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Dockers Men's D1 All the Time Khaki Slim Trousers British Khaki W34 INXL36 IN
Dockers Men's D1 All the Time Khaki Slim Trousers British Khaki W34 INXL36 IN

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good chinos. Pay attention to sizing., 16 Sept. 2013
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Chinos look very nice, slim, but not too slim nor tapered. Fabric and seams look of good quality. Very comfortable to wear all day. A very good deal for the price.
Sizing is an issue, opt for one size larger than usual both in waist and in length. I usually wear 33/34 (e.g. in Levis 501). I have a pair of Dockers D1 33/34 (bought elsewhere), which is still wearable, but the right size (the ones I got from amazon) is 34/36.
Made in Baglandesh (this may be an issue for some buyers).


The Classic 1000 Italian Recipes
The Classic 1000 Italian Recipes
by Christina Gabrielli
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of recipes, great value for money, 13 Mar. 2009
This book contains lots of recipes, including desserts and ice-creams, conveniently arranged by food type, with a helpful index at the end. It uses US, imperial and metric measures. There are only a few illustrations, some decorative black and white drawings every other page, and a few pages with color pictures interspersed through the book.

I have tried several recipes and they came out to be free from basic errors and very tasty (of course taste is a matter of taste). As a non-Italian I cannot judge their accuracy and originality though.

Minor editing errors may exist (I found at least one recipe repeated twice), as well as minor omissions (I tried hard, but didn't find pana cotta). The binding looks sturdy (but time will tell...) and overall the book has a great value for money. If you want a colorful book with many illustrations you would need to look somewhere else. If you want a simple book with lots of recipes this book is highly recommended.


Masters of Photography: A Complete Guide to the Greatest Artists of the Photographic Age
Masters of Photography: A Complete Guide to the Greatest Artists of the Photographic Age
by Reuel Golden
Edition: Paperback

32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good introductory book, 6 Feb. 2009
"Masters of Photography" contains a good introduction to the life and work of many important photographers. For each photographer, the book includes a few key facts, half a page with biographical and background info, and 3-5 typical images. With several dozens of photographers covered, the book focuses on presenting a broad number of photographers, rather than on an in-depth approach of the work of the greatest of them. This makes the book particularly suitable as a beginner's guide. I have some minor doubts on the selection of photographers (I would expect to find e.g. Josef Sudek in the book) and images presented (the images of Cartier-Bresson are not his most typical, I feel), but overall the book is fine as an introductory book and a guide for further reading. The presentation of the photographers is done in alphabetical order; personally, I would prefer some more elaborated classification (e.g. by genre). The accompanying texts are well-written and concise.

The price is attractive and the print and binding quality are good. My biggest complaint is the format of the book, which is unnecessarily small. This results in many photographs being split in two pages, which severely damages their aesthetics.

Overall, the book is a good beginner's guide to the masters of photography, with a very good value for money.
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Take Your Photography to the Next Level: From the Inspiration to Image: From the Inspiration to Image
Take Your Photography to the Next Level: From the Inspiration to Image: From the Inspiration to Image
by George Barr
Edition: Paperback
Price: £26.50

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what the title says..., 21 Jan. 2009
This book contains lots of useful advice on how to approach the act of photography, just as the product description reads. What it does not contain, is advice on how to really take better photographs. In this respect, there is an inconsistency between the title and the content.

The author, already at the beginning of the book states that this is a book about "fine-art photography". Therefore, fundamental aspects of image composition are not discussed. But then the author discusses in extensive detail other aspects of the image form, while totally neglecting the essence of fine art photography (as we know it from the great masters), which is the message of the image.

The biggest weakness of the book though, is the selection of images, all taken by the author. Displaying several dozens of colourful rocks, close-ups of streams, and overly photoshoped industrial scenes, and calling this "fine-art photography" appears to be too pretentious. I hardly found any images I wished I had taken in this book. This of course reduced my motivation to read the text. It would have been much more effective if the editor had included some of the photographs of the great masters, instead of using only the author's photographs.

The book was compiled from a series of essays originally published on the web, which leaves some noticeable traces on the writing style, which is far too personal, not a disadvantage when writing a blog, but not an advantage when writing a book.

All in all, this is a book about the author's personal approach to photography, and the author's personal experience. Although any photographer can learn a lot from the experience of others, this is neither a book with advice on how to take good photographs, nor a reference book on photography. In this respect, its target group is significantly narrower than what the title implies.


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