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Waves [Hardcover]

Steve Hawk

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25 Mar 2005
Stunning full-color photographs capture the transformative power, beauty, and many faces of the ocean wave, from a quiet trickle across tropical sand to a wild slam of storm surf against an Oregon cliff. 20,000 first printing.


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Steve Hawk is a journalist and lifelong wave-rider. He lives near Half Moon Bay, California.

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Anyone who has ever felt the punch of a breaking wave understands viscerally, although perhaps not intellectually, that he is toying with energy in its most fundamental form. Read the first page
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4.0 out of 5 stars A brief comment 6 Nov 2005
By magellan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is a very beautiful photo book on a very specialized topic--the photos are exclusively those of ocean waves. There aren't even any surfers in the photos, although there is one or two with a pod of dolphins, and various backdrops are sometimes used, but the waves themselves are truly the protagonists in most of the pictures. The photos show surfing and beach locations all over the world, including famous places like Weimea Bay in Hawaii as well as those I was less familiar with, such as the location in Tahiti, which has very beautiful waves and was featured in a number of the photos.

One striking aspect of the photos is how much the colors of the waves vary, from light sky-blue to a deep marine and saphire blue to a dark, mossy green color. I don't know if this is more from the light or the type of photo emulsion used, or both, but just the spectrum of color possibilities is as varied and diverse as the waves themselves. Not all the waves are big; some are just beautifully shaped or symmetrical, or they are shot with an interesting subject in the background or foreground--such as the one showing San Francisco's Ocean Beach with a lone wave breaking in the background.

This book will be of interest to anyone who appreciates nature photography or the beauty and power of the sea, as reflected in the awesome power of the waves themselves. The text is well written and there is even a brief discussion of the physics of waves and how the power in mechanical foot-pounds of a wave can be calculated, which was developed by a famous oceanographer. (Most of the text isn't nerdy though). :-)
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Photos 11 Jan 2007
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I bought this book because I saw it for sale when I was in Hawaii, but didn't want to carry it home with me and risk the chance of it getting banged up in transit. The photos are beautiful. The only thing I don't like about this book is that some of the photos run from one page to the next, which means that there's a big crease down the center of some of the really great photos. It's a great coffee table book, especially for those of us who live far from the ocean and need a reminder of its beauty.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 'Behold the Sea Itself...' 9 Dec 2006
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Walt Whitman's strophe to the ocean could well be applied to this exciting book that captures the noise, the majesty, and the seduction of the sea - with a special emphasis on the waves. Writer Steve Hawk is a committed wave-rider and has collected a varied group of photographs of the challenging waves that seem at once threatening and exhilarating: the viewer can easily imagine the constant call of the sea to surfers within these pages.

Just as there is an infinite variety of ocean waves, both at sea and as the waves meet the shore, so is there a spectrum of photographs here, photographs that surprise not only in the obvious challenge of those who captured them, but also in the spectrum of colors that light and wind and mists alter their beauty and majesty. The photographers include the well known such as Art Brewer, Wayne Levin, Jeff Divine, Wayne Levin, and Joel Meyerowitz as well as lesser well-known but equally impressive artists. The locations for the photographs are from all around the planet and the variation in the quality of light and perspective is beautifully related to these different vistas.

For the most part Hawk allows the images to speak for themselves, but being a journalist he also interjects some interesting facts and poetry that variably enhance the book. WAVES is a must-have book for those already committed to the sea, but it is also a fine volume of images for those who continue to marvel at the power of nature. Grady Harp, December 06
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Wave Energy Comes Right Off the Pages 21 Aug 2008
By Elliot Malach - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
You can actually feel the energy of the waves in some of these shots coming right off the pages. There are some very awesome shots - unusual angles, colors, and just plain spectacular.

Great coffee table book. That's where mine stays, and I still pick it up and flip through it when I'm on the phone.

Mother Nature makes a great model to work with.
3.0 out of 5 stars Not in great condition 27 Jun 2014
By Kim S - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The book was used but it was rated in good condition. The cover was all dirty with spots all over it and the book was chewed up on the sides. I think it was much more than gently used. It's a coffee table book but there is no way I'd put this on anyone's coffee table.
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