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Aug 16th, 2005, 06:53 PM
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Phil, many thanks for sharing your stunning photos. I've been on safari many times, but have I really "seen" a white rhino? One has to then question, what are we really seeing? Your photos reveal a vibrant world pulsing with energy and color. I look forward to learning some techniques from your website for my next safari. Thank you, Phil. -nancy
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Aug 16th, 2005, 07:18 PM
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Thanks, Nancy for the kind words on my teaching galleries. I hope you will stop by often, and pick up some useful concepts for your own photography. Feel free to post comments and questions under my pictures, and I will always respond.

I was delighted by your observation regarding what we are really seeing when we look at an animal on safari. Most of us are thrilled to simply be in an animals presence, and the photos we make of that moment is often a record of what we have seen. Yet every now and then we may be fortunate enough to go beyond making that for the record shot, and instead make an image that expresses the character or behavior of that animal in a uniquely memorable way.

I call such images "expressive" in that they are able to go beyond simple description or record of what we have seen, and instead interpret the subject in such a way that it can express meaning to those who were not there to see it in person. Instead of just showing others what an animal looked like, we can say something to them about that animal in a uniquely memorable way, stirring thoughts and the imagination in the process.

That is what I try to teach in my galleries and workshops, Nancy. I welcome your enthusiasm, and hope you will find my website will give you a new way to "see" those animals on your next safari.

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Aug 16th, 2005, 07:22 PM
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South Luangwa photos from a different Phil!

Just saw these on Fred Miranda's wildlife forum:

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/267031
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Aug 16th, 2005, 07:52 PM
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Thanks, Roccco for the link. The Different Phil makes us feel as if we are there with him. His photographs are often expressive -- and tell a story, particularly the foraging elephant, the lions at breakfast, the hippos on rest break, and the giraffe portrait. It makes me want to leave right now for South Luangwa Park, but I have to wait for four and half more months.

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Aug 17th, 2005, 07:44 PM
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Phil, thank you for taking the time to provide a bit more insight into your photography. As I mentioned, it is as though you capture the essence, or "soul" of the subject through your lens. The novice photographer can stumble upon a remarkable shot on occasion. It just seems to happen. The "being" of the animal flashes forth and we manage to click at just the right moment. It's such an elusive thing, really, and takes the gifts of vision and skill with the camera to capture these things through intention. Thank you for sharing your gifts with us. I find your work profoundly moving. -nancy
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Aug 17th, 2005, 07:50 PM
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Phil, count me in also for the clinic. Can't wait to see the wild life gallery!

Do you have a mailing list?

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Aug 17th, 2005, 08:52 PM
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Thanks, Nancy, for your kind followup note. As you say, capturing the essence of an animal is not an easy thing. A lot of people consider it mainly a matter of luck, and there is no doubt that there is always an element of chance involved. But I have always maintained that there are ways we can make our own good fortune in photographing life. Luck is, as someone once said, the residue of design. Somebody else has called photography "one per cent inspiration and 99 per cent perspiration." To me, so much of wildlife photography is based on anticipation, which in turn, comes to us from observation. If we watch how animals behave, interact, or react, we are likely
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Aug 17th, 2005, 09:03 PM
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Thanks, Nancy, for your kind followup note. As you say, capturing the essence of an animal is not an easy thing. A lot of people consider it mainly a matter of luck, and there is no doubt that there is always an element of chance involved. But I have always maintained that there are ways we can make our own good fortune in photographing animal life. Luck is, as someone once said, the residue of design. Somebody else has called photography "one per cent inspiration and 99 per cent perspiration." To me, so much of wildlife photography is based on anticipation, which in turn, comes to us from observation. If we carefully note how animals behave, interact, or react, we are better prepared to anticipate what may happen next. What may first seem as gifts of vision and skill, are actually often the end products of observation and anticipation.

In other words, we must learn how to see before we can consistently express meaning in our pictures. Yes, our subjects may seem elusive. But all creatures behave in certain ways, and if we can come come to understand how and why and when, our chances of telling a story with our pictures are greatly enhanced.

Thank you again for your kind words, Nancy.

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Aug 17th, 2005, 09:05 PM
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Sorry for the double post, Nancy -- I sent the first one by accident. Phil
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Aug 17th, 2005, 09:08 PM
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Thanks, Judy, for your question. I would be happy to provide you with any information on my training services by email.

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