Our World Tour
A Photographic Journey Around the Earth
Publisher: Rocky Nook
Final Release Date: April 2014
Pages: 352

Designed to inspire world travelers and photographers alike, this book takes you on a journey around the globe through the eyes of photographer Mario Dirks. In the fall of 2011, camera and lens manufacturer Sigma sent Mario on a yearlong adventure to photograph the most beautiful places on earth. As Sigma's World Scout, he spent 50 weeks visiting a total of 77 cities, 48 countries, and 6 continents. He took 101 flights and traveled 2,500 miles on foot. The result of his tour is a collection of 347 extraordinary photographs showcasing fascinating destinations and scenic locations from around the world.

With this wealth of images and experiences, Mario Dirks has created a diversified snapshot of our earth. The images in this book show global sights like the Taj Mahal, Machu Picchu, Petra, the Grand Canyon, and Ayers Rock, as well as architectural masterpieces, unique natural landscapes, and portraits of people and animals.

Mario's photographs are accompanied by anecdotes from his travels, making this book a visual delicacy not only for traveling photographers, but for anyone interested in viewing captivating images from around the world. Come with the author on a journey to the Americas, Africa, Europe, Asia, and Australia; immerse yourself in the colorful and exciting variety of our world; and experience what great travel photography is made of.

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To be enjoyed over and over again

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    Comments about oreilly Our World Tour:

    Although, I have visited a few places that were part of this book and I am an amateur DSLR photographer myself, I just couldn't believe the dedication and patience that the author has had to carefully take each picture and put a matching comment to accompany it. Many a time I was wondering where the author stood or what risks he took to get that perspective.

    Both the picture and the comments together are delightfully savory food for the mind and spirit. The author has been very kind to mention the technicality on each picture - the critical information that every photographer craves after seeing a shot ("How did you get that? I have the same lens") - ISO, f-stop, shutter speed, and if any manipulation was done using Photoshop or HDR.

    Although this book might be perceived initially as an advertisement for Sigma, there is not much mention of it except at the beginning and that is fair. Sigma did pay for the tour and equipment and they deserve kudos for sponsoring this trip and having us all enjoy it vicariously. Behind every great photographer is a buddy and Mario Dirks has given due acknowledgement to his wife.

    This book will take you places. Literally! I am going to enjoy reading it over and over again. Every time, it brings out a new feeling in me.

     
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    Our Imagination around the world

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    This books tells the story of photograph (Mario Dirks) who won the Sigma « Our world » contest. Sigma is a manufacturer that builds photographic lenses and camera, and has decided through this tour to focus on the quality of their products in a great capture. Even if the beginning focus on the manufacturer more than the story and that we could be afraid that it would be a big ad for Sigma, in the end, it is not the case.The book exists in ebook format and in a paperback edition.

    The author, since he is not a professional photograph, takes a really interesting approach to build this book. We follow him through the pages in its travel around the world. From the United States to the Europe, we discover cities and places through his lenses. The book is not just an accumulation of photography with parameters. Each photography is followed by the story that brought the photograph to shoot the picture. Beyond the stories, each step of its travel is explained surrounded by the difficulties, the logistical problems and, better, the feelings that kind of travel brings.

    The travel starts in the US from Washington to the new Orleans, the pictures are on one hand splendid and colorful, on the other hand, black and white full of story pictures. I love long exposure photography and this books has really beautiful ones. After that, the Canada follows with Vancouver and Toronto, then follows the south america with Rio.

    Africa comes with its great landscapes and portraits. The shoots are made to bring you there with a sens of curiosity. The pictures of Morocco are splendid, followed by Dubai and Jordan. The colorful India and China are present too. Finally, the pop colored japan is as the designer's republic imagines it. And Seoul?…. Well, maybe the weakest point of the book appears here. With so much pictures and places, it can be regretted that some cities or places are not covered by the tour. The magnificent Seoul and its palaces, or the cappadocian valleys in Turkey would have brought interesting challenges and pictures. Most of the places seem to be more « common » hot spots than a real travel investigation to cover too unexplored areas with challenging pictures.

    The last interesting point is the acknowledgement. In fact behind, all photographs, there is a wife or a husband that take cares and motives you. Acknowledging them, by giving a dedicated place, is important, and it is well placed in this book.

    In the end, the book is full of beautiful pictures from interesting perspectives of rich places. The fact that Sigma is behind the project is removed along the pages of the book, and it let the place for an interesting travel full of images. I will open again this book in the future, because travelling is made also with the spirit.

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