Books! Books! Books!

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Books! Books! Books!

7 Jul 2020 12:21AM   Views : 319 Unique : 226

There's something about real books, apart from not needing batteries to read them. The texture of the paper, the smell, the whole experience is something that can't be replicated on an iPad. So when we travel to stately homes I can't resist the second hand bookshops and I definitely can't resist the ancient tomes in the lbraries of houses great and small. I would just love to spend a day or two just reading the books in these stately homes, and I think it's a great pity that many of them will never be used for the function they were intended. OK, some will be heavy going, some quite inpenetrable, but it's still worth exploring what lies within the leather bindings.

Photography of the books in stately homes needs a bit of thought. Reflections have to be controlled, camera shake needs to be avoided and apertures need to be set to make sure there is enough depth of field. Very often I will use really high ISO values, and fortunately my cameras do deliver remarkably low levels of noise. I've processed a few from scratch so here's a selection of pictures of books:


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One of those shots is from my own bookcases. I think it's pretty obvious which one.....Grin

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altitude50 16 19.2k United Kingdom
7 Jul 2020 11:10AM
I like real books, I cannot see the attraction of ebooks or emagazines. I once, at least 15 years ago bought a book from a charity shop for 1 - it was about SAAB cars and aircraft, inside the front cover was a dedication from the late Erik Carlsson the rally driver and Pat Moss's husband, like many other things, wish I had kept it.
Inside another cheap book was a letter dated from 1810 to a business in London.

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Mstphoto 12 130 1 Scotland
9 Jul 2020 8:03AM
Nice set of images well captured.
Being a book printer back in the days of Letterpress, I appreciate the finished bound book.
The feel of the pages, the smell of the ink, the thrill of seeing my work collated into the finished product still brings back fond memories.
I think books still have a place in this world, especially guide books, manuals, fine art books etc but I still wouldn't be without my Kindle for the crime thriller books that I like to read.
My bad?

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