'Earthflight' uses ground-breaking technology to take you on a journey like no other: into the skies to fly with birds. Filmed using pioneering techniques, this collection of photographs from the landmark BBC series takes you across the world to experience some of the most stunning spectacles on Earth in a new and inspiring way.
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Producer and director John Downer has pioneered many of the spectacular techniques that are now commonplace in wildlife filmmaking. Both in his early work with the BBC Natural History Unit and as an independent producer, John has created award-winning programmes, including In-Flight Movie, Supersense and Polar Bear: Spy on the Ice.Review:
These stunning images have great potential to inspire a deep ecological worldview amongst older teenagers and adults. (Green Teacher 2013-04-01)
(starred review) Using a variety of techniques including hang-gliders, "bird-shaped model gliders," and bird-mounted cameras to capture footage of birds in flight, veteran BBC wildlife photographer Downer and his crew spent three-and-a-half years collecting footage for what would become the BBC series EarthFlight. Here, he shares truly stunning images from the program, accompanied by commentary. The photos-of cranes gracefully soaring over the Chateau de Chenonceau in France's Loire Valley, an African eagle beneath a rainbow, migrating geese, tens of thousands of flamingos nesting in South Africa and Kenya, pelicans gobbling up grunion in Mexico's Sea of Cortez, bats seething from Texan caves, gannets in search of food plunging into the Scottish seas, and the brilliantly colored Australian budgies ("nomadic parakeets") offer extraordinary glimpses of wildlife on every continent (but Antarctica) from a perspective rarely-if ever-seen before. Though the photos are spectacular, the final
chapter might be the most remarkable aspect of the book, as Downer details how he and his team captured these amazing shots, as well as discussing the many obstacles they faced. A genuine treasure, Downer's work must be seen to be truly appreciated. Photos and map. (Publishers Weekly)
This eye-popping collection of photos offers a truly bird's-eye view of what birds in flight actually see. Utilizing a pioneering arsenal of high-tech spy cams, gliders, mini-helicopters and bird-mounted cameras, Downer and his team documented the miracle of flight from the participants' perspective in a trip around the world... A final chapter details how the photographers devised and implemented the equipment to "fly with the birds." (Neil Pond American Profile 2012-06-29)
The book includes an introductory essay by Downer, maps of the flight paths of a few of the featured birds, and a detailed concluding chapter about the making of the film. We like it for all of that, but mostly we can't take our eyes off the photographs... Spectacular, one and all. (Chuck Hagner and Matt Mendenhall BirdWatching 2012-06-01)
The photographers of Earthflight, a companion book of the BBC series of the same name, take the concept of the bird's eye view very very seriously. If you've ever wanted to see how the crow flies, literally, Earthflight producer John Downer can show you.... The book combines lots of eye candy in the form of birds-eye-views of iconic landscapes, but it is also generous with the fascinating details telling how the rare images were made. In many cases the images were results of years of experimentation and work. The patience of the crews paid off, not a single bird was lost in the making of Earthflight. (Discover Magazine 2012-05-01)
Using incredible ingenuity and the latest technology, not to forget the patience that is necessary with wildlife photography, Downer and his team have brought us closer to experiencing the bird's world.... The photography is breathtaking throughout the book and provides a view that is unlike anything ever seen before. (Terry Peters North Shore News 2012-04-13)
The title of this book...is not an exaggeration... The stunning and awe-inspiring photos include some that appear too good to be true.... This book could be used for a variety of purposes--although most obviously it is an eye-catching coffee table book, it also provides a plethora of information on migration and ecology of the species highlighted. It is a great source of rather obscure information that otherwise would be difficult to find in the scientific literature. (Shelley Sporh Science Books and Films 2012-03-01)
Everybody dreams of soaring like an eagle, but few consider that they probably wouldn't be alone in the sky. The 200 photographs in John Downer's 'EarthFlight' offer the exultant wing-to-wing camaraderie enjoyed otherwise only by fighter pilots and birds themselves. (Wall Street Journal 2012-04-12)
Breathtaking photographs. (Eric Boodman Montreal Gazette 2012-06-16)
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