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Books by Jon Sparks

  • Scrambles & Easy Climbs in the Lake District

    Jon Sparks

    Product Code: BEWOA
    Paperback
    This is the updated 2nd edition, now in full colour. "Scrambles & Easy Climbs in the Lake District" is about the appreciation of rock, the exhilaration of climbing, and the sheer pleasure of doing it in some of the most beautiful places on earth. By discarding the arbitrary division between scrambles and rock-climbs, the books makes its readers free to explore all the Lake District's rocky places. This book, by two experienced rock-climbers, Jon Sparks and Judith Brown, also offers sound advice on how to get started and how to progress; routes that are safe in the wet, and those that should be saved for perfect conditions; and, where to eat, drink and sleep between the ascents. But above all you'll find 69 routes, from scrambling Grade 1 to rock-climbing V.Diff, which explore the many faces of Lakeland rock. There is no better way to spend a Lakeland day than climbing Scafell Pike via the Esk Gorge, Thor's Buttress and Ill Crags. "Scrambles & Easy Climbs" offers a score of such expeditions, from valley floor to airy summit, with hands on rock almost all the way. Less arduous, but equally enjoyable, are days on valley crags like Shepherd's or stand-alone scrambles like Cam Crag Ridge. You can clamber on sunny Pikes Crag high above Wasdale Head; potter about above the oak woods of the Duddon valley; or climb Kirk Fell the wet way, through the waterfalls of Ill Gill.
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  • Nikon D5200

    Jon Sparks

    Product Code: BCXWE
    Paperback
    It is presented in perfect camera-bag size and includes a quick reference guide - great for on the go! It comes from UK author, Jon Sparks. A mid-range DSLR, the Nikon D5200 - long awaited replacement for the D5100 - is the next model up in line from the company's D3200 and intended for anyone seeking good quality images without the expense of a high-end DSLR. Apart from a new top-plate drive mode button and a stereo microphone in front of the hot-shoe, the D5200 is physically similar to its predecessor, although the neat, compact body contains many internal upgrades. These include a 39-point AF system that covers most of the frame, and a 2016 pixel RGB colour-sensitive metering sensor. The D5200 features a 24MP CMOS sensor and offers a greater ISO range than its predecessor and faster continuous shooting. The D5200 supports Nikon's WU-1a Wi-Fi unit that plugs into the camera's accessory terminal and allows images to be transmitted wirelessly to a smartphone or tablet. The 18-55mm kit lens ideal for newcomers to DSLRs, while the K-mount enables the use of any other lenses from a Nikon DSLR.
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  • The Lancashire Cycleway

    Jon Sparks

    Product Code: AWZAH
    Paperback
    Comprising two distinct loops that intersect at Whalley in the Ribble Valley, the 425km (265 mile) Lancashire Cycleway showcases the idyllic scenery of England's historic Red Rose County. The Northern Loop contrasts the quiet lanes and peaceful countryside of northwestern Lancashire with the thrill of the open moors of the Forest of Bowland AONB; the Southern loop weaves its way between the villages and towns in the south of the county, an area rich in social history. Easily accessible from the region's rail network, the route - which is all on-road - can be cycled either as a tour or a series of day rides. This guidebook presents the Lancashire Cycleway in 11 stages of 26.6-49.7km (16.5-30.9 miles), plus two short connections to link the loops to the major regional stations at Lancaster and Wigan, as well as 17 varied day rides for those wishing to explore the county further. Detailed route description and 1:100,000 mapping is presented alongside a wealth of information on local points of interest and facilities, and the magnificent colour photography offers a small taste of what the routes have to offer. The guide also includes useful advice for those new to cycling or cycle touring. Lancashire is a great place to cycle, and cycling is a great way to see Lancashire. One of its delights is its sheer variety. There's easy riding on the flat expanses of the west of the county and the gentle undulations of Arnside and Silverdale or the Ribble Valley. More stirring challenges are found in West Pennine Moors and the epic crossing of the Bowland Fells. But even on the wildest stretches, you're never too far from a welcoming pub and somewhere to sleep.
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  • Nikon D5500

    Jon Sparks

    Product Code: AOCYG
    Paperback
    Nikon's D5500 DSLR is an update to the popular D5300, featuring a touch-sensitive rear LCD screen and improved ergonomics. In almost every other respect, it's a compact, lightweight 24MP entry-level DSLR similar to its predecessor. This is a comprehensive step-by-step guide to the Nikon D5500 that includes a pull-out reference card. Author Jon Sparks provides practical tips on how to get the best from this versatile camera.
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  • Nikon D7100

    Jon Sparks

    Product Code: AIDOU
    Paperback
    Jon Sparks provides useful tips and hints throughout to help you get the most of this versatile camera. Included is a handy pullout reference card. The D7100 DSLR camera is the latest model from Nikon, superseding the D7000 in the highly-advanced, enthusiast range and is the flagship DX-format APS-C cropped-sensor model in the company's line-up. It's a weather-resistant portable DSLR for the passionate and serious photographer seeking a remarkable level of sharpness. With the absence of an optical low pass filter (OLPF) images with greater detail can be achieved. The D7100 is a 24.1-megapixel camera with an EXPEED 3 image processor, capable of delivering lifelike full resolution stills at 6fps and full HD 1080p video recording.
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  • Nikon D3200

    Jon Sparks

    Product Code: AFVHH
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    This is a pull-out reference card gives quick access to the camera's functions. UK author Jon Sparks gives an in-depth guide to using this impressive camera, with hints and tips. Nikon's new entry-level DSLR has been updated with the arrival of the D3200, a more sophisticated option to its popular budget D3100. Jon Sparks offers professional advice, hints and tips, on how to get the best from this versatile camera. The D3200 offers the highest pixel count from an APS-C sensor. The 24.2 million pixel count offers greater post-capture cropping potential, ideal for relatively new DSLR users. It has the option to add an affordable Wi-Fi transmitter (to connect the camera to smartphones and tablets for remote shooting and uploading images to social networking sites). The camera offers a speedy Expeed 3 processing engine, low noise, and a range of frame rates for Full HD video recording. A Guide mode is especially helpful to beginners, handholding through the basic functions and offering advice for setting up shots.
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  • Night & Low Light Photography

    Jon Sparks

    Product Code: AEWQG
    Paperback
    Photographs captured in low light conditions, or even in the dark of night, can be powerfully dramatic, sensually moody, or vibrant and glistening with the illumination of stars, streetlamps, or other artificial lighting. Modern digital SLR cameras are impressively capable of rendering images shot in low light, and professional UK photographer David Taylor discusses, clearly and concisely, the best cameras, lenses, tripods, filters, reflectors, cable releases, flash and other equipment that are essential for this enthralling genre of photography. It is a detailed, jargon-busting guide to exposure includes information on metering, dynamic range, aperture, depth of field and hyperfocal distance when related to shooting in low light.
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