Hawaii Dreamscapes Revealed, Kaua'i (Anglais) Relié – 21 septembre 2007
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If you love nature and the art of photography you will love it.
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As someone who travels a lot in tropical circles, I appreciated not just the incredible shots in the latest book, KAUA'I, but also from where the photographs were taken. Whether flying over mountains or peaking down into caves, the photographers appeared to have picked the best possible position to snap the photo. There was often the feeling that the visitor couldn't even get to most of the book's vantage points.
A stunning collection of one of nature's most spectacular landscapes.
This book truly captures the diversity of landscape on Kauai'i, from dry canyons to dripping wet valleys, numerous waterfalls and palm-lined beaches to inland deciduous forests and trails, and of course, several shots of the dramatic cliffs along the Na Pali coast.
Kaua'i is the oldest and wettest of the large islands. As such, it's features have been shaped by erosion, and it is largely lush and green. (Although the western canyons are dryer and starker.) After a hike on the Na Pali coast my memory card was so infused with moisture that I wasn't able to extract the pictures until I reached a dryer area on Maui!
The pictures are generally well done, but give a sense of "I could have taken that picture if I was in the right place at the right time". (In fact, I've taken some pictures as good or better on the islands, but few people will have the opportunity to spend the time it takes to cover a whole island with enough revisits to get cooperative light and weather everywhere.) There are very few breathtaking, "I couldn't have done that" shots in the book. In fact, some of the pictures are not very interesting, or have technical flaws. The book could probably have been 20-30% shorter while being better from an overall photographic standpoint. Doughty's captions are short and serviceable, but having his guidebook for context will help if your interest goes beyond looking at attractive landscapes.
If you like picture books and want either something to remind you of Kaua'i or to help plan a trip, this is a decent book. I was careful to order when Amazon had it at the lower end of the price yo-yo they seem to like to put it through.