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5.0 out of 5 stars A Pictoral Essay: Please Save Our Jungles!, 29 July 2004
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This review is from: Jungles (Jumbo) (Hardcover)
"I . . . show jungles in their natural spendor, and their animal inhabitants with the dignity they deserve . . . to show what is at stake . . . ." -- Frans Lanting
This book contains some of the most stunning jungle photography that it has been my pleasure to see. The images contain amazing contrasts between breathtaking vistas and intricate close-ups. The contrasts continue with great use of both stillness and motion. In some cases, very fast exposures capture images that you could never see in real time with the human eye. In all these scenes, you will see incredible detail that will impress you with nature's richness.
Mr. Lanting's view is that only by knowing the jungle, can people want to save it. The whole book is designed to serve a conservationist's purpose.
You and I could spend a lifetime in the jungle and probably not see a quarter of the stunning images that are here. These photographs are the result of 20 years worth of work in trying conditions all around the world.
The photographs are grouped into four sections to emphasize elements of the jungle. Water and Light looks at the interplay of these elements with plant and animal life. Color and Camouflage looks at the contrasting needs to hide and desire to be seen for procreative purposes. Anarchy and Order surveys impressions of growth and movement. Form and Evolution shows many wonders of natural selection.
My favorites include the following:
Victoria's Crowned Pigeon
Raindrops on Leaf, Peru
Rainforest Sunrise, Borneo
Fern, Borneo
Waterfalls, Brazil
Swimming Snake, Madagascar
Palm Savannah, Brazil
Great Argus Pheasant Plumage
Nightjar, Belize
Lichen Katydid, Borneo
Scarlet Ibis Bathing
Urania Moth, Peru
Proboscis Monkey, Borneo
Mount Kinabalu, Borneo
Pitcher Plant Growth, Borneo
Chameleon, Madagascar
Tree Ferns, Australia
Butterflies on Sneaker, Peru
After you finish enjoying these marvelous color reveries of the natural world, I suggest you think about how you can help save the jungles. They offer practical benefits (like providing biological diversity, places where life-saving drugs can be found, and offsetting the carbon dioxide build-up) as well as aesthetic ones that we all should take seriously. If you can afford a donation, do that. If you can donate your time, do that. If you can help inform someone else to help, that's a wonderful thing to do as well.
Walk and act in beauty!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For fans of photography or jungles, this is a must for you, 11 Nov 2000
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Simon Guiver (Weybridge, Surrey United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Jungles (Jumbo) (Hardcover)
For anyone who has a love of photography and jungles this is the book for you. Over a period of twenty years Frans Lanting, a world, renowned and award winning nature photographer has circumnavigated the globe for photographs in remote jungles from Belize to the Congo.
Split into four distinct chapters which blend the results of his travels ('Water and Light', 'Colour and Camouflage', 'Anarchy and Order', and 'Form and Evolution') he captures the essence of the mysteries surrounding all jungles and through his patience and expertise has brought the pages alive with his vivid and sometimes breathtaking colourful photography. Each photograph fills the whole page and his style is often very colourful and expressive. He doesn't always catch them in focus but instead aims to catch the spirit of the animal, plant or scene he has chosen to depict. My personal favorite is one of an anteater sloshing through a puddle.
At this price I feel the expense is worthwhile but I can see only those interested in photography would buy a book such as this one. For this reason I would like to have seen more explanation into how he achieved such clarity and effect in his work. The book contains mainly photographs but is interspersed with minimal text to explain each chapter. There are only two pages at the back with just a mere hint of the inordinate lengths he must have taken to grab some of the shots he has presented. This leaves one with a sense of awe at his skill but a nagging feeling to obtain more knowledge somehow about his techniques. After the photographs there is a wonderful summary of each picture, which finishes off the book superbly.
Finally, there is a little plug for the welfare and preservation of jungles by offering addresses for differing organisations, which stresses the authors support but is not too extreme in its approach.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Go and buy it., 19 Feb 2001
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P. Hall (London) - See all my reviews
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Those 5 stars were not givem lightly. This book is amazing. Buy it now. If you don't know anyone worthy of buying it for, buy it for yourself.
It's beautifully presented and filled with enormous photographs which capture something of the character or spirit of the subject in unusual and non-cliched ways.
I like the toucan.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A visual delight, 13 Dec 2000
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This review is from: Jungles (Jumbo) (Hardcover)
Photographically breathtaking portraits of one of the earths most spectacular environments. A pleasure to view and I cannot think of a better book to grace any coffee table. Stunning stuff.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent, 14 Aug 2009
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Douglas Tucker (Alness Scotland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Frans Lanting: Jungles (Paperback)
This is a really good book, excellent photos throughout, highly recommended, especially considering it cost just less than £2 excluding postage, Buy the book.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent example of the Joy of Nature, 26 Aug 2006
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Frans Lanting is one of the best nature photographers -if not the best-. So, it might be no news that this book is breath-taking. But in fact it is. Since the very day I bough it, I still review it day after day and every single day I've found something new, something I haven't seen before.

I love this book. Period. It's the best book of wildlife photographs ever, and the only one you'll need. If you just can buy one book, make it be this one. I can assure you'll love it!
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning, 18 Mar 2001
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This review is from: Jungles (Jumbo) (Hardcover)
This was bought for me as a gift & is not the sort of book I would consider buying for myself. It was bought in honour of a trip I made last year to Costa Rica. The stunning photography in the book would certainly inspire me to visit more of the world's jungles!
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