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In the Footprints of Wainwright Hardcover – 1 Sep 2005
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'high quality book, amazing images . . . not simply a picture book, a great read. Great stuff.' -- Cumbria Life, December 05
more than a memoir of a unique personality, it is also a gentle masterclass in the art of landscape photography -- Cumbria Life, December 2005
About the Author
Derry Brabbs is regarded as one of England's finest photographers within the sphere of heritage and landscape, with over twenty illustrated books to his credit. His stunning colour photographs for the worldwide best-seller James Herriot's Yorkshire contributed to its success. His seven books with Wainwright were: Fellwalking with Wainwright, Wainwright on the Pennine Way, Wainwright's Coast to Coast Walk, Wainwright in Scotland, Wainwright on the Lakeland Mountain Passes, Wainwright's Favourite Lakeland Mountains and Wainwright in the Valleys of Lakeland.
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Brabbs' in a witty and engaging style recounts how he battled the elements to capture perfect images of the Lakeland mountains, Pennine Way, the Coast to Coast Walk and Scotland, guided by Wainwright's notes. The book is sumptuously illustrated with Brabbs' stunning photographs, some of which have appeared in the earlier publications, though most are new.
The photographs alone are reason enough to purchase this book and any budding landscape photographer keen to develop their skill will do well to study these images and marvel at Brabbs' mastery of the subject.
The book is of larger format with better production standards than the previous publications; I have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending it.
This book appealed to me in three different ways : first of all the photos were absolutely stunning and reminded me of the places I have visited such as the Langdales and Slater's Bridge as well as giving me plenty of ideas of where to go next.
Secondly the photographic advice was at just the right level for me : not overly technical or long-winded, just a few simple sentences describing the considerations Mr Brabbs took into account when he took the photo. e.g. "This shot of cliff scenery near Robin Hood's Bay was enhanced by the effect of low early morning sun on the foreground and the rest of the frame remaining dark".
And finally, a really pleasant unexpected bonus for a book of this type, the narrative was a joy to read and very witty. Anybody who manages to include the joke about the Fukawe Pygmy tribe in their book gets my vote !
I was given this book as a Christmas present and had read it cover to cover by the New Year
The photography is excellent throughout and includes honest appraisals from the author. However, the book is not a technical manual and the descriptions of how and why the images were made is brief and I think it's all the better for this.
The text is engaging, includes many amusing annecdotes and describes the many frustrations we have all faced when trying to make great images in the fells. Highly recommended for anyone who has an interest in either outdoor photography or the hills and mountains of the UK.
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