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Hey guys,

Quick journal to give you all a link to a wonderful interview I participated in on zoo photography over on deviantART. 

Zoo PhotographyPhotography Week
I can't remember a time when I didn't enjoy visiting zoos. These days, it's become one of my favorite past-times, especially when I partnered up with my sister and we decided to share our photos. What we didn't realize at that point, was that zoo photography is actually a thing - and we'd entered a true community.
But what is zoo photography?
Instead of boring you with a detailed, scientific definition, I decided instead to round up a few questions to ask of our zoo photography community's well-known figures.
Read on to learn more about OrangeRoom, DeeOtter, MonsterBrand, woxys, robbobert, Arkus83,  Svenimal and Nikki-vdp and what they have to say about this photography phenomenon.

How did you first get into zoo photography?
I'm in zoo photography since 2007 as I remember, but my first good photos we

If you have any interest in taking photos of animals in zoos, or even if you don't, it's a great read. I've kind of operated in my own little photographic bubble over the past 10 years that I've been shooting, so it was really interesting to me to see some of the differences and surprising similarities that I have in my photography approach with some other really distinguished photographers. Definitely worth a read!


In other news, just had a zooapalozza a few days back -- three zoo trips in five days -- with highlights including arctic foxes, clouded leopard cubs (!), timber wolves, red wolves, jaguars, grizzly bears, etc., etc. I am going to be editing the photos from now until the apocalypse, but in the meantime, hopefully it will actually spur me to get back into the swing of posting things. We'll see! Hope everyone's doing well. :) 


Robert Heischman
Artist | Hobbyist | Photography
United States
Wildlife photographer, 27, Master's in Biology, Fairfield, California, love big cats, hate domestic cats, smart but absent minded, pretty much permanently stressed out. :)

Current Residence: Fairfield, California
Favourite genre of music: Classical, soundtrack (anime, VGM, etc.)
Favourite photographer: Mitsuaki Iwago
Favourite style of art: Abstract/Impressionist
Operating System: Mac OSX Mountain Lion
MP3 player of choice: my trusty iPhone
Wallpaper of choice: One of my pictures
Favourite cartoon character: Hobbes (not really a cartoon, but who's counting)
Equipment: Nikon D90/Nikon D5000, Nikkor 300mm f/4.0, Nikon 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6, Tokina 12-24mm f/4.0

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Lilia-DeRosso Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
I just realized - you like Final Fantasy VII too! I know you like Red XIII, but who is your favorite human character?
robbobert Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Haha, it's tough to say. Probably Aeris/Aerith, but I guess that's taking the easy way out. ;) I like them all for different reasons -- the only character I just can't stand is Cait Sith. Ugh. :X
Lilia-DeRosso Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
How is it possible not to like Aerith? Don't we all? Giggle 
Haha, yes, Cait Sith seems... quite the character. I am playing FF XIII right now, and FF VII is next up on the list. I watched the compilation of Crisis Core, so I know the back story, and some of the main story too. But I already love Sephiroth. Have you played/watched Crisis Core?
SonnyReb Featured By Owner May 26, 2016  New Deviant
I found you through :icontinalouiseuk:

Love your work, Sir.
robbobert Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the kind words (and sorry for the late response!). With any luck I'll have a lot more photos coming up, so I hope you continue to like what you see!
halfagrape Featured By Owner May 23, 2016   Traditional Artist
I just found all your pictures of clouded leopards and I am in big cat (or medium sized) heaven. Hands down, my favorite big cat and your pictures are BEAUTIFUL.

So thanks.
Also.....Are you okay with people creating paintings based off the photo (not for sale; with credit to you clearly added)  ?
robbobert Featured By Owner May 24, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for the kind words. :) Clouded leopards are among my favorites too, so I'm really happy to hear you like those shots. You're definitely welcome to use my photos as references as long as you give credit for the references. I'd also love a link if/when you post your work so I can come take a look. Thanks for taking the time to ask!
bolex-ua Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016
Fabulous photos. Thank you for sharing them, Robert!
HallowpointPaws Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Can I use some of your photographs as references for watercolor paintings? I'll credit you.
robbobert Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Sure thing. :) Glad you like my photos enough to reference! All I ask is that you give credit (sounds like you have that covered), and that you send me a link so I can see your work if/when you post it. Thanks for taking the time to ask!
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