Hello All! I am very excited that today I am participating as one of the host for the Close Ups and Close Encounters by S. J. Brown tour stops! This is part of the Celestial Book Promotions.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
On a whim, S. J. Brown decided to embark on a career in wildlife photography. Armed with an inexpensive 35mm camera and a love for the natural world, her adventure began. Accompanied by her spotter and husband, she ventured to a variety of locations.
The couple soon learned that there was more to this than just camera settings, lighting, and getting the right angle. Not all wildlife is agreeable to having their picture taken, and many are not easily accessible.
Camera in hand, S. J. Brown encountered delicate butterflies, bears, birds, deer, wild horses, and more. Along the way, there are successes and failures, cooperative critters, curious subjects, and some close calls.
As a wildlife photographer S. J. Brown took her cues from her subjects. Their body language let her know when to step in for a closer shot and when to back away. When she was out in the field, she strove to observe and record not to interfere. The exception to this rule is when people pose a threat to wildlife; then she will take time to relocate a road dwelling critter to its location. Brown has saved snapper turtles from soup and other creatures from the taunts and teases of unwise humans, but she will not interfere with Mother Nature’s food chain unless it involves a domestic animal pursuing a wild creature. With this in mind, she has sent many a cat away from a bird feeder and saved many a squirrel from a curious canine.
Close Ups and Close Encounters by S.J. Brown
S. J. Brown’s book Close Ups & Close Encounters features over fifty of her wildlife photographs as well as the stories behind getting those images. S. J. Brown’s photographs and written words are her way of sharing her experiences. Introducing others, such as her granddaughter, to the field is one of her primary goals and loves. She hopes her work will give others an appreciation for the natural world.
PRAISE FOR CLOSE UPS AND CLOSE ENCOUNTERS:
My eight-year-old daughter and I quite enjoyed S.J. Brown’s book, “Close Ups and Close Encounters: A View From Behind the Lens”. The book features some nice photographs of wildlife ranging from a squirrel, butterflies, birds, and larger animals like giraffes, elephants, and bears. The paper quality is quite good, it is neither glossy nor too flimsy so the images show up well.
I have to say though that the photographs almost take a backseat to the stories of how S.J. Brown captured these images. The stories are grounded and down-to-earth and provide personal insights into the photographer’s journey as she photographed each subject. The stories are informative and peppered with occasional humor. My daughter and I wish there had been more photographs and it would have also helped if the author-photographer had provided locations for where the subjects were photographed. Other than that, this made an interesting and quick read. – Z Hayes (Amazon)
Really loved this book. The pictures were fabulous and the stories were well written and kept me glued to the pages. This book is for every age group and I am so glad I purchased it. Parents can even read this book to their children and the pictures that accompany them are beautiful. I would gladly recommend this book to anyone. – J. Gonce (Amazon)
GRAB A COPY!: Kindle Version is available on Amazon.com:Close Ups & Close Encounters: A View From Behind The Lens
The print version, also filled with beautiful full color photographs, is also available: Close Ups and Close Encounters: A View From Behind The Lens
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What was the inspiration behind this project and what was the process taken to produce Close Encounters(steps from how subjects were picked?, Photographs taken, writing process and then post production?)
The inspiration for Close Ups & Close Encounters was the subjects and a desire to share them. Not everyone can come to hear me speak, or chat with me at an exhibit. A nudge from Victor Banis a fellow author at an exhibit really got the process going. As for the process it evolved over time. Originally this book had another title and included more about my personal life. While working on it I regularly met with a writing group. The members of the group were more interested in my activities in the field than my background. Slowly my connections with critters were expanded and personal information was set aside.
Some of the photographs I had when I started this process, others inched their way in. During the process I constantly expanded on the number of stories as I acquired additional photographs and had new experiences. I really didn’t have a definite plan when this first began, I let the project dictate my direction. Eventually I had to decide to finish this project. Then what I consider the real work began.
I researched publishers, and agents. Then I began interviewing with agents, that is a nerve racking experience. I sent out query letters, and held my breath with each response. The end result was lots of positive feedback, but no one willing to take this project on. Time after time it was explained to me that dealing with photographs practically doubles the cost of the project. Since I am an unknown writer they didn’t want to invest that much time and money, but they loved it. Eventually a friend Michael T, who was about to release a book of his own pointed me in the direction of Acorn books.
After just one conversion I knew this was really going to happen. During the post production process we e mailed back and forth, chatted, and changed things around. With each proof read the images in the book changed. Since I work with film each time we thought we were done I rescanned all the photos, one more time. Eventually everyone was happy with the punctuation, grammar, and text in general. I was given the opportunity to make the final decision on the images with a few suggestions here and there. I also worked with a really patient cover designer,ToddAtune. He did a great job of keeping my suggestions in in mind when putting together both the front and back cover. It wasn’t until I had the printed proof in my hand that I let myself get excited. I have learned alot during the process and I am grateful for everyone that held my hand along the way.
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