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Spirit of the Wild
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Author:Steve Bloom
Publisher:Thames & Hudson
Price: from 6.06!
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I remember being knocked out by an exhibition of wildlife photographs and when looking who the artist was I noted the name Steve Bloom. Steve started wildlife photography at a late age of 40, following a safari holiday. As he became hooked on wildlife he started to become aware that his subject was becoming extinct and set about recording the threatened creatures, while starting to raise awareness and share his concern for the environment.

In this 20x24cm book that aims, as the title suggests, to capture the spirit of the wild, you don't get quite the same impression as the wall mounted enlargements, but its still enough to illustrate the outstanding techniques used that create motion, and impact in animal photography. All the classics are included such as the brilliantly colourful flock of macaws, the Verreaux's sifaka and the Masai Mara Leopard. The book has plenty of thought provoking wildlife quotes from famous sources and a several pages of Steve's concerns. It's quite depressing to read in parts, but no different than a visit to Chester Zoo where reading just about ever other plaque you hear that the animal behind is more or less extinct in the wild.

This book has full page photos to inspire you to go out and shoot wildlife, but from a technique point of view you're on your own. The caption information is about the subject, not how to shoot it. The only clue you have to equipment used is a shot at the front showing Steve clutching a large Canon EF lens.

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