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Mostly uninspiring photos and its print quality could be better.
on 21 March 2009
The positives: this book is large, heavy and full of photos, as one might expect. The photos are often of quite extraordinary places and one might think that that would be enough to make the photos interesting. However, please just make absolutely sure you really want this book before ordering as it is very heavy to return and surprisingly Exp... to do so!
The negatives: The photography isn't as interesting or even inspiring photos as the many of the places deserve. It is from a book like this that one gets to appreciate exactly why it is a golden rule that photos should be taken at dawn or dusk: the so called "golden hours". For few of the photos in this book were taken during these hours and as a result, all too often the places captured are more interesting than the photos taken to represent them. The point of a photography book is to inspire people to go and do the same as a great photographer. The point of this book seems to be to capture certain places and events, so that a story can be woven around the photos. Thus the photos, in many cases, don't particularly speak for themselves as great photos. Too many just stand as accomplished professional photos which have been mass printed for professional publication. In other words, they are ultimately... boring. So bear in mind when buying this book that you are indeed buying "greatest places" and *not* "greatest photos". There is a big difference in expectation between the two. Lastly, I disliked the print quality and expected better: grain was obvious in many of the photos as if the photos were over-produced and over reproduced.
If you want a book of greatest photos and not strictly greatest places (albeit it's ultimately subjective as to why the places featured were greater than those which didn't make it into this book) then you should consider either "Landscape Photographer of The Year Collection 01" (hard to find) or, "Collection 02".
In conclusion: as long as you don't buy this book in the hope that it will inspire you to go out and take some stunning photographs, then it isn't bad at all; albeit as a photographic tome, it's also not particularly inspiring.
Three stars out of five.