Photography has been one of Bob's hobbies since his junior-high and high-school days. Back then he used a Kodak box camera, a Pentax 35 mm camera (at least he thinks it was a Pentax) and sometimes an old 2.25x2.25 view camera. In the mid-sixties, he was able to graduate to a Nikon F 35 mm camera. About the same time he also came into possession of a 4x5 view camera and took a class in "Zone System Metering" here in Davis. He had to put his hobbies on hold while he attended graduate school and veterinary school, both here in Davis, but he's had a darkroom in every home he's lived in except their current one. When Bob was building this house, he did add a room that was intended to be his darkroom, but it was never finished and now that the digital age is upon us, he has used the money he would have invested into a darkroom into computer and printer equipment.
A number of years ago, Bob was lucky enough to acquired Nikon F5 SLR. He still owns that camera but has not used it since 2005 when he was "forced" to buy a digital camera (a Nikon D70s) so that he could have his work critiqued during a photography workshop he took in Yosemite Valley. He thinks there's still a roll of half-used film in the F5. He has been so amazed by the capabilities of digital cameras and the things that he can do with programs like Lightroom that he has been 100% converted. The things that he used to do with black & white photographs using Zone System Metering, the various exposure and developing combinations, dodging and burning, etc., can now be done in Lightroom and Photoshop. All he has to do is learn how to do it and now that he's semi-retired, he should have time - he hopes.
Bob enjoys landscape and nature photography and usually avoids including people.
Photographic equipment Bob uses:
- Nikon D70s - RSS L Plate
- Nikon D3 - RSS L Plate
- Lenses: Sigma 28-300mm, Nikon 80-400mm, Nikon 105mm Micro Nikor, Nikon 70-200mm, Sigma 10-20
- Manfrotto 3021BPRO Tripod with RSS Ball Head and Quick Release Plate
- MacPro Desktop and Mac Laptop Computers
- Epson R2400 Printer