,363 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Alexandre Buisse was born in Lyon, France. Growing up there meant frequent trips to the Alps, often to the Chamonix valley, which planted the seeds for his love of the mountains. Ironically, it wasn’t until he moved to flat Scandinavia that, pushed by a friend, he took up climbing. He has since traveled and climbed on four continents and in most major world ranges.

Alexandre began taking a serious interest in photography in 2005—just in time for his 20th birthday—and hasn’t put his camera down ever since. His initial motivation was to record and share the wonderful views that he encountered while hiking in the French Alps and, later, on his mountaineering expeditions. Though he also shoots in urban environments, his heart decidedly lies with nature and adventure photography.

He currently lives in Denmark, where he is switching careers from academic research to full-time adventure photography; he plans to move back to France soon.

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2.0 out of 5 stars shared frustrations 29 May 2013
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I shared many other reviewers frustrations about this book. It is well put together and the author is obviously very passionate about his subject matter. However, his approach to this kind of photography, which I actually endorse- keep everything really simple, plan well and be careful - is hard to elaborate much on in detail without resorting to trivial common sense statements, making the purpose of this book as any kind of manual, rather dubious. It is also clear that much of the detail of his post production is glossed over- for example you could easily write a whole chapter on effective ways to monochrome a digital image in Photoshop to best effect but he barely mentions it despite showing a lot of monochrome images.

In its secondary function as a 'coffee table' book, it also lets the reader down. There are too few full page images and many are pointlessly small. There is hardly any narrative explanation of the images and MOST frustratingly it doesn't have any information about the shots themselves, either aperture, focal length, et cetera or what time of day, what sort of camera, how he had anchored himself, whether he had to get permissions etc. This is particularly remiss as most of this information is captured in the camera metadata, so he wouldn't even have had to note it down.

So in short it's sort of half baked and neither one thing or the other. I suspect he'd be better off writing a straightforward climbing book using his photos to illustrate his obviously varied and impressive climbing lifestyle, or a much more technical guide to post production, large format work etc.

Was going to give it three stars but on reflection I'll give it two.
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I had no idea what to expect with this publicaion and purchased via Amazon without reading the many reviews. I have just discovered a total love of Fell walking and a bit of climbing for good measure. My real passion has always been landscape photography and so expected a great book full of fabulous climbing and high altitude photographs....

This fine publication did not once disappoint on the fine art photography front. Very beautiful and technically fabulous photographs throughout. My only criticism has been covered on previous reviews and relates to the lack of technical details for each photograph i.e. Camera/lens employed. Aperture, shutter speed etc.

A great coffee table publication full of fine photographs and lots of great ideas to further your technique. A beginner might struggle a bit as this book expects the reader to have mastered the very basics of camera operation. So many positives far outway any negatives however. Beautiful book and very good quality. Happy days.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Too Basic by far 7 July 2011
By Stephan Wiesner - Published on
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The author claims that the book is for people who know about stuff like aperture - and then goes on for half the book about the advantages of an DSLR vs. a handheld camera (only the basics, not even "secret stuff") and that it is important to think about batteries and memory cards (surprise).
The only interesting stuff here is a list of things he takes on a photo tour. Thanks for that, but a few sentences would have covered that.

The second part of the book is about taking outdoor pictures, but again, only basic stuff. Veeery basic, like a list containing items like "open your camera bag" . . . "close your camera bag". Thanks for that checklist, knew I was missing something :-(

Finally the pictures: The book (thin book) contains a lot of pictures, mostly taken in the mountains. In my personal opinion: Some are good, most are average at best (especially the climbing pictures), none are exceptionally good, though they are taken in interesting places. This is only my personal opinion.
The real critic however is this: There is no information about how the picture was taken. No aperture, no time of day, no info about why he took it the way he did, no nothing. Are they just to show he was there? What am I to learn from them?
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Book - Could Have Been Great! 30 Nov 2011
By Nick D - Published on
Alexandre Buisse's climbing and hiking photography book, Remote Exposure, had the potential to be a stunning treatise on the genre of outdoor photography OR a stunning coffee table book of mountain photographs that this accomplished photographer had taken. Instead it is a little of both. First, the technical details of all the photographs are missing, something that should have been included in my opinion. The photographs themselves are worthy of being printed in a larger format book (maybe with technical details in a glossary in the back)and I enjoyed looking at them. Second, many of the tips that the author gives the reader are useful and practical, but he merely skims the surface again on technical details, despite starting out the book by stating that the book is not for the beginning photographer. Instead it is aimed at the enthusiast outdoor climber or hiker who already knows his camera. BUT .. then he has a section on the merits of compact cameras v. SLR's etc. I feel enthusiasts already know this stuff. And so, in the end, it is a slimmed down coffee table book with a few interesting tips and observations. I was left with the feeling of "coulda been great ..." As a past president of the Arkansas Outdoor Photography Club (AOPC), I am happy to recommend this book for its images, maybe not so much as a "guide" to outdoor photography.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Remote Exposure: A Guide to Hiking and Climbing Photography 3 May 2011
By Terrance Parker - Published on
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I ordered this book, like I have countless others. What I have always looked for is not the technical aspects of camera equipment and settings, but experienced and tried methods of being able to take pictures in my primary passion of being outdoors. To me, photography is a tertiary reason for being outdoors and it is a hobby, not the passion. The author is spot on regarding accessibiltiy and types of equipment to take in order to make photography a part of the outdoor experience. The later chapters are very concise rule of thumb reviews for taking pictures. I will be able to donate all my other outdoor photography books and create shelf space by just retaining this one. I highly recommend this book for the kit DSLR crowd that understands the basics of digital camera technology and are not part of the tripod crowd waiting for the perfect outdoor lighting (although I do enjoy those pictures - but have no patience and desire to create them).
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Passionate with inspiring & exciting adventure photos! 22 April 2011
By Lovey Harwood - Published on
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Over the years I've purchased many publications on photography but the one that I enjoy the most is recently released Remote Exposure by Alexandre Buisse. I ordered this book back in October of 2010 and eagerly awaited its arrival. I was not disappointed. This book, by far, is the most comprehensive book on hiking and climbing photography. Beautifully illustrated with photos, I could not put this book down. I've even read and re-read the Foward and Introduction chapters as well as they serve as both informative and inspirational. If you're a hiking and climbing fanatic like me who loves photography, you'll appreciate all the photography techniques geared specifically towards mountaineering, hiking and climbing. Each chapter spans a specific topic from motivation to equipment, to workflow and advanced digital photography techniques. And Buisse's photos are truly inspirational. There are over 100 photos depicting his hikes and climbs throughout three continents. I highly recommend this book; for those that love beautiful wilderness and outdoor images, as well as for those who love mountaineering, hiking and climbing and want to preserve those memories through photography.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cameras Don't Take Great Pictures 4 May 2011
By Mark Smith - Published on
I have been long dismayed by authors who quip: "Cameras don't take great pictures, photographers do." Yet all of their examples are taken with pro gear. This did little to inspire me. Anyone reading "Remote Exposure" is in for a real treat. On one hand you will see and learn how Mr. Buisse's technique captures the heart and soul of the outdoors -- particularly the mountains. On the other Mr. Buisse unabashadly reveals an approach to gear that he uses which is practical and -- better yet -- financially accessible to the vast majority of photography enthusiasts. Appropriate gear [not pro gear] is what he used to produce the inspiring photographs in this book. The explanation is simple: climbing in particular requires minimal weight. Pro gear is heavy and not a practical option so you need to REALLY understand that capturing the image lives in how you do it.

This book is one of those must haves for anyone in love with the outdoors, photography, packing light, and into photography for the joy of it. A down-to-earth-approach and practical tips round out this fantastic book. I now feel comfortable that my biggest photographic constraint lives in me, not my gear.
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