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good photos but ......
on 25 April 2008
The lonely planet guides are notable for their use of imaginitive images, and there is no shortage of top quality imaginitive images here. Top marks also for having not a single image straddling the spine. If only the countless other donkeys, masquerading as book designers would follow this example. What I do find difficult to stomach though, is the intrusive over enthusiastic meddling with colour balance, contrast and saturation in about half of the images, they really do look odd in some cases.
I disagree that the book is aimed 'equipment enthusiasts'. The image is the important thing, and I do not find the space devoted to equipment excessive. In truth - having been deep into photography for nearly 40 years I pass these pages by normally, but here I think they have the balance right. They even advocate keeping the load down to a nminimum, by not lugging a lot of equipment around. One thing that struck me was that the range of lenses used for the books illustrations was remarkably small. In summary - a most informative book that has inspiring images, many of which have been ruined by inept reproduction, with exaggerated, and inaccurate colours.