Craft and Vision – Extreme Perspectives, An Introduction to Mountain Photography by Alexandre Buisse – Book Review
While extreme perspectives is a photography book about photographing extreme mountaineering and not directly related to the Cowichan Valley it provides wonderful information for both amateur and professional photographers alike. Having photographed from sea kayaks and boats for many years as well as in the mountains I have found that there are many similarities and Alexander gives us his take.
I’ve always admired what many professional photographers will do to get the perfect image and Alexandre Buisse’s Extreme Perspectives, An Introduction to Mountain Photography shows us an inside glimpse into the world of a mountaineering photographer along with the associated challenges. Most of us will never be in a position to photograph any of the extreme climbs that Alexandre achieves but I found that much of the technique he discusses can be carried over into many other forms of photography. Among them are the decisions to be made about carrying equipment and the value of keeping the weight down and making the photography equipment accessible. For example, he mentions that inaccessible gear is rarely used, I tend to agree. Safety for oneself and others is widely discussed as well, always in the back or front of the mind as the photographer works around the challenges.
For me the most beautiful part of this book is the photographs. Gorgeous black and white images are mixed in with colourful rock faces. The majority of the images have a human element, a small figure in a vast landscape, others showing the personal hardship involved in the sport. A few photographs look like parts of an alien computer generated landscape, something most of us will never experience except through the eyes of a talented photographer.
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Extreme Perspectives, An Introduction to Mountain Photography by Alexandre Buisse is a collection of amazing stories and beautiful photographs from some of the most breathtaking and remote places in the world. This ebook will inspire and excite photographers from all disciplines, but the avid landscape photographer and adventurer in spirit will be especially intrigued. Alexandre is both a mountaineer and a photographer who takes the reader through some amazing expeditions and reveals the gear and the vision he used when shooting in these spectacular places. The behind-the-scenes action and awe-inspiring visuals make for a great read!
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