I had no idea what to expect with this publicaion and purchased via Amazon without reading the many reviews. I have just discovered a total love of Fell walking and a bit of climbing for good measure. My real passion has always been landscape photography and so expected a great book full of fabulous climbing and high altitude photographs....
This fine publication did not once disappoint on the fine art photography front. Very beautiful and technically fabulous photographs throughout. My only criticism has been covered on previous reviews and relates to the lack of technical details for each photograph i.e. Camera/lens employed. Aperture, shutter speed etc.
A great coffee table publication full of fine photographs and lots of great ideas to further your technique. A beginner might struggle a bit as this book expects the reader to have mastered the very basics of camera operation. So many positives far outway any negatives however. Beautiful book and very good quality. Happy days.
I shared many other reviewers frustrations about this book. It is well put together and the author is obviously very passionate about his subject matter. However, his approach to this kind of photography, which I actually endorse- keep everything really simple, plan well and be careful - is hard to elaborate much on in detail without resorting to trivial common sense statements, making the purpose of this book as any kind of manual, rather dubious. It is also clear that much of the detail of his post production is glossed over- for example you could easily write a whole chapter on effective ways to monochrome a digital image in Photoshop to best effect but he barely mentions it despite showing a lot of monochrome images.
In its secondary function as a 'coffee table' book, it also lets the reader down. There are too few full page images and many are pointlessly small. There is hardly any narrative explanation of the images and MOST frustratingly it doesn't have any information about the shots themselves, either aperture, focal length, et cetera or what time of day, what sort of camera, how he had anchored himself, whether he had to get permissions etc. This is particularly remiss as most of this information is captured in the camera metadata, so he wouldn't even have had to note it down.
So in short it's sort of half baked and neither one thing or the other. I suspect he'd be better off writing a straightforward climbing book using his photos to illustrate his obviously varied and impressive climbing lifestyle, or a much more technical guide to post production, large format work etc.
Was going to give it three stars but on reflection I'll give it two. This is mainly because so much of the information in this book is available online but with much more detail, more thoughtfully presented and often offered for free as a gesture to the community of photographers and climbers who enjoy the shared struggle to create these images. To ask people to pay for this is lame.
It would get one star if he wasn't clearly such a nice guy. I blame the publisher.