|Message from Bob Snyder
Welcome to Bob Snyder's Nature Photography website. Please look over my galleries and enjoy. I would appreciate hearing from you, so please feel free to leave your comments!
My photographic interests are in bird photography and macro photography: including flowers and insects, and dabbling in conversion of color to B&W. I have just purchased the new Olympus OM-D EM-1 Mark II camera will use it as my main camera from now forward. I have used the Olympus OM-D EM-5 micro four thirds camera and the Olympus 12-40 mm PRO lens, and the Olympus 40-150mm f2.8 PRO lens with the 1.4x teleconverter since 2014 but found it lacking in focusing ability for birds on the wing (does work but not for every situation) and birds in close encounters. I also photograph with a Nikon D7000 digital SLR camera, but since I've developed pinched nerves in my neck, I have been increasingly moving towards the micro 4/3's format.
My Nikon lens inventory includes ; the AF Nikor 300mm f4 (ED), Nikkor 80-200mm f2.8 ED AF-D, and Sigma 18-50mm f2.8 EX D AF lens and a AF Nikkor 105mm f2.8 marco. I sometimes use a Kenko 12mm extension tube to bring subjects closer. I also use the non-Ai Nikkor lenses on my OMD-EM5: Nikkor-Q Nippon Kogaku 35mm f2.0, Micro-Nikkor 55mm f3.5, Nikkor-P 105mm f2.5, and recently, I added an AI Nikkor-Q Auto, 200mm f4 len for messing around. The older Nikon lenses have a soft quality to the colors that I like.
Most of my work has been done locally, in central Pennsylvania, though from 2006 - 2017 I did have the chances to travel five times to the Republic of South Africa and twice to Mozambique for my real job as a lab manager in Plant Nutrition; with the bonus of being able to get in some nature photography! My job now takes me several times a year to Arizona and the field lab and research plots we have in the high desert.
Birding field guides I use include: "The Sibley Guide to Birds", (© 2000), by David Sibley (including the separate guides to Eastern and Western North America);
"Birds of Eastern and Central North America" (fifth edition, © 2002) by Roger Tory Peterson;
"Warblers", by Jon Dun and KImball Garrett (©1997, Peterson Field Guides);
Hawks of North America (2nd edition; © 2001, Peterson Field Guides) by William S. Clark and Brian K. Wheeler.
Reference books I use are:
"Birds of Central Pennsylvania" (© 2010) by Nick Bolgiano and Greg Grove; Stone Mountain Publishing, State College, PA.
"The Birds of Pennsylvania"(© 2000) by Gerald M. McWilliams, and Daniel W. Brauning;
"Birds of Pennsylvania" (©1979) by Merrill Wood;
Advanced Birding, by Kenn Kaufman (©1990, Peterson Field Guides);
I look for the beauty in all things and try learn what I can about, and from nature. If I can bring to someone's attention, that beauty and even a smidgen of knowledge for even the common place things in nature, I will consider my efforts a success.
Enjoy the photos and then go out and make some of your own!!!
My favorite quote: "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. (Teddy Roosevelt)