Field Notes: A Photographic Journey is a reflective voyage that will take you to a variety of spots that the author has traveled down as an outdoor photographer. His viewpoint is that a great photograph begins in the field with an excellent capture. Once you have the capture, it is then that you can improve upon the image with post processing techniques.
In Field Notes: A Photographic Journey, you will find a wide variety of images in which are presented the technical details of the both the image capture and the techniques that were applied during post processing. You will also learn the backstory of how he came to shoot the image along with small tidbits of knowledge that the author has learned over the years. This is an eBook, and it is 60 pages in length — as with all of the Luminescence of Nature Press books, you are authorized to have a copy printed through a commercial printing service. It is also iPad compatible.
Field Notes starts off with providing 36 separate photographs, each on their own page as well as a description of the shot with location and the year captured. The image takes up approximately 33% of the page with text filling the remainder. The main part of the text is the explanation of how the shot came about. Filling in the rest are the technical notes (camera, lens, shutter speed, aperture, and ISO, as well as any other information on filters and other accessories), plus processing notes on software, and other information.
Each of the images contained in this section really stand on their own. As I said, Odell is an outdoor photographer, so these are mostly outdoor locations, but the gamut of shots is wide ranging. They range from landscapes, wildlife, urban landscapes, jet airplanes, flowers, panoramas, macros, and a couple indoor HDR looks as well. The stories contained on each one contain quite a bit of information both on the shot as well as information that the author has learned in the past – one example is that he used to only want to go out on sunny days because it was his perception that this was the best time to capture, but eventually learned that there were certain things to shoot that were better off captured on cloudy days.