Shooting Paddlers: Photographic Adventures with Canoeists, Kayakers and Rafters

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Dundurn, May 15, 2000 - Photography - 176 pages
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Shooting Paddlers: Photographic Adventures With Canoeists, Kayakers and Rafters is the first book published anywhere designed to help all paddlers strengthen their ability to see, recognize and record meaningful images. It presents an original approach to the study of photography, concentrating on specific possibilities and problems unique to the paddling environment. Most of the 238 black-and-white and colour photographs are discussed through the presentation of one or several pictures on a page, each accompanied by an analysis that includes explanations, tips, recommendations and other useful background information. Shooting Paddlers provides a wealth of specialized knowledge, difficult, if not impossible, to find elsewhere.

"I would have saved myself a fortune in wasted film if I had this book years ago when I first began to write about canoeing. Shooting Paddlers is unique because it analyzes 'water' shots through a paddler's eye and suggests how to improve them. Toni Harting's work is awesome! Even the oldest dogs will learn new tricks if they take to heart his suggestions."
- Cliff Jacobson guides canoe trips in northern Canada for the Science Museum of Minnesota. He is a contributing editor to Canoe & Kayak Magazine and the author of sixteen books.

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About the author (2000)

Toni (Antoni) Harting immigrated to Canada from The Netherlands in 1970 and has lived in Toronto with his wife and canoeing partner, Ria, ever since. He holds two Master of Applied Science degrees in Aerospace Engineering, but left his consulting engineering profession in 1974 to build a new career as a full-time freelance writer-photographer specializing in canoe topics, particularly wilderness canoeing.

Over the years he has become the international expert in paddling photography and the products of his work have been widely published in numerous books, articles, brochures, posters, manuals, catalogues, calendars, book reviews, reports and logos. Several of his photographs are included in private art collections. For many years, Toni has presented illustrated lectures and courses on subjects related to wilderness canoeing and paddling photography.

In 1993, one of his photographs was used in the design of a postage stamp by Canada Post. In 1996, Toni published the important book French River: Canoeing the River of the Stick-Wavers, and he is now recognized as the leading authority on canoeing that historic river. He is the editor of Nastawgan, the quarterly journal of the Wilderness Canoe Association.

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