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Photographs by and about Galen Rowell | See more ideas about Landscape photographers, Natural wonders and Nature. Mountain Light is a celebration of Galen’s pursuit of what he called ‘Dynamic Landscapes’ – landscape images that combined rapidly changing. In fact, just last month I wrote a post celebrating Galen’s legacy The memories of the Rowell’s and Mountain Light will live on in myself and.

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Apps and Accessories for the Working Photographer. Post-processing – Tim Parkin deals with low contrast images. Joe Cornish reviews three more images taken for his book Scotland’s Mountains. How reliable is the Rule of Thirds? Freelance landscape photographer based in Lancashire. Still got a normal job in engineering, but hoping to dedicate more time to my photography in the next few years. I’m a DSLR user and enjoy most types of landscape photography, but feel much more in my element when I’m in the hills and mountains.

I just love the dramatic light you often get and enjoy gale challenge of being up high at the start and end of the day.

Mountain Light Photography: About Mountain Light

Just started a new blog www. For those that don’t know and you can find out more in this issue of the magazineGalen Rowell was a photographer, climber and all-round adventurer. Born in California he and his wife sadly died in plane crash inbut he left behind a legacy of fantastic photography, particularly images taken high up in the mountains.

Mountain Light is a celebration of Galen’s pursuit of what he called ‘Dynamic Landscapes’ – landscape galem that combined rapidly changing light conditions, spectacular mountain scenery and often an athletic pursuit of these conditions.

It’s a book full of inspiring landscape images, but this isn’t just a coffee-table book – it’s a real photographers book and its pages include an amazing amount of information and tips on landscape photography, as well galne a short history of Galen Rowell’s own photographic development.


Mountain Light: In Search of the Dynamic Landscape

In essence the book can be split into two parts; seven chapters discussing various aspects of Galen’s work and eight ‘Exhibits’, each containing the story behind a number of similarly themed photographs. The chapters themselves are basically pure text, and whilst they do take some time to read they are well worth the effort.

Starting with Galen Rowell’s early photographic career they take you on a journey through Galen’s mind; his approach to photography, how he looks at composition, light, equipment and pretty much everything else you could ask for. Even the experienced photographer will find plenty of useful information and it’s the sort of book that makes great reading if you’re feeling in a photographic lull. Whilst the chapters make great reading, for me it’s the ‘Exhibits’ that really shine. These look at a series individual photographs and analyze them in more depth.

Not woolly artistic intent but real information; the circumstances that led to the images, the thought processes behind them and the technical compromises that may have been necessary in their making.

In fact if I had one complaint it would be that I’d like to see more them – as it is the book is a little text heavy compared to most photography books. It’s also in these exhibits that Galen’s own distinctive style comes through, not just via the images, but also by the accompanying text. Many of his images come from anticipating certain light condition coming together and Galen is someone who happy to take an active role in pursuit of these conditions – not afraid to run with his gear to reach location before rare and transient conditions disappear.

To a newcomer to photography his style may appear to involve a certain degree of luck, but in reality it is his experience that allows him to be in the right place at the right time, and his finely-honed understanding of technique that then enables him to make successful images. In summary this is a book that should sit proudly on a landscape photographer’s bookshelf. Although the book is principally about film-based photography you’re not going to find any tips on Photoshop or post-processing technique the vast majority of the information is just as applicable to digital photographers.


Whilst the images are more than capable of speaking for themselves, the textual content of the book is equally as good. Each time I pick it up I feel I learn something new, and Galen’s natural enthusiasm for photography and mountain scenery shines through.

: Mountain Light: In Search of the Dynamic Landscape: Galen Rowell, David Muench: Books

This should be on your must-buy list of landscape photography books and with Galen’s intrinsically dynamic style is the perfect complement to books from the likes of Joe Cornish, David Ward and Charlie Waite. This book is available new and used from Amazon or via Sierra Club Books. Written by Andrew Stannard, a freelance photographer from Lancashire http: Join the conversation Subcribe to comment rss feed. Mountain Light falen Galen Rowell.

Responses Skip to Comments. By Andrew Stannard Posted January 7, Andrew Stannard Freelance landscape photographer based in Lancashire. Mountain Light – Cover. Clearing Mist – El Capitan. This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We’ll assume you’re ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish.