Monday, May 17, 2010

Wild Wonders of Europe - stunning photography

A bee-eater (Merops apiaster) tossing a bumble bee in Hungary. The bee-eater is a specialist in bumble bees, wasps, bees and other larger flying insects. It is one of Europe's most colourful and exotic-looking birds and lives in colonies burrowing into sand banks.

The Musk ox, or Ovibos moschatus, in the Dovrefjell national park, Norway

Dalmatian pelicans, or Pelecanus crispus, on Lake Kerkini, Macedonia. At 16 kilos and with a 3 metre wing span, the Dalmatian pelican is, together with the great bustard and the mute swan, a competitor for the title of The World's Heaviest Flying Bird.

Wild Wonders of Europe
ISBN: 9780810996144

I love masterful photography in all its genres. A camera in the hands of a top professional can, I believe, produce art. My background is in newspaper photography but I love all the other branches of the craft, too, especially great wildlife pictures.

On the 28th of May a brilliant book of wildlife photographs is launched by publisher Abrams. Its author is Staffan Widstrand.

The book is called Wild Wonders of Europe and features wildlife and landscape pictures shot in 48 European countries. Abrams grandly bills it as "one of the largest photography projects ever undertaken" and I can quite imagine this to be true.

This is a coffee table picture book well worth the £29.99 they are asking.

picture credits:
The bee eater is by Markus Varesvuo
The Musk ox is by Vincent Munier
The Dalmatian Pelicans is by Jan Peltomki

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Apple wins Monaco Grand Prix

Smart work by Apple to put their new iPad in the hands of BBC presenter Jake Humphrey for the Monaco Grand Prix today. With a TV audience estimated at an average of 650 million, peaking at one billion, what better place than the glitzy Monte Carlo race to be seen using the must have accessory of the year - especially when nobody outside the USA can yet get one! Just watch the pre-order list soar. He's smart, that Steve Jobs.