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Just Released! "The World's Greatest Lighthouses"

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Postby Paul » Thu Dec 01, 2005 7:24 pm


:D Just Released! "The World's Greatest Lighthouses" :D

* Hard cover, with dust jacket
* Amazing pictures by world-renowned
photographers
* Oversized (8" x 15")
* Beautiful coffee table or waiting room book
* Vibrant full color photos
* 175 pages
* Historical information


Just $19.95 plus $6.95 shipping for each book.

:D All Proceeds Benefit the American Lighthouse Foundation! :D

Order yours today, send payment to:

American Lighthouse Foundation
P.O. Box 889
Wells, Maine 04090


or call (207) 646-0245 to charge to your Visa or MasterCard.

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Postby Gary Martin » Sun Dec 04, 2005 6:23 pm


I ended up picking up a copy of this book as a photographer to see what constituted "amazing" photographs and who the photographers were more than anything...

As for the lighthouses in this book, here's the list in the order they appear, and the country in which each is located. Some AREN'T that 'famous' in my book, but that too is subjective and certainly open to discussion.. For the US lighthouses, I have to wonder why Point Loma is inclouded and Point Reyes, which was used on the cover wasn't. Split Rock is the only lighthouse in the Great Lakes basin worthy of inclusion? Not IMO but then again, I didn't write the book. On the east coast, Portland Head, Cape Hatteras and Bodie Island are all good choices IMO. On the whole, the book is heavily biased toward European lights and I don't know that Europe has the market cornered on famous lighthouses... Anyway, here they are:

The Tower of Hercules - Spain
Hook Head - Ireland
La Lanterna - Italy
The Cordouan - France
Portland Bill - Great Britain
Forte Stella - Italy
Portland Head - US
Fanad Head - Ireland
Cape Arkona - Germany
Berlenga - Portugal
Cabo Mayor - Spain
Skerryvore - Great Britain
Cape St Vincent - Portugal
Gibb's Hill - Bermuda
Castro Urdiales - Spain
Point Loma - US
Bishop Rock - Great Britain
San Vito Lo Capo - Italy
Creac'h - France
Chiiona - Spain
Peggy's Cove - Canada
Cape Hatteras - US
Bodie Island - US
Longships - Great Britain
Brothers Islands - Egypt
Eddystone - Great Britain
Macquarie - Australia
Heceta Head - US
Cape Byron - Australia
Ile Vierge - France
Fastnet Rock - Ireland
La Martre - Canada
Tasman Island - Australia
Split Rock - US
La Jumet - France
Kereon - France
Punta Madonna - Italy

As for the photographers, there are two on the credit list that I would categorize as 'world renowned' personally - Jean Guichard and Philip Plisson. As a photographer, Plisson is the better photographer IMO, but Guichard probably has more public recognition as his work has been heavily promoted. Most of the rest are FAR LESS RECOGNIZABLE names, with many images coming from stock photo agencies, e.g. Corbis. Nothing wrong with that but "world renowned" is probably a stretch for many names on the list. An exception might be Guillaume Plisson, who is Philip Plisson's son. Certainly a recognizable name but not nearly as famous as his father. As for the comment above "amazing pictures by world renowned photographers" I don't know what it takes to be labeled "amazing" in Paul's book but most photographs in this book fall into that category I would call "sunny Sunday" photographs. These images are not inspired in my opinion... they're more in the vein of record shots. Nothing wrong with that, but hardly "amazing." The aerial photos give a good sense of the setting of the light are a nice addition. Guichard's storm images are getting a little tired from overuse. I have several of Guichard's books and there are many of his images that would have been better choices than those selected by the author or whoever made the choices. Having seen the same Guichard wave photos used over and over has taken away some of the impact that they had when they were first published.

Then there's the front cover image. Point Reyes. I don't know how many of the people on this forum have been to Point Reyes north of San Francisco, but I have many times. The depiction of this light with spray around the base is absurd in the extreme. The light is perched about 200 feet above the Pacific and is hardly going to see spray from waves slamming into the cliffs very often. I also have a bit of a problem with the prominent beam from the lantern room on the cover... I've worked VERY hard to capture beams sweeping the skies from lantern rooms of a number of lighthouses on three coasts. This one seems to have had the heavy handed enhancement of the cover designer, who undoubetly also has to be guilty for adding the spray around the base of the Point Reyes light!

There you have it, my undoubtedly less than objective comments on this book. Is it worth the $19.95 price? Probably. Does it warrant Paul's glowing accolades? Probably not in my opinion, but insofar as the photography is concerned, I'm probably a whole lot more critical than most who will pick up this volume. But, buy a copy and decide for yourself.

Gary
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Postby Terry Forrest » Sun Dec 04, 2005 7:30 pm


Quite a thorough critique, Gary and much appreciated by me. Knowing you like I do for as many years as I have, I'd be inclined not to buy the book, even if I felt I could afford to do so.
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Postby Paul » Sun Dec 04, 2005 7:31 pm


But, buy a copy and decide for yourself.


Thanks, Gary! And the important thing for everyone to remember is that 100% of the proceeds go to the American Lighthouse Foundation for lighthouse preservation if you purchase the book from ALF!

What a great way to get something nice for yourself or a friend and help save lighthouses at the same time!

Happy Holidays!

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Postby ron » Sun Dec 04, 2005 8:13 pm


wow, i can think of a lot better than Peggy's Cove for Canada. if it wasn't drive to i don't think it would be as popular
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Postby Terry Forrest » Sun Dec 04, 2005 8:27 pm


I haven't seen the one at Peggy's Cove, but I thought the one in Vancouver was quite impressive.
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Postby ron » Sun Dec 04, 2005 8:40 pm


the imperial towers are more impresive
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Postby Terry Forrest » Sun Dec 04, 2005 9:41 pm


That's one in Canada, too?
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Postby vacastle » Mon Dec 05, 2005 5:52 am


I wish the American Lighthouse Foundation much success with this fundraiser. It's wonderful when an individual contributes a marketable item to a lighthouse group, allowing 100% of the profit to go towards lighthouse preservation.

So, if you purchase the book, please buy it through ALF!

Thanks Paul, for providing the information to all of us.

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Postby Ross » Mon Dec 05, 2005 7:19 am


ALF could really use the help now, also. Since Bob Trapani has come on as executive director, the group is really poised and headed in the right direction, but still can't do it all without help. There are a lot of good things happening and some of the larger projects are nearly completed!

Also, I agree with Gary's critique :)

Buy one as a Christmas gift! The lighthouse world we live in will be more critical of something like this more than the casual person who would enjoy having a book like this!
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Postby Pharoslvr » Tue Dec 06, 2005 5:56 pm


Personally, I am happy that they decided to use
Peggy's Cove as one of their choices!! Not only
is the Lighthouse pretty special but the surrounding
fishing village just adds that much more to its charm.
Good choice!!! :)

Brent

P.S. Excellent critique, Gary!
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Postby buster » Thu Dec 08, 2005 10:17 pm


Bought one and received it today,Great book. :)
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Postby Kevin vk2ce » Thu Dec 08, 2005 11:17 pm


As an Australian I find it refreshing to see a lighthouse book which is NOT heavily US orientated. Thanks for posting all the lights in the book Gary, it even has 3 from Oz. The spread of countries is a good idea and at $19.95 US it is very good value. Most lighthouse photography books I have are at least 2 and 3 times that amount eg the Plissons book, Lighthouses of the Atlantic.

Paul, is it being marketed internationally or just in the US?
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