Rob Schnell is a retired business professional who makes his home near Chicago, Illinois. He enjoys exploring remote wilderness areas, and National Parks in the United States and Canada. Rob developed his interest in photography during numerous backpacking, kayaking, sailing, and adventure travel holidays.


Rob uses the Hasselblad 503-C as his primary system, and for general purpose landscape work. For wide angle landscapes (to keep the foreground in focus and the background sharp), he switches to the Hasselblad Flexbody. The Flexbody helps Rob avoid convergence of vertical lines in buildings and trees. When traveling light—and for close-up work—Rob's preferred system is the incomparable Leica M Digital.

  • Hasselblad 40mm f/4.0 Distagon
  • Hasselblad50mm f/4.0 Distagon
  • Hasselblad80mm f/2.8 Planar
  • Hasselblad120mm f/4.0 Macro-Planar
  • Hasselblad180mm f/5.6 Sonnar
  • Leica 24mm f/2.8 Elmarit-R
  • Leica 35mm f/2.8 Elmarit-R
  • Leica 60mm f/2.8 Macro-Elmarit-R
  • Leica 90mm f/2.8 Elmarit-R
  • Leica 280mm f/2.8 Elmarit-R
  • Leica 28-70mm f/3.5 Vario-Elmar-R
  • Leica 70-210mm f/4.0 Vario-Elmar-R
  • B+W Polarizing and Graduated Neutral Density Filters
  • Seconic L-508 Lightmeter
  • Gitzo Carbon Fiber Tripods
  • Gitzo Aluminum Tripods
  • Arca-Swiss Monoball

Rob strives to maximize the potential of each photographic opportunity. What sets Rob apart, especially as a nature photographer, is his technical competence and experience with multiple formats.

"Photography is a relaxing way for me to slow down and really appreciate my surroundings. By capturing images of places traveled, I can relive those experiences time and again, and share them with others."  — Rob Schnell

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