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Getting Closer

Rediscovering Nature Through Bird Photography

Paul Sorrell



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02 February 2021
Getting Closer is a beautifully illustrated discussion of photography as a way of achieving greater intimacy with the natural world. With a focus on birds, the book is directed primarily at photographers (of all levels of skill and experience), but also at birders, people interested in the outdoors, and those who would simply like to achieve a deeper connection with the natural world.

The introduction makes the case for reconnecting with nature in a way that will draw in a wide range of readers, not just photographers. We have to reconnect, as most of us have lost the spontaneous bond with nature we enjoyed as young children and, in the face of impending ecological disaster, reconnecting with nature is our most urgent task. Getting Closer offers a simple, practical path for readers to begin to 'rewild' themselves. This is the focus of the second part of the book, where the author explores ways of becoming attentive to the natural world around you, wherever you may live. Through self-contained spreads on topics ranging from 'the four seasons' and 'winds and tides' to 'flight shots' and 'colour and texture', he introduces basic, hands-on techniques that, with practice, will enable readers to both deeply connect with their environment and become proficient wildlife photographers. 'Top tips' on each spread provide technical information aimed at more serious photographers.
By:   Paul Sorrell
Imprint:   Exisle
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 254mm,  Width: 254mm, 
ISBN:   9781925820638
ISBN 10:   1925820637
Pages:   144
Publication Date:   02 February 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Paul Sorrell took up photography in the early 2000s, giving him a new form of creative engagement with his longstanding interest in wildlife and the natural world. His images have featured on a range of platforms, from international wildlife photography competitions to Tourism New Zealand's website.

Reviews for Getting Closer: Rediscovering Nature Through Bird Photography

'It's rare that I get through a book in less than one day and I put this down to the fact that this one makes compelling reading.... I look forward to absorbing and practising the book's excellent content.' -- Better Photographs 'Whether you're an old hand at photographing birds, or eager to get started (especially now!), it's an excellent read. Highly, highly recommended!' -- Dr. Jessie Voigts

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