Jaline on March 4th, 2010 at 7:11 PM #
So sorry to read all about your bad luck. You are lucky to be alive. So sad to live in a world of violence. My thoughts and prayers for you. I do have the same symptoms that you had and it does feel like a heart attack.
NorthGeorgiaGal on March 4th, 2010 at 7:21 PM #
So sorry to read this and hope that you recover fully. I am also sad to think that you might not be able to replace your gear. You are too talented to not have the gear you need. I did post a link to your blog on dpreview retouching forum. Maybe as a community we can help you to replace what you deem absolutely essential. I can’t imagine having to think about carrying some sort of protection going out shooting, but I guess it has come to that. I will think twice now about going hiking by myself. I guess some mace might be in my kit in the future.
Gale Bizet on March 4th, 2010 at 7:26 PM #
Lyle on March 4th, 2010 at 8:35 PM #
Very sorry to hear about this Steve. Someone at DPR just told me about this. Hope they catch the b@$tards involved. Wish you well and and full recovery soon.
Kiwi Smudge on March 4th, 2010 at 8:52 PM #
So sorry to hear about this lousy vicious attack by a couple of degenerates !
Diane Ramsey on March 4th, 2010 at 9:03 PM #
Am so very sorry to hear about this Steve. I do hope you recover quickly and are back to your old self as soon as possible.
Veronica on March 4th, 2010 at 9:42 PM #
Oh, gentle man, how horrible to be the victim of such sick people. Please do not let this stop you from being open to strangers. I hope your spirit heals along with your body.
Carol on March 4th, 2010 at 10:48 PM #
Trimoon…you don’t know me, but I have followed so much of your work on pbase, dpreview as well as your site. You have always been a big inspiration and I’ve admired your talent so much. What terrible news to hear of this series of truly unfortunate events. I wish you a speedy and full recovery but also would like to say, please don’t let such horrible people ever keep you away from something in life that you do better than most. It is a gift that I don’t want you to ever loose.
LQQKER on March 4th, 2010 at 11:25 PM #
Derrick on March 5th, 2010 at 1:14 AM #
Cesar on March 5th, 2010 at 1:42 AM #
Hang in there Mr. T ! Lucky for all of us there are more good people then bad in this world. Don’t loose Hope! This comes from someone who’s suffered through nervous break downs, Migraines,back surgery,a heart attack, and cancer. Best Wishes And Healing Thoughts! Viva La Vida Loca!
Palms on March 5th, 2010 at 4:45 AM #
Trimoon i wish you well and hope that you make a good recovery and are able to somehow replace your camera gear, as without your photographs and art work the world will be a sadder place.
Skip on March 5th, 2010 at 6:16 AM #
Unbelievable!! As Lyle said, I hope they catch the little “b@$tards”. I do a lot of traveling alone when I go to take pictures and this kind of thing has always been a concern. Hoping you have a speedy recovery.
admin on March 5th, 2010 at 6:28 AM #
I want to thank each and every one of you for your comments and support. I am at peace with what happened and wish no harm to anyone. When caught and they will be caught this I am sure, I hope that they will get the help they need. My concern is with my gear. It is my life; it is what I live for. Going out and photographing nature has kept me healthy and alive even though occasionally I have accidents. I wouldn’t I could not stop because I am happiest when I get that great shot, the one that I’ve been waiting for all day and finally I’ve got it. Now that is what I call living. Again thank you everyone. Steve
Dee Dee on March 5th, 2010 at 10:35 AM #
Steve, I sure hope they catch the couple that did this to you!! Put them under the jail! Will your auto or household insurance policy cover any of your loss? Our auto policy covered theft from two cars (we were moving and towing the second car packed to the gills) that were broken into in a motel parking lot.
Take care, and I hope you are feeling better real soon.
Michael Menefee (aka Fort Photo) on March 5th, 2010 at 1:50 PM #
Steve, I have followed your contributions online for years and have always valued your presence in places I frequent. This news deeply saddens me, I am so sorry for your ordeal and really hope they catch them. You had every reason to fear for your life they could have killed you like that. I will be thinking healing thoughts and sending energy your way.
Brad on March 5th, 2010 at 3:21 PM #
Like others, I know you though your early days on dPreview…bought all your instructional products and enjoyed the inspiration you provided. I have a Canon 10D that I could spare and a lens if that would be of interest as a loaner just so you have something to use during your convalescence. Maybe some other gear. If interested, email me. All the best to you…Brad Meyer, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Debby Peters on March 5th, 2010 at 4:53 PM #
Steve, you won’t know me, maybe remember a post or two at DP Review, but my God..I just had to say hello and wish you some amazing better luck in the very near future! I feel so bad for you…please know you have tons of friends out there who only wish you the best and strangers on the street too! I have an Oly E500 body I would give you…maybe not what you want but I seriously would send it out if you wanted it.
Gale Bizet on March 5th, 2010 at 6:51 PM #
Lee Beasley on March 5th, 2010 at 9:22 PM #
Oh, my goodness, what terrible news. I just read about this on DPReview–not that you know me from a hill of beans, but I’ve admired your artwork for years. I hope you are well on the road to recovery (again) by now and your gear is recovered and returned. Best wishes.
Dick Dardas on March 6th, 2010 at 7:55 AM #
This is terrible news. What a string of bad luck and really sloppy medicine. I still use your CDs and hope you produce more when you get back to your photography.
Tim on March 6th, 2010 at 8:05 AM #
admin on March 6th, 2010 at 12:44 PM #
Thank you again for all your comments and well wishes. Reading your comments helps me a lot. It shows me that I am not alone. I am suffering from deep depression since the incident and am having trouble dealing with it. Whenever I get an e-mail that says there’s been a comment made I rushed to read it. And guys I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your offers of the use of your equipment. If something were to happen to your equipment I would not know what to do.
The thing about photographing nature is the hunt and being out in the woods and rivers. I spend 4 to 5 days a week out shooting. Two years ago I bought a small John boat. I think at this time I could do without it. Maybe I’ll get enough to replace what I’ve lost. I still haven’t ruled out my homeowners insurance. Right now they’re not too happy about paying out I’m sure.
Thank you all again.
dannyraphael on March 6th, 2010 at 1:47 PM #
It’s unimaginable that such a boatload of misfortune could happen to someone who has given so much to so many.
They may have gotten away with you gear, but they could never take away your character, creativity or the respect you have earned over the years from fellow artists and photographers.
Like it says on my coffee mug, “Don’t let the b@stards get you down. If they do, they win.” Take it one day at a time. You WILL be back. I know it.
Many, many prayers are with you, Steve, including mine. Take care of yourself.
admin on March 6th, 2010 at 1:53 PM #
Thank You Danny. That means a lot to me.
Janet on March 6th, 2010 at 3:52 PM #
You have my heartfelt prayers for a swift and satisfying resolution to ALL of the troubles. Hopefully, the camera gear will show up in a pawn shop or still be in the possession of the muggers when they are caught. AND they WILL be caught. Take good care of yourself physically as well as mentally; and you will be able to make a great comeback.
bashyamtv on March 6th, 2010 at 4:20 PM #
Wishing you a speedy recovery. Prayers to the great Almighty to give you strength to carry on.
tennie on March 6th, 2010 at 9:56 PM #
I’m so sorry about this. Scary for sure, and dang it, I always talk to everyone.
Will keep you in my prayers for a quick physical recovery as well as the mental/emotional one.
Thought I saw that you lived in Silver Springs, were you just shooting in Alachua?
I’ve seen your name so many times and admire what you’ve done.
Skip Prince on March 7th, 2010 at 8:44 AM #
Very sorry to hear about this cowardly attack. I also live in Florida and am out a lot by myself. Thanks for sharing this as it has help me to make my mind up to get a concealed weapons permit. Hope you have a speedy recovery!
Swati on March 7th, 2010 at 4:44 PM #
I hope you get well soon, and are able to put this horrible incident behind you.
I am reminded of a story about Baba Kharak Singh, a benevolent and learned ascetic. He had no worldly possessions except a horse whom he loved and was very proud of. A dacoit heard of the magnificent horse and decided to steal it. He lay moaning in the ascetic’s path, disguised as a disabled beggar. As expected, the holy man took pity on him and put him on the horse. When the dacoit revealed himself, Baba Kharak Singh made just one request of him – to not reveal to anyone what had happened, not because of any ego issues, but because people would hesitate to help the needy then…
Ken Roper on March 8th, 2010 at 11:28 AM #
Debra Ritter on March 12th, 2010 at 5:17 PM #
So so sorry this happened to you. Try not to forget that the majority in the world are good people. There is no explanation to make sense of the pond scum thugs that did this to you. I hope your pain eases quickly. Do look into your homeowners insurance, that is why you pay your premiums. You hope you dont have to use it but when you do, its there. Take care!
Henry j Yasses on March 16th, 2010 at 2:18 PM #
I am so sorry, glad you are alive…I hope insurance replaces all your camera gear…Get well soon…Henry j
GoldCoin on March 22nd, 2010 at 11:30 PM #
Haven’t been online for couple of months…just read about the terrible stuff you have been experiencing of late!
You, truly are very lucky to be alive!! Take care and you are in my prayers that your health and all lost be restored, better than new.
Gerry Comninos on March 23rd, 2010 at 6:03 PM #
George Holmes on March 24th, 2010 at 11:22 AM #
Danny posted this URL on RetouchPro.com and I had to come and wish you a speedy recovery. I also hope that when they catch them they will put them under the jail.
I also wanted to thank you for all you have given so freely to our community.
ChuckL on March 25th, 2010 at 6:21 PM #
When you go into the wild carrying wealth – also bring what it takes to protect thine ass!!
P.S Relux disorder is easily remedied by tilting the bed 9″ – Put a couple bricks under the head of the bed. This keeps the “reflux” from reaching the throat – results in two days!!
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