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Wheat Kings: Vanishing Landmarks of the Canadian Prairies Paperback – 6 Jul 2006


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  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Boston Mills Press (6 July 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 155046423X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1550464238
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 1 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,062,642 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Wheat Kings is a eulogy for a dying way of life...McDonnell has done a wonderful job of preserving a vanishing era. ... The small sections of prose in this volume are beautifully written, and I wish there were more of them.

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Greg McDonnell's writing and photography have been praised by rail enthusiasts across North America. Each new book by Greg McDonnell is a major event in the large railfan community, and Boston Mills Press is proud to be his publisher. Greg is a featured columnist for "Trains" magazine. His acclaimed large-format pictorials include "Canadian Pacific," "Signatures in Steel," "Heartland," "U-Boats: General Electric's Diesel Locomotives," and "Passing Trains." He is currently at work on a new book and overseeing a Masters of Railway Photography book series for Boston Mills Press. He lives with his wife and three sons on the edge of a ravine overlooking the Canadian Pacific Railway's Orr's Lake Hill.

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By Robin Benson TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Oct 2009
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Greg McDonnell's name on this book was enough justification for me to buy a copy. I bought a couple of his train books years ago, in particular 'Signatures in Steel' (ISBN 0773725547) which is all about freight trains in Canada. To my mind he is one of the few professional photographers who can't take a bad shot and 'Wheat Kings' is full of beautifully compositions. It's his knack of framing the center of interest in such a way that you get pulled into photo and the really neat thing is its not obvious. No need for crazy angles, saturated colour or other gimmicks because he captures scenes that are fascinating within themselves.

On page forty-nine there's a shot of some shovels, a brush some mini posters pinned to a wooden wall, dusty floorboards, wooden upright posts and rich deep shadows. It couldn't be simpler yet I love that shot, it just works. The book is full of this kind of visual creativity. Most of the photos are exterior ones with the extraordinary angular elevators standing, rather incongruously, in the open prairie and Mcdonnell says in the text that many of those shown throughout the book have been pulled down in favor of efficient, huge concrete units.

The interesting text, photos, layout all come together to make this a lovely tribute to the disappearing Canadian prairie scene and Greg McDonnell's photos couldn't be better.
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Great photos 9 July 2005
By Mr. J. C. O'Donoghue - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is essentially a collection of very poignant photos, since many of the grain elevators will have been demolished by now. The praries will be a whole lot lonelier with their absence. The text is fairly short, but informative. If you love the prairies, you'll love this book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The prairie elevator gets the McDonnell treatment 8 Oct 2009
By Robin Benson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Greg McDonnell's name on this book was enough justification for me to buy a copy. I bought a couple of his train books years ago, in particular Signatures in Steel which is all about freight railroading in Canada. To my mind he is one of the few professional photographers who can't take a bad shot and Wheat Kings is full of beautifully compositions. It's his knack of framing the center of interest in such a way that you get pulled into photo and the really neat thing is its not obvious. No need for crazy angles, saturated color or other gimmicks because he captures scenes that are fascinating within themselves.

On page forty-nine there's a shot of some shovels, a brush some mini posters pinned to a wooden wall, dusty floorboards, wooden upright posts and rich deep shadows. It couldn't be simpler yet I love that shot, it just works. The book is full of this kind of visual creativity. Most of the photos are exterior ones with the extraordinary angular elevators standing, rather incongruously, in the open prairie and Mcdonnell says in the text that many of those shown throughout the book have been pulled down in favor of efficient, huge concrete units.

The interesting text, photos, layout all come together to make this a lovely tribute to the disappearing Canadian prairie scene and Greg McDonnell's photos couldn't be better.

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Excellent photography 20 May 2014
By Wayne Parsons - Published on Amazon.com
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Photos of existing and removed grain elevators, along with just the right amount of text, make this an excellent book for anyone interested in the Canadian wheat growing regions or railroads. The book had good information and photos about the railroads that passed by the grain elevators and how grain shipment by rail was handled. Wheat Kings explained how the grain elevators work and included photos of the antique two cycle gasoline engine used to run the belts. Text revealed details such as how a lazy elevator operator could cause the structure to lean if he did not keep the grain levels balanced between the bins.
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