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A Special Day for Special Children at Manila Zoo
« on: April 19, 2008, 10:48:19 PM »
It started with an ordinary story of Sir John Chua who one day came across with Ian.  Now, that story made a great impact on Ian’s family and everyone who heard that story were touched including why this morning's event at Manila Zoo took place, "A Special Day for Special Children" click this for more details.

These children more or less cannot relate to the colorful world around us that we see.  Their world might be surrounded in black and white (or sadly dimmer than it) like this:


but this morning, thru the leadership of Sir John, those who have participated in this event made possible to translate the black and white into very colorful stories and experiences that the 18 children will remember and cherish.  I'm happy to be part of this event and my story begin as I learn to translate the black and white into colorful experiences this way....

 
This event were made possible thru:

Sir John Chua and family
Manila Zoo Director
Canon Marketing Phils.
Aperture
The Zoo Vets
Pipho Photographers
Ms. Linda Choy and the parents
and to everyone who have participated in their own little ways.

Let me borrow this from Choy's family... as they quoted...
"Blessed are you who spend time and effort with me, for you make my world colorful."

To all who participated this morning's event... tell us your stories plus the special moments that you've captured with these special children.
 

   
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A Special Day for Special Children at Manila Zoo
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Re: A Special Day for Special Children at Manila Zoo
« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2008, 11:22:13 PM »
Here are some of the best moment of their lives this morning at Manila Zoo...

Czarina


Eugemar (a 16 yr old kid who was assigned to me)


Lorenzo


Albert

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Re: A Special Day for Special Children at Manila Zoo
« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2008, 11:25:34 PM »
This is such a nice activity, so selfless, so much sharing, and making children so happy. I hope this continues so that we can reach out and touch the lives of children who have disabilities. These small things definitely means a lot to them. Wow.

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Re: A Special Day for Special Children at Manila Zoo
« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2008, 12:55:35 AM »
This is a testament that photography isn't just for those who can see but for everyone who has a heart. For the organizers and individuals who selflessly shared their talents, time, love and care, you just keep our world more colorful and meaningful to live. God Bless you all! I can't wait to see those big smiles!

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Re: A Special Day for Special Children at Manila Zoo
« Reply #4 on: April 20, 2008, 01:48:43 AM »
I wasnt a photographer in this event. so pardon my blurring photos:

Group Hug


This was taken when the Wire agencies requested a group photo. Some of the pipho photographers had left already.


The Blind can See while Kathy was letting this girl touch the horse.


Remember Ian. He was there with his parent. He was shooting every kids.


This is Jason, the most loveable of them all. So positive so firendly so makulit... he was insisting that he would like to touch the tiger...
Here the pig was lying down. jason thought it was a PIGGY BANK. so he was looking for the Coin Slot on the back  ;D



Kiddie Zoo volunteer explaining to the child about Crocs.


Kids have more fun with the birds




Photographers take turn in having their images printed by Canon



Presenting the prints to the children





Proud Parents showing off their prints


Sorry, I miss out a lot of opportunities to shoot. I am sure the 15 photographers will have more than enough to fill your hearts.

Thank you for viewing this thread.  magicEye




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Re: A Special Day for Special Children at Manila Zoo
« Reply #5 on: April 20, 2008, 08:49:56 AM »
Very nice pics.  clap clap clap for all the kids...    

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Re: A Special Day for Special Children at Manila Zoo
« Reply #6 on: April 20, 2008, 10:04:56 AM »
This is a testament that photography isn't just for those who can see but for everyone who has a heart.

Very beautifully said!
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Re: A Special Day for Special Children at Manila Zoo
« Reply #7 on: April 20, 2008, 12:38:27 PM »
What we got from Manila Zoo shooting ?
1. Free entrance to Manila Zoo;
2. Freely interaction with pets and animals, feeding, hugging,riding on their back, letting me parking on our shoulders......;
3. V.I.P. treatment from some of the countries' top photographers;
4. Free beautiful individual photos provided on Canon;
5. Priceless acceptance;
and continue to count..............

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Re: Lets live up to our Promises...
« Reply #8 on: April 20, 2008, 06:39:08 PM »
Please... the parents are all excited to see your photos. Download and process your images. The excitement is killing them. I am sure you have their contact numbers. or put your best images (jpeg format - 5 x 7 size 300 dpi. into a cd and give it to Linda Choy). I know you are doing your best to edit your images. At least get in touch with them - txt or email. Thank You. John

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My zoo photo essay
« Reply #9 on: April 20, 2008, 06:40:26 PM »
  Came there very early, about 7:15am. Nice to see the parking lot basically empty.

  We were short with photograhers, so much so I was made to take 2 children. By the end of the day,  however, I had 4. Or maybe it was 5 because I have 5 people I shot quite a bit. We were supposed to have 15 children only, but we had 3 more extra and we were about 2 photographers short. Oh, well, like we always do in events, we make do with what we are given. It's just that I knew that my shots will be more like snapshots instead of really having time to compose or to explore angles, what with having 2 children to look after (this is at the start, later I was shooting 2-3 more).

Here's my zoo photo essay of the day:



I was originally paired with JC. But I got another child due to lack of photographers. The other child is Keana.


Here is Keana with her mother, and her sister.



The first order of the photo op was with the small horse. The children were eager, curious, and in the beginning even fearful of the animal. Mind you, if you have been blind all your life, you don't have a cognitive map or image of what a horse is, then you would have apprehensions too! ::). Compound it with the smell of the animal (their other senses are more used and they notice these things quickly).





Keana was less fearful. More curious really.

She rubbed and touched that horse from head to the behind!



And she was brave enough to ride it as well





JC was more cautious.






Kathy tried to make JC comfortable. But I think JC was trying to build a cognitive image based on touch and was not ready to ride the horse.





JC did work that horse from head to the behind!




After the horse, we when to the children's zoo to meet the other animals. The first to greet us where the birds!





JC seemed to enjoy the birds better. The soft and smooth feathers are sure more appealing!



Of course the pig!




The pig was docile. In fact, he may been so used to this as he did play his part well! Didn't squeel or tried to get away!




They did find the turtle a curiosity. JC even rode this one!




JC loved the reptiles though!




He even spent a long time with the crocodile and counted its fingers!




But JCs favorite was this yellow constrictor!





Keana seems to be enjoying it too!





The next was with Mali, the elephant. JC lagged behind and they didn't join the group.





 I think they have some previous appointments to make and left by noon. Here's some parting pictures of JC with another elephant  ;D


  These shots were not posed, but I guess the curiosity got the better of him. Here's another shot of an animal the others likely have not met ;)





What JC missed, Keana made the most of. Here's her encounter with Mali, with John helping along:



A pity I wasn't able to have my picture taken with JC. But I had one taken with Keana. Just so that my YL/GF sees this post, it's not what you think!  ;D








   For the curious on the technical and equipment selection, I decided to use the tamron 17-50 f2.8 di and the 55-250 IS for the long shots. But in effect, the 10-22 and the 17-50 were the most useful. I already know how the 10-22 and the 24-105L would have worked just as well, I wanted the 17-50 to take the lead for the f2.8 when at times at the shaded area, the light can drop even so low even if we were outside with a 10-11am sun. In fact, I had to fire my flash and finally decided to mount my 430 ex later on. The elephant shots were such examples.


  The rest of the images are in my web site:
http://caterpillar750.multiply.com/photos/album/16/Manila_Zoo_with_the_Visually_Impaired_April_19_2008#

  I will create another post on the other pictures in that album. Thank you for viewing. My apologies for my less than stellar shots.   






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Re: A Special Day for Special Children at Manila Zoo
« Reply #10 on: April 20, 2008, 06:54:30 PM »
galing! 2 thumbs up!!!

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Re: A Special Day for Special Children at Manila Zoo
« Reply #11 on: April 20, 2008, 07:02:13 PM »
Great set and great writing Mel. :)
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Re: A Special Day for Special Children at Manila Zoo
« Reply #12 on: April 20, 2008, 07:35:20 PM »
From Orly's post...

Let me borrow this from Choy's family... as they quoted...
"Blessed are you who spend time and effort with me, for you make my world colorful."


How touching naman .....

Guys, do did a great job.... Congrats to all of you  ;)

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« Reply #13 on: April 20, 2008, 07:40:49 PM »
  As I said, I had other children shot as well. Here is John with his mother:





 And who doesn't know Jason? When the media photographers arrived, he had the horse to himself:








He's got the complete blings -- vest and cowboy hat and all!





And the media had him to themselves. I wonder what he thought hearing those 1Ds cameras firing away continuosly!




I also shot Czarina. Here she is feeding Mali as John looks on:





The onlookers can only watch in envy! It is a rare prieilage to be able to do what she is doing!




Here's John showing Ewegemar how to feed Mali:




Of course, we went to the birds and the pig too!






Czarinah tried to hold her poise as the bird on her right flutters her wings tring to regain balance on her shoulder:






Ewegemar either has good balance or he is petrified still as one of the birds perches on his head! ;D






The two are having a good time tring to look for the coin slot in this live piggy bank! :D







Pahabol. I missed this and should have been in the previous post:



 This is Keana, JC and another girl with the turtle. JC is riding the turtle! I'm glad his house is sturdy!





Keana eating ice cream to quell the heat of the sun.



Here's Lloyed having a chat with his ward:





Another kid riding the ostrich.





And my final image of a peackcock stutting her fine feathers to say goodbye to this photo essay!


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Re: A Special Day for Special Children at Manila Zoo
« Reply #14 on: April 20, 2008, 10:17:38 PM »
Hi Mel,

saw your pics, you did have your hands full!

Nice shoots!  You know this morning many of our parents at the zoo met when we sent  our children to a summer camp, they were all smiles talking about the photos they got home with, ang galing ang shots daw!

I haven't got mine buy Rey (mantarey) already emailed me that he will send Kara's pics to me on CD, also Enrique's whom he also shot :)

Thank you pipho guys for all your nice photos, if you can give us your pics of our children in CD, it will be much appreciated :).  I can either get the contact no. of the parents or you may also send thru me.

Again, thank you very much guys!

Linda



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« Reply #15 on: April 20, 2008, 10:52:09 PM »
I just love the way you capture the kids... super. Now we are in deep trouble... The Autism Society of the Philippines is inviting me to give a talk to the parents of autistic children this week. I think I got you two to help me out here. Game ba kayo ? John

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Re: A Special Day for Special Children at Manila Zoo
« Reply #16 on: April 21, 2008, 07:23:49 AM »
Caterpilar (Sir Mel), thanks for the wonderful moments you've shared in your "My zoo photo essay".  I hope all the photographers who are present in the event will share this photos too.

During the event, i brought a mid-to-tele lens that's why my photos are mostly head shots.  Here are the wonderful moments of the children that I want to share...

Watch this very brave kid Enrique while sliding.


Jason while riding a a two-toed bird with a long bare neck and small head Ostrich.


Little Yna while feeling the thick-skinned crocodile body.




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Re: I am so Impressed with Jason
« Reply #17 on: April 21, 2008, 07:34:09 AM »
Caterpilar (Sir Mel), thanks for the wonderful moments you've shared in your "My zoo photo essay".  I hope all the photographers who are present in the event will share this photos too.

During the event, i brought a mid-to-tele lens that's why my photos are mostly head shots.  Here are the wonderful moments of the children that I want to share...

Watch this very brave kid Enrique while sliding.


Jason while riding a a two-toed bird with a long bare neck and small head Ostrich.


Little Yna while feeling the thick-skinned crocodile body.







His positive outlook in life is so contagious.. Ian's mother was requesting his contact number because she would like to take him on their helicopter ride one time.

I would like to treat Jason to ride with me on a motorcycle to go to Star City and enjoy ALL the rides.

MagicEye

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Re: A Special Day for Special Children at Manila Zoo
« Reply #18 on: April 21, 2008, 07:43:16 AM »
More photos...

Danelle's expression of amusement.


Christine's eagerness to know about the small horse and get information.


JC while waiting his turn to meet the small horse.



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Re: A Special Day for Special Children at Manila Zoo
« Reply #19 on: April 21, 2008, 08:17:12 AM »
After waiting for a while, it's JCs turn now to touch and feel the small horse.


A big NO NO for JC as he refused them (including Ian) while they convinced him to try riding the small horse.


JC told them, I'd rather volunteer to ride this one (sa ayaw at sa gusto nyo)...

 

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