First Light : A Landscape Photographer's Journey, Hardback

First Light : A Landscape Photographer's Journey Hardback

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Drawing on decades of experience, Joe Cornish, one of Britain's most distinguished landscape photographers, has distilled the key elements of his craft into a collection of thought-provoking essays accompanied by a stunning selection of his photographs.

From his beloved North Yorkshire, to the rocky canyons of the Colorado Plateau, the photos in First Light have been chosen to reflect the breadth of Joe's work and to illustrate how he puts his working philosophy into practice.

Each picture is accompanied by text describing the conditions that must be taken into consideration before taking a photo; the composition of the image, including viewpoint, selection of film and filters; and post production treatments.

First Light is replete with supporting technical data and Joe's own explanations of the thought processes that lay behind the creation of each of these wonderful photographs.

These fluent and very personal accounts are full of practical advice on subjects ranging from anticipating changes in the weather or lighting conditions, to the relative advantages of using colour filters. For all photographers, whether amateur or professional, First Light is a source of on-going inspiration and advice.

With a foreword from renowned landscape photographer Charlie Waite, it will also appeal to anyone who appreciates natural beauty and loves landscape for its own sake.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 160 pages, colour photographs
  • Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd
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  • Category: Photographs: collections
  • ISBN: 9781902538242



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An exquisite book wherein Joe Cornish selects some of his favourite pictures and talks about them. Landscape photography isn't just a question of rolling up, saying "Ooh, what a nice view" and taking a picture. It's hard work, yomping across countryside with lots of gear and waiting for the right light. You also have to have a very good idea as to what results your gear will give you before you even think about setting up the picture. That's what makes photographers photographers, and the rest just snappers. Yet you try telling someone that's why you're worth £250 a day...Cornish talks at length about his philosophy, his view of the countryside and his work, and the application he's made to his art. He is blessed with living in a scenically interesting part of the country, so he can practice his art whenever the conditions are right. In this, he is a lucky person.

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