Bob Phillips Images

The Photographer

A Moment of Experience

My work is unlike the artistry of many landscape and commercial photographers, who search out perfect conditions for their images, take repeated exposures of the same subject, and make endless adjustments to the configuration and settings of their equipment. For me, photography has always been an extension of my travels, and of my curiosity. The photograph is not an artifact, but rather an attempt to record a brief moment of my own experience.

Taksim Square, Istanbul, circa 1972

The angle, hour, lighting, and weather don’t always cooperate. It is simple serendipity that the composition, color, emotion, and subject matter of some of the thousands of photographs I have taken successfully captured the moment as I remember having lived it. Luckily, some of those are also beautiful images in and of themselves.

Biographical Note

I am a retired educator and currently live in Georgetown, Texas, with my wife Elaine. In my early career, I worked with the Department of Defense Schools in Japan and Europe, which precipitated life-long loves of travel and photography, both of which I continue to pursue.

Feel free to contact me for more information.

The Equipment

Film and Digital Cameras

Most of my photographs prior to the year 2000 were taken with Nikon F and Nikkormat FT single-lens reflex cameras, while those between 2000 and 2003 were taken with a Nikon N6006 (Nikon F601) automatic camera. Generally, RGB or Kodachrome slide film were used, and in almost all cases the cameras were handheld.

From 2003 forward, most images were taken with a Nikon D100 digital camera, which accommodates the lenses of the Nikon N6006. Most of the images I will be adding to the gallery in the future will also have been taken with digital equipment. Many of the more recent images are also taken with the benefit of a tripod.

Nikkormat FT

Post-Processing

Slides were digitized using a Nikon Coolscan IV ED film and slide scanner with an optical resolution of 2,900 DPI. Images were processed, as necessary, using Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. Generally, adjustments have been slight, but some older slides sustained significant color loss, which in turn prompted more elaborate enhancement. In some extreme cases, I changed what were originally color photographs to monochrome.

Links

Some links to photography organizations and fellow photographers.

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