Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Close ups and Close Encounters Book Review


I read Close ups and Close Encounters, in exchange for review from Celestial Book Promotions. The book was written by S.J. Brown. 

My review:

I chose this book because it was photography. I never reviewed a photography book before and thought it would be interesting to do so. The book displays pictures of animals, along with the story of how SJ captured the animals. The author first discussed how she got into photography after watching a tv special. Within a few days, SJ bought a camera and film, and started taking photographs of animals in the backyard. She learned how to work a camera and how to photograph an animal from different angles. One thing I loved was when the author wrote how she liked to get close up on the animals, to peer into their souls. 

I did love the picture of the butterfly and the fox hiding in the woods. I also loved the picture of the black bear.  The stories are descriptive, graphic, and makes you feel like you was there with SJ capturing the animals. This is a great book to incorporate into a science class or home school curriculum. 

Media Kit Information:

On a whim, S. J. Brown decided to embark on a career in wildlife photography. Armed with an inexpensive 35mm camera and a love for the natural world, her adventure began. Accompanied by her spotter and husband, she ventured to a variety of locations.

The couple soon learned that there was more to this than just camera settings, lighting, and getting the right angle. Not all wildlife is agreeable to having their picture taken, and many are not easily accessible.

Camera in hand, S. J. Brown encountered delicate butterflies, bears, birds, deer, wild horses, and more. Along the way, there are successes and failures, cooperative critters, curious subjects, and some close calls.

As a wildlife photographer S. J. Brown took her cues from her subjects. Their body language let her know when to step in for a closer shot and when to back away. When she was out in the field, she strove to observe and record not to interfere. The exception to this rule is when people pose a threat to wildlife; then she will take time to relocate a road dwelling critter to its location. Brown has saved snapper turtles from soup and other creatures from the taunts and teases of unwise humans, but she will not interfere with Mother Nature's food chain unless it involves a domestic animal pursuing a wild creature. With this in mind, she has sent many a cat away from a bird feeder and saved many a squirrel from a curious canine.

S. J. Brown's book Close Ups & Close Encounters features over fifty of her wildlife photographs as well as the stories behind getting those images. S. J. Brown's photographs and written words are her way of sharing her experiences. Introducing others, such as her granddaughter, to the field is one of her primary goals and loves. She hopes her work will give others an appreciation for the natural world.

Kindle Version is available on Amazon.com:Close Ups & Close Encounters: A View From Behind The Lens

The print version, also filled with beautiful full color photographs, is also available: Close Ups and Close Encounters: A View From Behind The Lens

Quick Links...

Acorn Book Services Website
Acorn Book Services Blog: Literary Wealth
S.J. Brown's Close Up & Close Encounters Book Launch
S.J. Brown Facebook Page
S.J. Brown Website

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