Customer Reviews

10
4.5 out of 5 stars
5 star
7
4 star
2
3 star
0
2 star
1
1 star
0
Your rating(Clear)Rate this item


There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.

19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 23 October 1998
Like Galen Rowell, I am a professional photographer specialising in landscape and mountain subjects. Also like him, I am what is sometimes called 'self-taught'- which, of course, means we never took college courses in photography, but have learned from many people, both in person and from books. (Has there been a genuinely self-taught photographer since Fox Talbot?) In my case, one of the most- perhaps the most- significant books has been 'Mountain Light'. There are other photographers who are as good as Galen Rowell, but very few who can write so clearly and illuminatingly about the creative and technical processes involved. Ansel Adams, of course, is the towering exception, but he was principally concerned with black and white large format photography. Galen Rowell speaks directly to those who work in colour and with smaller cameras. Adams is essential reading, but so is Galen Rowell.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 12 August 1997
If you're a photographer, you owe it to yourself to read this book. The images are beautiful, but the text! That ties together the images. The matter of fact description of amazing feats that Galen Rowell had to go through to get those pictures just takes your breath away!
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 3 January 2008
By combining his superb gift for photography with his clear understanding of light, Galen shares a deep insight into what it takes to create stunning mountain photographs. Be warned that this is not a 'how to' manual but rather an exploration of light of how we, and ultimately our cameras, perceive it. The repro is beginning to date but the images, and the writing, remain breathtaking. Simply superb.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 14 February 2009
This is the best book on photography I've ever read. Forget those 'How-to do stuff with your digital camera' type books, this one is timeless. Rowell starts with an incredible photo and describes how it came to be, both how and why he was at that place in that moment in time, and the technical details of the photo. These are not complete, he only gives the most relevant info, like the fact he used small aperture for lots of depth-of-filed, etc.

A must have for all photographers.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 5 March 2012
Mountain Light: In Search of the Dynamic Landscape A duel purpose book that contains fantastic pictures plus an explanation on how they were taken so that you can attempt to achieve a similar result. Looks great on the coffee table for its pictures or on the bookshelf amongst your how to take better pictures books.

Any book by Galen Rowell is worth its money and will never disappoint.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
on 9 June 2010
The book contains both pictures and text.
Pictures are stunning, but text, beeing nice, is more about photographer than about photography.
The most important thing I have learned is the importance of ligth in nature and mountain photography (which is an important knowlege)
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
on 12 March 2011
Well written and with superb illustrations. This is a classic book and all photographers of the landscape and especially mountains should read and hopefully own it!
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 6 September 1999
Galen presents a very honest and enlightening account of his approach to photography. Two things would make the book 5 stars: 1) He mentions taking photos of people as much as those of landscapes but the book has few people photos (photos not quite matching text). 2) His best insights (like the angle of the sun required to see rainbows or really green grass) are too sparse in the book.
Overall, this is a very good book and it seems to me those who think Galen is off in his own ego have no better way to compare Galens talents to their own.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
on 24 April 2015
Love this book :-) I read it many years ago and I have bought it as a present for a friend.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
1 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 2 August 1999
This beautifully illustrated book is an ode to Rowell's favorite subject, himself. Rowell does not miss an opportunity to remind us of his talent and cleverness, rather than allowing the photographs to speak for themselves. Secondary to this self-indulgence are Rowell's superb pictures (only the few photos showing none other than Rowell himself in the ubiquitous "conqueror" pose miss the mark). Unfortunately, the ego-building text detracts from the photographs' beauty, and the book as a whole. Get this book only if you like looking at pretty pictures.
11 commentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
     
 
Customers who viewed this item also viewed

Retrospective, A: A Retrospective
Retrospective, A: A Retrospective by Galen Rowell (Hardcover - 1 Sept. 2006)

Landscape Photography Workshop, The
Landscape Photography Workshop, The by Ross Hoddinott & Mark Bauer (Paperback - 14 Dec. 2012)
£14.39
 
     

Send us feedback

How can we make Amazon Customer Reviews better for you?
Let us know here.

Sponsored Links

  (What is this?)
  -  
Lowest price on generators Guaranteed. Visit us today