Hello, I am Kathrin Swoboda. I love to photograph all wildlife, but birds are my favorite subjects.
I started photography about 8 years ago, in my backyard in Virginia where I can photograph hummingbirds, bluebirds, woodpeckers, among a large variety of birds.
Since winning the 2019 Audubon Grand Prize, I have started a photography business. I sell my work on my website and at local exhibitions.
I have always used Nikon, and I am a huge fan of my reliable Nikon D500. This camera shoots at 10 frames per second with a fantastic buffer, so I can always follow the action.
I prefer Sony 120GB G Series XQD memory cards because they are fast and reliable.
Finally, my Nikon 70-200mm f/4 lens is sharp, light, and perfect for capturing environmental shots and larger animals.
Even though my lenses are light and can be easily hand held, I usually try to take my tripod along.
I find that when I am anticipating a behavior, I am much more likely to be ready for the action. The birds are less alarmed when I don’t have to lift my lens. I can also answer the phone or sip my coffee while shooting with one hand.
At times, I use fill flash with the Nikon SB-700, which is easy to use and reliable. I use a Wimberley Combo 6 Sidekick flash bracket that attaches to the tripod foot of my lens and the Nikon SC-28 coiled remote cord to trigger the flash with my camera.
I use a Think Tank Airport International V2.0 which is a sturdy roller bag that fits my 2 cameras, 3 lenses, and more. It rolls easily and fits in the overhead of the plane.
I travel with Seagate 4TB Backup Plus and I use an OWC Thunderbay 4 16TB Four-Bay Thunderbolt RAID Array at home to store all of my photos. I back up with Backblaze cloud storage.
Wildlife photography is rewarding and fun. My approach is to scout and plan in order to be ready for the shot. My photography goal is to capture animal behavior that otherwise might be missed by the naked eye.