Camera Stolen - the end of a (short) era
This photo of White-tailed Kite was taken in Colma, CA on my second to last birding/photo outing. Two days ago, on my last photo outing, my camera was stolen. As friend and I were leaving Golden Gate Park, I put my camera and monopod in the back seat and sat behind the wheel as he got his backpack out of the trunk. As soon as Rob sat in the passenger seat a car pulled up beside us, a fellow jumped out, smashed the rear window, grabbed the camera with attached monopod from the back seat, hopped into the car and sped away. The whole incident took about ten to fifteen seconds. Gone is my trusty Canon 7D2 and workhorse lens. And sadly, gone is the photo I took of the Hermit Thrush looking over his shoulder. I am sure it was a keeper.
So, this means many fewer posts from me. As I figure what the next steps are I will use this down time to try to gain more mastery in photo editing. Because I am a photo posting whore there will likely be posts of some things that did not make the original cut and some re-edits.
The camera and lens will be replaced but with what? Upgrading my equipment seems futile as one cannot help but feel that if you bird/photograph in San Francisco it will happen again and the more expensive the gear the more unlikely I will be to go out and use it. Being an old geezer carrying a large camera and lens presents a good target to thieves.
Please be careful out there. Be vigilant. But stay safe. –Bob-