One and a half years ago, in a small Indian restaurant in Copenhagen, my friend Rune and I were having dinner after a good climbing session at the local wall. At some point in the conversation, he suggested that it could be a good idea for me to write a book about mountain photography. I had published a long article on the subject on the website Luminous Landscape but it had not occurred to me that I could go even further.
Rocky Nook was a natural choice to pitch the idea, as they are well known for the great quality of the writing of their photography books, as well as for printing them beautifully. Much to my surprise, they liked the concept right away and before I really knew what had happened, I had a publishing contract in front of me!
Fast forward a year of writing and collecting photos, followed by painstaking editing and, at the last minute, swapping out lots of images to make room for some of my latest photographs from Nepal, and the book is finally real. I received my advance copy a few weeks ago and was extremely impressed with the layout and the quality of the printing. Being a child of the digital age, it is fairly rare for me to see my images in print, so this was a double treat.
Well, the last stage of the publishing process is finally there: the books have reached the main warehouse, pre-orders are being shipped as I write, the press release went out, and Amazon US shows it in stock. Unfortunately, European readers will have to wait a few more days for enough copies to cross the Atlantic, availability is planned for around April 22nd.
To say this is exciting for me would be a huge understatement. I can’t wait for the first reviews to appear and for readers to start giving feedback. If you receive your copy, please drop me a line with your first impressions. I would also be eternally grateful to anyone who writes a review on Amazon (even if it’s not a five stars one).
In the meantime, here is the full text from the press release that Rocky Nook sent out yesterday:
Remote Exposure: A Guide to Hiking and Climbing Photography
Santa Barbara, CA—April 5, 2011—Though many hikers and climbers carry cameras with them, they often come away feeling disappointed because their images fail to visually translate their experiences. In Remote Exposure(Rocky Nook, $29.95 USD), Alexandre Buisse goes beyond the mere basics of photography and gives you the tools needed to create images that are not only of good technical quality but that are compelling as well.
This book will guide you through the various options for equipment, since the requirement for lightweight gear that is able to withstand cold, adverse weather conditions presents unique challenges. Learn about the importance of having an efficient carrying system and a logical, planned workflow.
Throughout the book you will find advice on where to point your camera and how to compose a strong image. Included are specific requirements for rock climbing, hiking, mountaineering, and camping. More advanced photographic topics are also covered such as digital capture and optimization techniques like high dynamic range imaging (HDRI), panoramic stitching, and how to achieve excellent results without a tripod.
The pages are filled with 100 stunning images captured by Buisse as he hiked and climbed through mountain ranges on four continents. Photographers of all levels and those who just appreciate beautiful images are sure to be inspired by this book.
Foreword by Cory Richards (member of the historic climbing expedition that recently reached the summit of Gasherbrum II in winter).
About the Author
Alexandre Buisse was born in Lyon, France. Growing up there meant frequent trips to the Alps, often to the Chamonix valley, which planted the seeds for his love of the mountains. Ironically, it wasn’t until he moved to flat Scandinavia that, pushed by a friend, he took up climbing. He has since traveled and climbed on four continents and in most major world ranges.
Alexandre began taking a serious interest in photography in 2005—just in time for his 20th birthday—and hasn’t put his camera down ever since. His initial motivation was to record and share the wonderful views that he encountered while hiking in the French Alps and, later, on his mountaineering expeditions. Though he also shoots in urban environments, his heart decidedly lies with nature and adventure photography.
He currently lives in Denmark, where he is switching careers from academic research to full-time adventure photography; he plans to move back to France soon.