Among Giants: A Life with Whales Hardcover – Apr 15 2011
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“This is not only a book of extraordinary pictures, which it is, and the story of an extraordinary life, which it is; this is the story of the man who opened the window on a world we barely knew existed before his work. A compelling, engaging adventure story, well told. I can’t recommend it highly enough.”
(Christopher Moore, author of Fluke)
“Flip Nicklin’s work reaches us on a profound level: his images inspire. They make us feel hopeful, passionate, engaged, transported, alive. He takes us under the surface with him, into a universe where we have front row seats to the most magical and wonderful giants on our planet, allowing us to witness an otherwise unimaginable marine world. With his talent and vision, Flip singlehandedly took underwater photography—and marine mammal photojournalism in general—to an entirely new level. Flip is, simply, the best of the very best.”
(Paul Nicklen, photographer and author of Polar Obsession)
“Flip Nicklin is my favorite marine mammal, and one to whom I am grateful beyond measure. As a colleague on National Geographic assignments, he guided me down into the underwater realm and shared the secrets he has spent so many years uncovering there. As an author, he does the same for readers in this revelatory tale of a life like no other among the biggest and most mysterious beings on the planet.”--Douglas Chadwick, author of The Wolverine Way
“Flip Nicklin is one of the great names in nature photography--someone who has turned photography of marine mammals into art and inspired a generation. What’s surprising is that this is the first major collection of his work.
It contains his classics, often the first-ever picture of a species or a behaviour--many of which are still the best pictures of their kind--but also new images, often thought-provoking compositions of gatherings of great whales.
With his text, the book also tells a story of discovery and the growth of our understanding of whale behaviour. The salutary reminder of how little we know about whales is that some of the pictures that Flip has taken are of individuals that were alive long before (modern) whale biology was born.”--Rosamund Kidman Cox
(Rosamund Kidman Cox)
"In Among Giants, Flip Nicklin's fabulous photographs and his captivating text combine to give us a true feeling for the animals of the interface between land and water (and sometimes ice). The world of whales is brought into focus by the world's best cetacean photographer, and his deeply personal story expresses his love and admiration for these marvelous and mysterious creatures. You will hold your breath as you descend into the depths with dolphins, belugas, sperm whales, and humpbacks, and exhale with sheer delight at the experience of diving with Flip and his enchanting companions." (Richard Ellis, author of The Great Sperm Whale)
About the Author
Widely regarded as the world’s leading cetacean photographer, Charles "Flip" Nicklin grew up around his father’s small dive shop on the California coast. He went on to become National Geographic’s premiere whale photographer and marine mammal specialist. Over the last quarter century Flip has photographed more than thirty species of whales and dolphins, some so endangered their very survival is in question. In 2001 he co-founded Whale Trust, a non-profit organization dedicated to research and public education.
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I have taken hundreds of thousands of pictures of whales and I dream of taking pictures this good.
This book is fantastic, the pictures are amazing (the best in the world) and the stories tell you how he got the pictures.
The book takes the reader right to when and where Flip captured the picture.
I could never, would never, get in the water with Killer Whalers, Sperm Whales, sharks etc.
I have purchased every book about whales that I could find and this is the best.
Since 1979, Nicklin has roamed the globe, snapping photographs of 30-odd species of whales, dolphins and other marine life. Associated with NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC for many years, Nicklin became their 'main man' for whale imagery. His photographs have introduced and entertained the public to the magical marine world of whales and educated them as well.
AMONG GIANTS is Nicklin's chronicle of his life with whales, a life that began with a chance encounter with a humpback and broadened to encounters with blue whales in the Pacific, Great Barrier Reef minke whales, sperm whales in the Indian Ocean and so many others. The photographs alone are worth the $40.00 price tag; they are AWESOME!!! Yet Nicklin's descriptions of his various encounters along with the fascinating information he shares on whales make this book an appealing purchase.
Whether you've gone eyeball-to-eyeball with a whale in some ocean or just have an interest in these magical creatures, AMONG GIANTS will be just what the doctor ordered. It opens up a previously-unseen world in spectacular - and touching - fashion. Highly recommended.
Captain Greg Brown
Owner of Weather Permitting Alaska LLC
Whale Watching and Adventure Company.
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