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Editing Africa book

March 30, 2010 1 comment

I spent the weekend tweaking my book, African Journey (See March 6 blog).  I received it from the publisher a week or so ago.  I was thrilled with the look of it and then, of course, found a lot of odds and ends to improve.  Like the type face of ALL the labels.  On the whole, tho, I was very pleased.  Here is the cover shot.  This gorgeous lion could have been sent to us from central casting:

The views of the wetlands in the Okevango Delta in Botswana are beautiful.  The light constantly changes.  This was a special moment:

Termite mounds are everyplace.  One provides a backdrop for the male lion and there are several above.  You never see the termites – they live inside.

In Kruger Park in South Africa, we came across a beautiful, beautiful leopard.  We traveled in the wet season and it was not really very easy to track the animals.  In the dry season they are forced to gather at water holes – in the wet season water is plentiful and you have to search from them.  We learned a great deal from the naturalists who met us in each camp.  A few minutes later, the leopard didn’t seem so serene.

So we moved on.

First blog by Diane Smook

March 6, 2010 5 comments

This is my first blog entry.  Ever.   I already have a website for my exhibited portfolios.  The reason for this blog is personal.  I need to focus on photography after a long period without shooting new work.  If I am the only one reading this, it is OK.

After a botanical project (ongoing) using a Mamiya 6×7 studio camera, where I scanned the film and printed digitally, using my Nikon D300 feels very liberating.  Also no exquisite chrome or negative, but you can’t have everything.

I just finished laying out photographic diary of a trip to Africa I took 2 years ago.

Took me that long to keyword, organize a work flow and figure out which book company to use.  After attending a fabulous event sponsored by ASMP in NY where 20 book companies were sent the same variety of images to print in book form, I became aware of A and I Books in CA.  They will print books more than 100 pages and have a decent help line.  I used their design program so that I could create my own templates and adjust for my own crops.  They have called me with questions on the material I sent them.  I have hopes for a beautiful book.

Here is one image of an elephant.

I was a little closer than I had planned.  The lens is only 200mm (although in the D300 it acts like a slightly longer lens).  Can you see the eyelashes on this little thumbnail of a photograph?