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Wild shots : the world of the wildlife photographer
Aaseng, Nathan.
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Publication Information:
Brookfield, CT : Millbrook Press, [2001]

Physical Description:
79 pages ; color illustrations ; 27 cm
Reading Level:
1190 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 8.3 2.0 48753.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 9 6 Quiz: 24295 Guided reading level: NR.
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TR729.W54 A27 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
TR729.W54 A27 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Filled with anecdotal material about the work of professional wildlife photographers, Wildshots compares people's notions about the profession to the realities. While wildlife photography has glamorous and exciting aspects, it is a demanding profession requiring patience, hard work, and a thorough understanding of wildlife. Of course, the book is filled with amazing and stunning photographs from some of the world's finest photographers.

Author Notes

Nathan Aaseng grew up in Minnesota and worked as a microbiologist for four years before becoming a writer.

He has written over ninety books for young readers, including biographies, and sports and science books.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 5^-8. Though it's not uncommon to find a book with excellent photos of animals, it is unusual to read about how the pictures were taken. In this engaging introduction to wildlife photography, Aaseng discusses different facets of the subject, introduces many photographers, and relates their experiences in the wild. Whether they entered the field through love of hunting, cameras, or nature, the photographers have a terrific supply of tales that illuminate all kinds of topics: the difficulties of getting close to the animals, the hardships of weather and of waiting for a good shot, the danger of animal attacks, and the knowledge, preparation, and luck that lie behind a good picture. Aaseng also discusses the controversies surrounding staged shots and the digital manipulation of photos. Naturally, illustrating the intriguing text are many outstanding, well-captioned photos of wild animals. The stories behind them may lead readers to wonder more about pictures in other nature books and, perhaps, to follow in the footsteps of these photographers. --Carolyn Phelan

School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8-This well-rounded discussion about wildlife photographers and their craft looks at why they chose this field, what skills and knowledge are needed, and some of the methods used to film their subjects. Through the use of anecdotes from professionals, Aaseng provides insight into how individuals feel about their work and are not deterred by the many hardships, dangers, and tedium of waiting for just the right shot. A thought-provoking section on the controversies among photographers over staging scenes for nature films and using computer imaging will serve as an eye-opener for readers. Tips on getting started with wildlife photography are appended. A modest selection of high-quality full-color photographs rounds out this revealing look at a demanding profession.-Cynthia M. Sturgis, Ledding Library, Milwaukie, OR (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.