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Hey folks. Hope all is well. It's been a while since I last wrote a journal. Truth be told, I've kind of burned myself out on editing pictures, and it's bled over to site participation. Whoops! I'll try to do better!

In any case, I went on a little camping trip with family down to San Diego this past week, partly to test out a new little 10-foot camper that my mom bought, partly so that I could visit the San Diego Zoo for the first time (and maybe last time, but more on that in a second). I even borrowed my brother's new Nikon D750 to try out on the trip. Super exciting! Camping was fine, but a train ran right by the campground, and it ran *all* through the night, so that was funny at first, and then miserable after.


The zoo was a fun time for the most part. Lots of sun, lots of heat, lots of animals, and lots of ground to cover, and in a zoo that I am not familiar with, that makes shooting difficult. Several of the exhibits were designed such that sun was on the fencing for the entire day, so it was tough to get a clean shot through, and without knowing the disposition of the animals like I do at the Sacramento Zoo, I wasn't really sure quite what to expect for behavior/whether it was worth my time to wait for them to wake up, where I should be at what time of day, etc.

And of course the place was crawling with people. Crawling, I tell you. I was jockeying for position most of the day, alternately blocking crowds at a fence while waiting for animals to cooperate and watching animals do amazing things while I myself was buried deep in a crowd, unable to shoot. I resorted to kind of setting up shop once I did get up to the front of several exhibits, setting up my tripod with my big camera/lens combo on it, and then standing next to it to shoot for a bit. Usually, it's good to get me a little working space, but this time it caused... well, probably my worst fear to come true.

So I'm set up at the jaguar exhibit, shooting this baby jaguar, and suddenly I hear this sickening crash slightly behind me, and I just know that it was my tripod and camera hitting the ground. I turn around, hoping for the best and fearing the worst, and my gut ties in knots as I see it. For a split second I think things may be okay, and then the camera -- my brother's D750 -- falls off the top of the tripod. My 300mm lens' lens collar has snapped into several pieces, and as I investigate the camera, I see the the case has cracked all across the front , and the flash housing is busted as well. The through-the-lens display info no longer works, and while the camera still technically takes pictures, the ISO sensitivity is beyond broken, and the shutter speed and f-stop dials no longer alter the exposure at all.

In short, I screwed up my primary lens and my brother's $2000, top-of-the-line camera. I suspect it was knocked over by one of the other zoo visitors, but I was in such shock and disgust in the moment that I didn't look to see anything but whether the camera and lens were okay. I wanted to crawl in a hole and die. I still kinda do. I wanted to replace it for him, but I honestly can't afford more than $1500 of the $2000 I would need. After breaking the news to him this evening, I'm going to be looking at sending the camera in for repairs, but I'm really not holding my breath at this point. Maybe if it's even possible, it'll tally up to less than the whole $2k.

Got some great pictures the rest of the day that I'll be looking forward to sharing over the next several weeks, but even just writing about this right now is making me feel ill. I may put together a high-res picture pack for $5-10 soon for anyone interested, kinda try to start putting together that extra chunk of change, so look for that soon if you're at all interested.

 That's about all for now. Hopefully it won't be six months before my next journal. :)

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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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Ribbontail Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2015
Hey Robert, excellent gallery! I love how you capture the personalities of animals, especially the big cats and other zoo animals. Keep up the good work! =D
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robbobert Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for the kind words. :) Personality is what I'm all about with my images, so I'm really happy to hear that some of it comes across. :D Glad you liked what you saw, and I hope you like what you see here in the future.
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Ribbontail Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2015
Aye, well you capture it very well! That's really hard to do with big cats in zoos, they sure do like lazing about. =P What's the trick to getting their attention? Whistles and catnip, or good old patience?
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yellowroseart Featured By Owner May 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Moomin 
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balsaboy Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015
Thanks for sharing your work Heischman. Very nice to look through. Addictive actually.
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robbobert Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome! :) I'm glad you liked my gallery, and I hope you will stop by again in the future!
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WanderingMogwai Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015   Photographer
Why r u hating on domestic cats??  Aside from that u have a really nice body of work here!  =P (Razz) 
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robbobert Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Haha, I don't *hate* domestic cats, exactly... They just don't measure up to the big ones. ;) Glad you liked what you saw in my gallery! Thanks for stopping by!
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WanderingMogwai Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015   Photographer
Meow :3 
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JoyousWriter Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I absolutely love your gallery, so beautiful!! 
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