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5.0 out of 5 stars "Without Drowning in the Deep End"..., 27 Nov 2013
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John P. Jones III (Albuquerque, NM, USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: PHOTOGRAPHY THROUGH THE SEASONS - THE ULTIMATE GUIDE (POPULAR GUIDES TO GREAT PHOTOGRAPHY Book 10) (Kindle Edition)
John Doornkamp has been a photographer for half a century... ever since the days of daguerreotypes... well OK, not really that long... but for many of today's youth, film and daguerreotypes are virtually equivalent. Fortunately, he has ensured that his significant experience in the field has not become obsolete, even in the fast-evolving "tech world." He has produced 10 short books on various aspects of photography, and has published them all on Kindle, so that the photographer can readily carry the guides into the field, in this case, literally. Thus, it is easy to check if the author said it was the "F+2 rule" or was it the "F-2 rule"? Tedious details are omitted, so the hobbyist doesn't "drown" in them.

This is his tenth volume, which concerns the photography of nature throughout the seasons; well, at least three of them. Doornkamp dismisses summer as "boring," and at least in terms of landscape photography, almost certainly the most pictures are taken during that season. Therefore he commences his guide with winter, and the low angle of the light. Also, as is generally recognized, some of the best pictures are taken within the first and last hours of sunlight, so the author stresses the need for a tripod ("the golden rule") for those long exposures, and increased depths of field. In general, it is best to use a polarizing filter, which further decreases the amount of light available. And the "rule" is to increase the f-stops by 2 over the reading of the exposure meter. Winter does seem to be the author's favorite season, and he accompanies the section with 23 photographs, not all of them landscape. They include some Christmas shop photos (and the necessity of adjusting for the yellow life) as well as one indoor "still life."

Spring brings the bluebell flowers, which Doornkamp obviously loves since five of the eight pictures are of them. He discusses the difficulties of obtaining in a photo the true color of these wonderful flowers. Other photographs involve the spring mists. In addition to the technical aspects of f-stops, filters and all, the author also presents the basics of landscape composition, particularly trees. For autumn, there are eight photographs, all featuring the leaves changing color, including one taken in Vermont. My favorite landscape photograph is found in his concluding section, the autumn light in Chatsworth Park, Derbyshire. There is a useful summary, contact information for the author, and a concluding admonition to just have some fun. Well said. 5-stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Straight forward; an easy read., 2 Dec 2013
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This review is from: PHOTOGRAPHY THROUGH THE SEASONS - THE ULTIMATE GUIDE (POPULAR GUIDES TO GREAT PHOTOGRAPHY Book 10) (Kindle Edition)
This book is straight forward and easy to follow. There is a logical progression - he takes you through the seasons; what expect when and how to do it without getting distracted. A concise book - just the sort of read that I was looking for - straight to the point.
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