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Don
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Manny's Philosophy

Post by Don » July 1st, 2010, 5:12 pm

I was kicking around Manny Rubio's website and was struck by the philosophy expressed at the following link. Having been an admirer of his work for many years, I find it simple but sound. Y'all may enjoy it, too!
http://www.mannyrubio.com/home.php
<NOTE: The link only hit's the home page, so I copied and pasted. Hope he doesn't mind!>

Manny’s Philosophy for Successful Photography

* If an image has to be explained, IT DOESN’T work.
* Mediocrity is always mediocrity.
* The camera is nothing more than a tool.
* Know your limits.
* Use the HIGHEST QUALITY equipment and be TOTALLY FAMILIAR with it.
* VISUALIZE the end result.
* Do it IN THE CAMERA, don’t rely on Photoshop.
* Know your subject; do your HOMEWORK.
* Think, plan, and then THINK and PLAN SOME MORE.
* Being aware and prepared for problems is not cynical, it’s SMART.
* The results must SATISFY YOU.

Thank you, Mr. Rubio, for your art and your knowledge!

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Re: Manny's Philosophy

Post by justinm » July 2nd, 2010, 9:54 am

I remember many years ago reading his book "Rattlesnakes" and being in awe of the photography.

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Re: Manny's Philosophy

Post by AndyO'Connor » July 2nd, 2010, 10:56 am

The rock rattlesnake eating the centipede is an awesome moment to capture, but he has too many amazing pictures to pick just one. Thanks for posting this.

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Re: Manny's Philosophy

Post by Paul White » July 3rd, 2010, 9:23 pm

Reading his rattlesnake book in college is what made me interested in cameras :)
I'm still learning of course (and am still pretty newbish) but yeah...I agree with the whole doing it in the camera thing particularly!

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Re: Manny's Philosophy

Post by Bill Love » July 5th, 2010, 8:46 am

Manny Rubio judged a herp photo contest I entered in Atlanta for the Georgia Herpetological Society back in the early 1980s. My slide of a gold eyelash viper won one of the categories, and he asked me specifically why I thought it impressed him. Admittedly, I wasn't 100% sure, and he took the time to explain how the silhouetted 'eyelash' (against dark, blurry background foliage) made the shot 'pop'. That early lesson stuck with me. Thanx, Manny. Great website, too!

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Re: Manny's Philosophy

Post by Don » July 6th, 2010, 4:39 pm

Shameless Plug:

Manny has a new rattlesnake field guide coming out soon. The usual last-minute changes seem to have delayed publication, but I'm betting it's gonna be a winner. There will be a limited number of specially bound signed and numbered copies available. He's thinking of writing another including Mexican rattlers.

Rubio's many years of focusing on rattlesnakes (pun unavoidable) and his photographic prowess make his work mandatory for every herp library. I remember eons ago seeing photo credits in Kauffeld's books citing Manuel V. Rubio.

Glad he's finally shared his very best work with our world!

D :thumb:

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Re: Manny's Philosophy

Post by Paul White » July 7th, 2010, 8:46 am

I had no idea he'd been around this long!
what's the title of the new book?

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