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Andoer Portable Folding Aluminum PVC Oxford Cloth Chair Outdoor Patio Fishing Camping with Carry Bag Green
Andoer Portable Folding Aluminum PVC Oxford Cloth Chair Outdoor Patio Fishing Camping with Carry Bag Green

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars It is completely useless for anyone except a very small child, 14 May 2015
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I feel that the description is misleading. It is completely useless for anyone except a very small child, being far too small for any of the activities that it purports to suit.


Wildlife Photographer: A Course in Creative Photography
Wildlife Photographer: A Course in Creative Photography
by Chris Gomersall
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A different and highly effective approach to wildlife photgraphy, 26 Mar. 2014
The subtitle of Chris Gomersall’s book is “a course in creative photography” which neatly encapsulates the content and purpose of this book, which is a high quality publication containing some beautiful images.

At the outset the author makes it clear that this is not another technical manual or tutorial on using your camera and he assumes some prior knowledge by the reader on the basic principles of photography.

This is where the book scores highly because it addresses in a logical progression the elements of creating excellent visual images which go beyond simply being clean, sharp and well lit and adopts a disciplined and structured approach to planning and visualising the outcome and objectives of a project.

Starting with the need for good planning and fieldcraft skills it discusses the case for carefully choosing a subject and using good compositional skills, light and space to tell a story. All the key points are supported by a wealth of excellent photographs that illustrate the author’s message and demonstrate the principles in a readily understandable fashion.

The case is also made for leaving elements of the photograph to the viewer’s imagination and hence it can often be more powerful to compose an image comprising only the neck of a giraffe and convert it to monochrome to add impact.
Similarly it can be more effective to position the subject as quite small in the frame to give a sense of scale and spatial proportions as demonstrated with both an ostrich and tiger in different settings. At times the opposite is true when a more effective image can be produced by having one central flower in focus but surrounded by ‘splodges’ of primary colours to create a “vaguely impressionist” mood.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book and felt that it helped me to move away from my conventional safe approach to become a little more adventurous and try to tell a story rather than simply capture a scene.

A great addition to the bookcase and a book that can also be dipped into from time to time to inspire you, so that you set off not only with your camera but a vision and purpose of the story you are trying to tell.


Wildlife Photography Workshop, The
Wildlife Photography Workshop, The
by Ross Hoddinott & Ben Hall
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.03

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive workshop on wildlife photography, 14 Mar. 2013
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Essentially, it does what it says on the tin. Lots of great photos by 2 recognised experts and guidance on how they captured the various images. Lots of great tips and advice for the novice and accomplished alike. A good buy.


JJC replacement Canon EW-75II Lens Hood for CANON EF 20mm f/2.8 USM, EF 20-35mm f/2.8L
JJC replacement Canon EW-75II Lens Hood for CANON EF 20mm f/2.8 USM, EF 20-35mm f/2.8L

2.0 out of 5 stars Canon equivalent lens hood, 13 Nov. 2011
The hood is inexpensive but also poorly fitting. Mine only fits in one orientation without causing masking to the lens aperture. Locking the hood is by twisting but this is very imprecise and feels as though the hood is going to fall off. I have marked the hood with a coloured spot to ensure that I line it up in the orientation that doesn't cause it to obscure the lens. Only limited use as yet but doesn't compare well with my other genuine Canon lens hoods.


Special Relationships: Poems and Stories by Chris Fogg
Special Relationships: Poems and Stories by Chris Fogg
by Chris Fogg
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Special Relationships, 2 Sept. 2011
The title perfectly conveys the content of this well structured and thought provoking book. Chris Fogg is both a natural and accomplished storyteller and takes us on a journey from his early childhood with a rich mixture of stories and well handled verse. For me it is not a book to read from cover to cover at one sitting but to dip in to and savour the individual elements that piece together and provide a comprehensive picture of the author's life and travel experiences. His early childhood contains a wealth of references that will be all too familiar to his contemporaries, myself included and intriguing to younger readers with its portrayals of an era of simplicity, pleasure and joy that doesn't depend on speed and technology but owes a great deal to imagination and innocence. In many ways I found myself wishing we could go back to those times but life moves on and Chris's recollections have to suffice.
As the chapters progress, we move to more current times in Mali, India and America where the modern age hasn't always touched many of the people that Chris encounters on his journey. I found a mixture of fascination and pathos in many of the accounts and Chris doesn't shrink from recounting the deprivation and poverty as it still exists. The stark contrast is never more apparent than between "Sophie and Gita" where at face value one has nothing and the other has everything. But at another level I found myself questioning who was really the richer of the two?
Before we get too sanguine, we are suddenly back in the world of Bambi; The Wizard of Oz, Thunderbirds, Supercar and Stingray and my own personal favourites, The Beatles whose clever lyrics pop up from time to time in the book and are slotted seamlessly into the verse. For those who aren't familiar with them the experience may be a little more superficial but still capable of being enjoyed at face value. I found myself wondering whether the author was parodying John Lennon while reading "No more Heroes" a clever piece that if not based on Lennon would do credit to Spike Milligan.
Overall this is a book equally at home on the coffee or bedside table or on a trans-atlantic flight. It sits comfortably alongside a number of books I own and regularly retrieve to enjoy all over again. It would be nice to think that this is just the first of a number of books that the author undoubtedly has in him. Add it to your wish list for Christmas, Birthday or for sheer personal indulgence.
And if you can recognise the characters on the front cover it should be in your collection. If you can also recall the names of the actors, well so can I so don't get too smug!


Go Wild with your Camera - a comprehensive guide to wildlife photography [DVD]
Go Wild with your Camera - a comprehensive guide to wildlife photography [DVD]
Dvd ~ Chris Gomersall
Price: £24.14

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Go Wild and succeed, 20 April 2009
As an amateur wildlife photographer I certainly need all the help I can get. Having been on two of the Wildshots (Northshots) Tours organised by the three professionals that feature in this 2 x DVD set produced by Andy Langley, I can confidently say that for any aspiring wildlife photographer, this is an essential purchase.
The essence of its appeal is the simple and straightforward guidance provided by the experts and the noticeable lack of jargon. The professionals succeed in de-mystifying the all too prevelent complications that surround most photographic guides and demonstrate that expensive and complicated equipment is far less important than a basic understanding of animal behaviour and a grasp of the homework and preparatory effort that sets the scene for capturing that magic image.
Where other professionals seem to confuse you with technique, Peter Cairns, Mark Hamblin and Chris Gomersall take the opposite approach and walk you through the basics without blinding you with science.
Their results are of course stunning but they also manage to persuade you that you too can emulate their images by following their guidelines.
The result is two DVD's that can be watched repeatedly on two levels; one for the tuition and another for the wildlife subjects and images.
It is advertised as a comprehensive guide to wildlife photography and in that endeavour it wholeheartedly succeeds. Certainly my favourite wildlife photography guide.


Your First 90 Days In A New Job (How To Make An Impact)
Your First 90 Days In A New Job (How To Make An Impact)
by William Robinson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.61

32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Hugely disappointing, 28 Oct. 2006
This book begins by attempting to make a virtue out of being short and to that extent it mercifully succeeds.
I can't imagine that this can be of any serious assistance to someone looking to make an impact in a new job. It is poorly written both grammatically and structurally. The content is fragmented and reads as though its been thrown together. There is no continuity of theme and the author treats the subject very superficially and with little evidence of research or serious purpose.
There is abundant confusion about the level at which the advice is pitched and it attempts to advise managers, associates and junior staff simultaneously. It even has a couple of pages of a mock 'hard' conversation with an employee having hygiene problems.
One of the strongest messages to come across is the overwhelming need to plan. Its a pity the author didn't follow his own advice. Frankly dreadful when compared to more thoughtful and in depth offerings on this topic.


Birdwatchers Guide to Digital Photography
Birdwatchers Guide to Digital Photography
by David Tipling
Edition: Paperback

42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and informative, 25 Sept. 2006
This is an excellent and compact little book for both the serious amateur and the novice. It contains a range of beautiful photographs of birds taken by David Tipling, but more importantly it is laid out in a clearly defined and logical sequence and takes you through the equipment you will need with an explanation of the terminology, the techniques to employ both in taking high quality digital images and the fieldcraft needed to access birds in their most desirable surroundings. Throughout the book the guidance is not too jargon-ridden or technical and should hold no fears for those either new to digital photography or transferring from conventional film.

The final section is devoted to the digital 'dark-room' and deals with what is possibly most daunting to newcomers - PC based post-processing. Again, the clear language and accompanying illustrations make the guidance easy to absorb and although I expect to be returning to this section fairly regularly before I become anything like proficient, the attraction of the book is that you can dip into it and absorb the lessons in bite sized chunks. Overall the book is comprehensive and compelling and makes you want to reach for your camera and try the techniques for yourself. Certainly one of the best books I've read on the subject.


How to Get Rich
How to Get Rich
by Felix Dennis
Edition: Hardcover

61 of 65 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars How to get Rich, 5 Sept. 2006
This review is from: How to Get Rich (Hardcover)
This is not the book to buy if you are expecting a step by step guide to making money. Felix Dennis has undoubtedly amassed a fortune in a somewhat unconventional manner and shares a number of his somewhat unique tactics in a very readable and interesting book. It will probably not appeal to those who haven't already got a business background as some of the references assume familiarity with finance, corporate share dealing, boardroom behaviour and negotiating tactics. In places it also has a distinctly American feel to it and the mixing of transatlantic terminology sometimes confuses.
Dennis, like all self made men is extremely single minded, in his case to the point of paranoia about never diluting his share ownership of any business and an obsession with wealth.
What also comes across is a man who has a chequered background and has indulged in binge spending on drink, drugs and women. In his defence he does acknowledge this openly and regret these errors. On the other hand he makes no apology for not giving a damn about what other people think. He is insistent that you can't become rich if you seek popularity and praise.
He is highly critical of the tax system operating in the country which he sees as far too complicated and and indicator of the perverse nature of the type of capitalism practised in the UK. "Foolish, self-defeating and cowardly" is his description of our tax laws, descriptions that could never be applied to the author.
A fascinating read but more for an insight into one of our entrepreneurs than a blueprint for others to follow.
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The Millionaire Next Door: the Surprising Secrets of America's Wealthy
The Millionaire Next Door: the Surprising Secrets of America's Wealthy
by Thomas Stanley
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

84 of 86 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An intriguing insight into the reality of creating wealth, 16 Jan. 2002
This book exposes the truth behind the great wealth generators of America. Its message however has universal application. Contrary to expectation, real accumulators of wealth don't do any of the things that popular perception would have us believe. They don't have expensive tastes, live in plush houses, drive executive cars or wear the trappings of success. Instead, they budget very carefully and live well within their means, setting aside a sizeable proportion of their income for investment. This book explodes the myth of high earners necessarily becoming rich and supports its assertions with a wealth of detailed statistics. Most millionaires are apparently frugal, well-disciplined in handling their finances and frankly, downright dull! Not the sort of people that warrant a second glance.
Easy to read and enlightening, it may not be too late to change your behaviour and to embark on becoming a Prodigious Accumulator of Wealth (PAW)
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