World Waterfall Database
Book Review

Pennsylvania Waterfalls

Brown, Scott E. (author)

Stackpole Books, 2004
Edition 1
Format Paperback
Print Style Full Color
Book Type Guidebook
Page Count 144
ISBN 0-8117-3184-7
In Print? Yes
Picture quality (5)
Picture Quantity (4)
Accuracy of Content (5)
Thoroughness of Content (4)
Production Value (5)

Reviewed by Dean Goss

Scott Brown sets the bar for waterfall books to a new height. His understanding of how to photograph waterfalls is brilliantly displayed in this fine effort. Over 105 waterfalls are covered in this book.

The book is printed on glossy stock, one notch below optimum. Semi gloss paper doesn't have the annoying reflection. That's the extent of the downside of the book. The positives VASTLY outweigh the sole negative. The falls are beautifully photographed and come with very good maps. Each waterfall has a factbox that gives me the data I tend to crave in addition to the visual pop.

His photography hints are brief and accurate. He is an advocate of the long exposure and much of his advice relates to checking the edges of your shot for intrusive branches and so forth. He advises careful attention being paid to the details of the shot. The philosophy seems to be, "Watch the pennies and the dollars will take care of themselves." Indeed, the smallest things are the easiest to overlook and paying attention to small details will generally make a decent shot into a great one.

The Bottom Line: If this were a hardcover book, the quality of the art is suitable for framing. It still manages to be a useful guidebook although I'd likely bring a photocopy of the relevant pages along rather than spoil this fine book by allowing it to be dogeared and field worn. If you never set foot in Pennsylvania, you should still find a copy of this book. If nothing else, it's a beautiful book. It is the current reigning top quality waterfall book.

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