|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. I use a Nikon D7000 digital SLR camera. I also use an Olympus EP-2 (with VF-2 viewfinder) micro four thirds camera and 14-42mm kit lens, 40-150mm zoom and a 17mm f2.8 lens. I like to haul this kit around with me in a small Domke shoulder bag, as my "on the go" camera; its with me back and forth to work. My birding workhorse is the D7000. My field gadget bag inventory includes the following lenses; AF Nikor 300mm f4 (ED), Nikkor 80-200mm f2.8 ED AF-D, and Sigma 18-50mm f2.8 EX D AF lens. Two lenses, AF Nikkor 105mm f2.8 marco and a Tamron AF 180mm f3.5 SP Di macro are used for closeup work. I sometimes use a Kenko 12mm extension tube to bring subjects closer. I keep my images stabilized with a Manfrotto 3221W tripod outfitted with Manfrotto heads: a 390RC2 pan head, and a 3055 ball head. I use two 'vintage' Nikon SB-28 speedlights with SC-17 and SC-27 remote cords, a Nikon AS-10 multi-flash adapter and a light-fired flash slave (Hey, I'm into high-tech, but with a lab manager's budget). Two vintage movie light stands and adapted to hold fluid heads (from cast-off tripods)to hold my SB-28 flash units for macro or group photography; two Lumiquest Softboxes and a Lumiquest Snoot flash extender round out the gadet bag. To carry this gear around, I prefer a LowePro backpack, or 1 of my two LowePro Toploader bags: 75 AW for the 300mm f4, and the TLZ AW shoulder/belt bags, with the Field and Street series heavy duty belt and shoulder harness. I like to do a lot of my bird 'shooting' hand-held, so carrying my gear with the belt and shoulder harness arrangement allows me a lot of freedom and ready access to gear. I also use the non-Ai Nikkor lenses on my EP-2: 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.
Most of my work has been done locally, in central Pennsylvania, though in March of 2009,and in January and late Febuary/early March, I did have the chances to travel three times to the Republic of South Africa and once to Mozambique for my real job; and was able to get in some nature photography!
Birding field guides I use include: "The Sibley Guide to Birds", (© 2000), by David Sibley ;
"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)