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The Art, Science, and Craft of Great Landscape Photography teaches photographers how to distill visual peak experiences—moments of extraordinary natural beauty that evoke a sense of wonder and awe—into stunning images that elicit the same awestruck emotion in their viewers.

 

I begin by focusing on the art of landscape photography. I describe my three-step process for composing a photograph and show how good composition is an organic process that begins with rules but ultimately transcends them.

 

I then explore the science behind successful landscape photographs, which requires understanding key concepts from geography, optics, vision, and psychology. These concepts include:

 

• Understanding how the position of the sun at sunrise and sunset varies throughout the year, which will help you plan when and where to shoot.

 

• Understanding atmospheric optics, which enables you to predict where rainbows will appear, how polarizers will interact with reflections, and where to find spectacular light.

 

• Understanding how to use topographic maps and computerized mapping tools, which can help you find the most promising locations in the wilderness.

 

• Understanding how our visual system analyzes high-contrast scenes and the psychology of how we view art. These insights will help you produce more successful photographs.

 

Exposure is a central aspect of the craft of landscape photography, and I tackle the challenges of this topic from every angle—from tips on calculating exposures in the field, to achieving correct exposure in high-contrast lighting situations, to the best digital darkroom techniques.

 

Great landscape photography can be mastered with practice and by applying the techniques taught in this book. The Art, Science, and Craft of Great Landscape Photography is intended for those who already understand the basics of photography and who are ready to master the finer nuances of creating magnificent landscape photographs.

 

Available from Rocky Nook. 240 pages, 8x10 inches, $39.95 paperback, $31.99 eBook.

 

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Summits are magical places. Reaching the summit of a high peak gives me the exhilarating, humbling, and awe-inspiring experience of being a tiny speck on top of the world. To me, mountaineering is a metaphor for the human condition. It embodies in concrete form the way we reach for the sky, yet can only climb so high. In the spring of 2006, I began working on a series of images I hoped would capture these complex emotions. Seven years later, I finished the project. Sunrise from the Summit showcases 92 images from that monumental effort. The images are accompanied by the stories behind the most eventful ascents.

 

Published by Farcountry Press. 128 pages, 10x10.5 inches, $26.95 hardcover.

 

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"Just a note to let you know how much I have been enjoying the "Sunrise from the Summit" book. The photos are spectacular and your writing is fun and interesting to read! I especially like the night shots and the photos taken right before sunrise--they are really "atmospheric" (!). We are planning a family get-together at Twin Lakes where we have rented a house for early August--I plan on taking the book so everyone can spend some time with it and then look around and see some of the 14ers that you are writing about! Your online blog is really interesting and helpful too."

 

Marjorie V.

Colorado Wild & Beautiful presents 125 images culled from 30 years of exploring the Centennial state. Working primarily with a large-format, 4x5 field camera that captures amazing detail, I compiled an in-depth portrait of a remarkably diverse place. Not content with photographing familiar Colorado scenes, I backpacked alone into the heart of the state’s most spectacular mountain ranges while carrying 70 pounds of camera and camping gear. My travels on foot, snowshoes, skis, and rafts took me to the most remote corners of Colorado. During my journeys, I photographed not only the state’s abundant natural beauty but also its historical sites, wildlife, and outdoor adventurers. Colorado Wild & Beautiful is a joyous celebration of a unique state.

 

Published by Farcountry Press. 120 pages, 11x12 inches, $32.95 hardcover.

 

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Rocky Mountain National Park Impressions is my tribute to a corner of Colorado that’s been close to my heart ever since I moved to the state in 1975. Located just an hour’s drive from my home in Boulder, Rocky Mountain National Park is where I did much of my early backpacking, climbing, and backcountry skiing. It’s also the first place I explored deeply when I became a professional landscape photographer in 1993, and a place I have returned to again and again. To me, the park is like an artist’s canvas that renews itself each day, offering endless possibilities for new and inspiring images.

 

Published by Farcountry Press. 80 pages, 8x9 inches, softcover, $12.95

 

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