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#1 Stellarfire

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 01:41 PM

Good news for all lovers of decent Moon picture books, a new publication is coming: "Walking on the Moon", by Olivier de Goursac, Five Ties Publishing, Inc. (New York).
According the description, it is featuring 190 beautifully restored photographs of the Apollo missions.

Five Ties' homepage says "now available". I just tried to order a copy. But after pushing the "buy now" button, one gets redirected to Amazon.com and the following statement appears: "Sign up to be notified when this item becomes available". :(
Amazon mentions the publication date as June 15, 2010 , so one would assume that there already was a first edition printing, but I did not find any copies on the international used books market. Strange situation...

Anyway, I hope Five Ties makes it available soon.

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#2 Matthew Ota

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Posted 20 January 2012 - 03:17 AM

IMHO, photo books are just too easy to write. I can make one myself as it takes little talent in wordsmithing to make one.
Thus I have little respect for them.

I can see the same images on my computer for free from NASA sites in RGB. No need for me to see them in CMYK.

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Posted 28 January 2012 - 03:34 AM

Well.. about "Walking on Mars" ("LUNE" in France), note that the images printed inside are nowhere to be found on the Internet, because they were especially made by the author (a specialist in space imagery) for NASA HQ to promote the ill-fated Constellation program. These are huge, seamless, fully corrected, de-crossed, mosaics and they were shown between 2006 and 2008 at various science museums in the US and were presented at conferences by NASA and by former Moon astronauts (Alan Bean, Dave Scott, Gene Cernan, Buzz Aldrin...). Five Ties (the publisher in the US) purchased the rights of "LUNE" in France, BUT the French publisher received NO more news since... (publishers in France : Tallandier - La Martinière, 2009)

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Posted 28 January 2012 - 05:34 AM

Hi vikingmars,

Welcome in the forum, and thank you very much for the hint on the original French version called "Lune".

I was informed that 90,000 copies of "Lune" were already sold in France. That sounds promising for the big US market.
Nevertheless, Five Ties Publishing, who purchased from the French publisher the publishing rights of "Lune", apparently postponed the publication of "Walking on the Moon". They did not even respond to my both inquiries, friendly asking about the planned publication date...

I went ahead and just ordered a new copy of "Lune" at Amazon.fr.

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Posted 28 January 2012 - 10:03 AM

:roflmao:

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Posted 28 January 2012 - 01:28 PM

A clarification on my previous posting.

I was making a point about the difference between photo books and print books. I think print type books are harder to write than photo books. Photo books have captions. Print books have chapters with with pages of text content.

To me it is harder to write whole chapters. Easier to add photos with concise captions.

Also, there is a photo book containing hundreds of restored Apollo images that was published years ago:
http://www.amazon.co...27775153&sr=1-1

So what is so new about this book?

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Posted 28 January 2012 - 02:15 PM

So what is so new about this book?



Reading the post by vikingmars, the images in "Lune" were processed by the author, Olivier de Goursac. Olivier is, as described, a well-known specialist in science and space imagery. So I would expect to see new beautiful image material, not just the same as in Michael Light's absolutely outstanding "Full-Moon".

By the way, Olivier de Goursac is also the author of the wonderful photo book "Visions of Mars".

Stephan

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Posted 29 January 2012 - 10:40 AM

Here is another one from the "LUNE" book... Enjoy ! ;)

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Posted 29 January 2012 - 10:53 AM

And, from the "LUNE" book one of the explanations ("step 3") of the restoration of Apollo pictures made. Enjoy ;)

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Posted 29 January 2012 - 11:26 AM

And, taken from the book "LUNE", another excerpt also : the famous Alan Shepard picture (Apollo 14) put in its real context as seen from the LMP window... Shown here to answer the question "So what is so new about this book?". Those "LUNE" book images were NEVER shown on the Internet (exept now inside the wonderful CloudyNights site) and are many steps beyond in imaging processings than the ones published previously. "LUNE" book is foreworded by Dr. James B. Garvin (formerly the Head of science at NASA HQ, i.e. "NASA Scientist") and by Dave Scott, Astronaut-photographer (CMP of Apollo 9 & CDR of Apollo 15). Enjoy also....

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Posted 04 February 2012 - 11:31 AM

I just got it delivered from Amazon: "Lune", by Olivier de Goursac, published in 2009 by the French publishing house Tallandier La Martinière. My first impression is very positive. It is a similar beautiful photo book like Michael Light's monumental "Full-Moon". Like "Full-Moon", it is decently offset printed on matte-coated quality paper, which warrants very good sharpness, brilliance, and tonal/contrast range of the color and b/w images. Definitely not to be compared with todays POD-junk out there, as already discussed elsewhere. (According a small marking on last page, "Lune" was printed by Tien Wah Press, Malaysia. Apparently, they still know how to do a good solid 4-color offset printing job.)

"Lune" is a soft-bound publication, its dimensions are: 32cm x 22.5cm x 1.8cm (12.6" x 8.9" x 0.7"), measured weight is 1,104 grams (2 lb. 6.9 oz.). It has total 224 pages. The concept of "Lune" is quite the same as in "Full-Moon". Both are highly aesthetical photo books, fascinating through their large number of outstanding full-page, 3/4 and 1/2-page images, which leave absolutely nothing to be desired. As in "Full-Moon", the photo legend of "Lune" (French-written) is found at the end, forming pages 206-218.

I did a quick side-by-side comparison with Michael Light's "Full-Moon", in order to find out if it contains some identical images as in "Full-Moon". But as far as I can see, I may confirm that "Lune" entirely contains different images. They were carefully selected and painstakingly processed by the author, Olivier de Goursac. The digitally enhanced images and panoramas from the lunar surface are absolutely breathtaking.

Conclusion: At EUR 28.03 (USD $ 36.87 at current exchange rate), including free international shipping to Switzerland, "Lune" is a strong buy, and without doubt one of my most intelligent lunar book purchases of the last years.
If you like highly aesthetical lunar photo books like "Full-Moon", you will like "Lune", too. Don't miss it out!

And a big THANK YOU to Olivier de Goursac (the author), for his efforts and bringing that marvellous lunar book to us! :goodjob:

Stephan

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Posted 08 February 2012 - 11:39 AM

I went ahead and just ordered a new copy of "Lune" at Amazon.fr.

Stephan


I don't read French, but, it appears an English version will be available through them this May.

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Posted 08 February 2012 - 02:32 PM

Yes, according Amazon France, "Walking on the Moon" will be available in May 2012.
But as of today, February 08, 2012, still no publication date is given on the homepage of the publisher itself (Five Ties Publishing), nor on Amazon.com.

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 05:44 AM

Amazon.co.uk lists it with a pre-order price!

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Posted 22 April 2012 - 03:24 PM

Yes, and according the same site, the publishing date will be June 30, 2012.

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 07:50 AM

Amazon.co.uk still says June 30, 2012. We will see...

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 12:55 PM

IMHO, photo books are just too easy to write. I can make one myself as it takes little talent in wordsmithing to make one.


To make one? Yeah. Maybe. To make one _well_? Not so much; that's maybe even harder than a "text" book. ;)

As for photos in print...no computer monitor can yet compete with the most beautifully printed hard-copy images.

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 01:04 PM

As for photos in print...no computer monitor can yet compete with the most beautifully printed hard-copy images.



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Posted 01 June 2012 - 08:29 AM

IMHO, photo books are just too easy to write. I can make one myself as it takes little talent in wordsmithing to make one.



To make one? Yeah. Maybe. To make one _well_? Not so much; that's maybe even harder than a "text" book. ;)

As for photos in print...no computer monitor can yet compete with the most beautifully printed hard-copy images.


Well that’s an “artistic assessment” not a technical one, as in “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”, etc. At this point both print and monitor do a very poor job with the full dynamic range of astro images. What you see with both is a view with the true brightness range crushed, or the highlights blocked up and/or dark portions gone black. “Artistic” aside, a monitor has a better dynamic range than any print…. but both are pretty poor compared to the response of the human eye.

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Posted 15 August 2012 - 03:02 AM

Still no news on "Walking on the Moon", by Olivier de Goursac, Five Ties Publishing, Inc. (New York).

Five Ties' homepage still says "now available". But after pressing the "buy now" button, one gets redirected to amazon.com and the same "Sign up to be notified when this item becomes available" message appears.

Hello Five Ties Inc., it is time for better news!

Stephan

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Posted 15 August 2012 - 07:00 AM



Well that’s an “artistic assessment” not a technical one, as in “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”, etc. At this point both print and monitor do a very poor job with the full dynamic range


_Perhaps_, but print, when done right is still better. ;)

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 03:26 PM




Well that’s an “artistic assessment” not a technical one, as in “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”, etc. At this point both print and monitor do a very poor job with the full dynamic range


_Perhaps_, but print, when done right is still better. ;)



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Posted 03 November 2012 - 05:17 PM

Announced publication project is still in deep sleep mode... No progress on this one. What is Five Ties waiting for?

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 04:38 AM

I am asking myself what Five Ties Inc. is waiting for. The announced publication is still on their webpage, but absolutely no progress is recognizable... :question:

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 12:38 PM

Still no word on English version on Amazon!






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