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First Day as an Intern~

Journal Entry: Wed Jan 13, 2010, 7:46 PM
No I will not spam your inboxes with every single day I intern. I just figured I'd make a random journal about mah first day.

I was introduced to which computer I would be using. There's video, which I will not touch, a laptop for computer and video, and another computer, which happens to be the slowest... is for photo. I was also told where breakfast bars, coffee, tea, easy mac, and hot chocolate are. In case I decide to do an all day thing, which I'm sure there may be some.
But the best thing...was the camera equipment. The awesome hing is, if I break it, the zoo will cover it. Not that I'm going to go out breaking stuff... The super exciting thing is that the zoo uses Nikon. Why exciting? Because I got to play with nice cameras~....and I want a Nikon D90 now... >_< If I ever find myself with an extra $2000...I'll make the switch... I'm sure it's just a phase with me playing with new toys. But it was fun. I'll probably be using the Nikon D90...If I get the chance, I'll test it out on grounds one of these days... Can't take it home..that's a big no.

I got to accompany on the trip to take pictures of the new kookabura in the mews. And meet the new king vulture, Votan, which is an AWESOME name. He's a baby, so he doesn't have the awesome colorful plumage the adults have, he's still black in color. Also got to visit with a few of the birds who were on their perches while their mews were being cleaned.

Then I got to attend an all important staff meeting! Oh joy! I didn't think I'd make it all the way though, somehow I did. It was mostly just talking about media stuff, web stuff future event plans like spring break, Chinese new year, and frog conservation. Most in the works stuff. Nothing that really pertained to me since I'm new and everything.

And that's about it! Tomorrow I'll tag along and photograph the new OZF director (different from zoo director) with the elephants. Then from then on out, I'll probably take on the media previews, any press releases that happen. If we get the bears in time while I'm still an intern, I may get to cover that. Samudra isn't expected to reach 1 ton until October probably. Since he isn't gaining 10lbs a day anymore! It's leveled off to one or two. He is 1600lbs around now though. And if there are any other events happening, I'll be around for those oddball jobs.

Oh and I finally got a new feature up. >>

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Birds of Prey Feature
:thumb149094610: Northern Harrier-Male by Wyld-Art-Photography S C R E E C H by RemiGarciaPhoto :thumb150015064: Little Owl by PauloALopes Here Fishy by Mac-Wiz Preening Condor by Ciameth goshawk by aapsis Short-eared Owl II by Tucky13 Hover.... by quaddie Crested Cara Cara Headhot by Kippenwolf Eagle Owl Flyby by Photosbykev Western Screech-Owl by austinboothphoto Birds eye by LucVN :thumb140585817: Eagles wings 2 by JWFisher Nankeen Kestral by FireflyPhotosAust Portrait of the King III by OpticaLLightspeed

  • Mood: Zest
  • Reading: Dragon Strile
  • Watching: NCIS
  • Playing: Twilight Princess (I should go beat the game....)
  • Eating: spaghetti
  • Drinking: cranberry juice
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v-smoke Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Congrats! I'm so glad your first day was a success ^ ^ I hope you enjoy your new position - you have more than enough talent to do well. Enjoy the Nikon!
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DeeOtter Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
It's awesome! I have to distance myself from that camera... I really don't have the money to switch brands right now!
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v-smoke Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Ha know the feeling. So many art supplies, so little time... XD
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Thanks very much for including me in your feature. It's an honour and many congrats:):):)
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quaddie Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010
Thank you so much for the feature Deidre :),and have fun at the zoo .
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Q-tipper Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010
Oh what wonderful news it sounds like you are going to have an amazing time... enjoy every single day!! :hug:
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Kippenwolf Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Sounds like your internship is off to a great start. It's good that you get to play with top line equipment and therefore get to "test drive" the expensive rigs before you make the big purchase yourself.

Have fun!
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DeeOtter Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Yup! It'll be awesome. I doubt I'll make the switch anytime soon.
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SHERLOCKED-in-221B Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010
boo about the slowest computer being for photo, but i'm so glad the zoo has nikon! the national zoo only has fuji and canon, which they like better but I do not. The really amazing things for me when I interned were the lenses...omg those lenses...

and btw, still a lot of money, but the d90 is only about $1000, not $2000

so happy for you! congrats again!
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DeeOtter Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
yeah. I figured I'd still need about $2000 if I were to get some lenses. and SD cards since my canon takes CF.
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SHERLOCKED-in-221B Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010
ah very true!
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MPerryPhotography Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010  Professional Photographer
Nikons are the best. I love my Nikon D70s. If my dad or I ever get the money we want to get the Nikon D3.
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DeeOtter Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
My mind is very confused with switching back and forth between the two. The camera is very nice. I will be using it for as long as I can.
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Gary-G-09 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010   Photographer
thank you very much for the feature on my Kestrel :) great journal, i could read this every day, you should make a diary even if your not going to post it, fantastic reading, thank you for sharing your day :) :hug:
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DeeOtter Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Yup. I have to keep an online blog to get credit for photo class. I'll post the big things on here.
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austinboothphoto Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the feature, some great birds of prey shots in this one.
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austinboothphoto Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I also just noticed you live in Portland...If you want to get a picture of the same screech owl I did I've heard he/she has been hanging out in the same spot pretty consistently (but I stumbled upon it on my own). The owl was at the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge near Sherwood (which is a great place to get photos of other birds). If you take the trail there right before you cross the bridge and come out of the forested area to the wetlands viewpoint at the end of the trail you will see a couple green railings along the trail and right off the trail at the end of the first railing there is a large conifer tree (a redwood I believe) and the Owl was perched just 10 feet off the ground in that tree, from what I hear this is one of its favorite roosts. If you don't see it there it may still be nearby so I would take a very close look in the general area.
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HouseofChabrier Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010
I am so happy for you, and I'm thrilled you are going to be doing what you love, using new and improved equipment, and seeing behind the scenes with different animals and birds. This is so exciting, and I know you will be great at this because photographing, posting, and submitting online for DA gets you into a good routine that will help you professionally. Your attitude is very upbeat, and I wish you all the happiness and joy your heart can contain!!!
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DeeOtter Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
I'm looking forward to doing whatever I'm called on for.
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Hassat-Hunter Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010   Photographer
Sounds great. And don't break the equipment just because you can! ;P
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DeeOtter Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
O_o I won't!
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Canislupuscorax Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010
Huh, so does this mean you will be spending even more time at the zoo? Or is that not physically possible?

Have fun with the equipment. But really, try not to break anything.
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DeeOtter Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Hmm. I Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sometimes Fridays are probably going to be the main days there. Michael isn't there on Weekends, so those are still free to do whatever I want. The other three are often press release/media days. Other than that, it's mostly going to be the random events that happen, February is going to have some days, Valentine's Day, and I think we're doing something with the Chinese new year (we has tigers after all) and if we happen to obtain anymore baby cougars, and non scheduled dates like that.

Does anyone have enough confidence in me not to say that. >>
But really, I want that Nikon D90...I'm going to try out the high ISO features on that thing to see how high I can go without getting too much ick. Plus, everything Nikon does is reversed from Canon, which is odd, so it'll take some getting used to. It also has video, but it's not as good as the actual video cameras, which I'm not going to touch. The video intern will handle that.
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Canislupuscorax Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2010
But will you actually be spending more or less time at the zoo?

If you have you ask that, then probably not.
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DeeOtter Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
It'll be about the same as I normally do, the hours I'm normally a visitor, I'll just sign in for it to count towards the internship. He hasn't told me how many hours I need to be there, but for credit at school, 12 hours a week, which isn't that hard to do. I may inquire to see if off site hours count, like cataloging at home.
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pyroman699 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010  Student Photographer
sounds pretty awesome. I doubt your photos can get much better even with the new equipment, but I can't wait to see if it does.
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DeeOtter Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah. It'll probably just be subject matter that changes, since I'll know some of the stuff that is going on more than when I wasn't an intern.
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pyroman699 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010  Student Photographer
well, I definitely look forward to seeing more of the "behind the scenes" stuff. :D
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DeeOtter Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
If I can get a hold of the pictures I'll post em up. I'll see about getting some for tomorrow.
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pyroman699 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010  Student Photographer
Awesome. :eager:
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Cyberpriest Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I am so glad to hear you got the spot! Congrats, and well deserved.
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DeeOtter Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! I'm sure I'll be having lots of fun!
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OpticaLLightspeed Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much for the feature.
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DeeOtter Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
You're very welcome.
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Majestic-Kirai Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010  Student General Artist
Oohh, new fancy cameras! What a treat!
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DeeOtter Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
._. I know... I really want one... But I would have to buy SD cards, and new lenses...
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Majestic-Kirai Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010  Student General Artist
And that can get amazingly pricy. D8
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DeeOtter Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I know... the camera itself is a bit less than $1000..but so was my 40D canon.. but I like the Nikon D90.. 90D..something or other better... >_<
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ByteStudio Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010  Professional Photographer
Wait - your JOB is to take pictures of animals at the zoo? Can i be you when (or if?) I grow up?????

Thanks for including one of my shots in your feature!

Ric
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DeeOtter Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
heh it's more of an internship/volunteer thing rather than a Job. But if there is ever an opening I'll sooo take it! I still get to take pictures of the animals anyway. Some of the pictures land up on buttons that the photo team sells. And they're awesome. I need to gather my pictures for this years batch!

You're very welcome!
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FireflyPhotosAust Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much for the feature:-)

It sounds like you are having a great time!
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DeeOtter Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
It's awesome! And that was only the first day!
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warzoneangel Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010
^_^ Congrats dear!
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DeeOtter Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
thansk!
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