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Originally published Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 5:30 AM

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NW Books: Photographing nature in a digital era

Books of Seattle-area interest: “The New Art of Photographing Nature,” “Day Hiking Eastern Washington,” “Period 8” and “Larry Loves Seattle.”

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“The New Art of Photographing Nature: An Updated Guide to Composing Stunning Images of Animals, Nature, and Landscapes” by Art Wolfe, Martha Hill and Tim Grey (Amphoto Books, $29.99). First released in 1993, this guide has been updated to reflect the dramatic changes in photography in the last 20 years. Wolfe is a Seattle-based photographer. Digital-imaging expert Tim Grey, a new contributor, shares his tips on digital imaging and processing throughout.

“Day Hiking Eastern Washington” by Rich Landers and Craig Romano (The Mountaineers Books, $18.95). This illustrated guide to Eastern Washington day hikes, specifically Kettles-Selkirks, the Columbia Plateau and the Blue Mountains, describes 125 trips hikers can take in the area. With maps, recommended activities, round-trip distance guides and suggestions for extended routes, this guide is helpful for planning and picking the best route.

“Period 8” by Chris Crutcher (Greenwillow, $17.99). For ages 14 and up: Paulie knows he’s a jerk for cheating on his girlfriend; he’s the one who confessed to her. But as the truth slowly comes out during lunchtime sessions in a cool teacher’s classroom, Paulie discovers there is more going on than he realizes. One of his buddies might just be a psychopath bent on ruining lives. The author lives in Spokane.

“Larry Loves Seattle” by John Skewes (Sasquatch, $9.99). For ages 1-3: Larry the dog doesn’t get lost in the city this time, but he still hits the sights in this board book. Larry loves fish at the Pike Place Market and the Space Needle at Seattle Center. Unfortunately, although Qwest Field was renamed CenturyLink Field in 2011, Larry still loves football in the stadium’s former moniker. The author/illustrator lives in Seattle.

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