Lives in United States Omaha, NE, United States
Works as a Consulting Environmental Engineer
Joined on Feb 6, 2009
About me:

Born and raised on the plains of middle America (on a farm). Love of nature's beauty was instilled in me at an early age thanks to my parents and family and our annual vacations to Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado.

My early years in photography: Started shooting B&W photos with a cheap Kodak Instamatic while in high school for the photography club; bought my first SLR (a Pentax KX film camera with 55mm f1.8 lens) as a sophomore in college (1977); while a college student, worked on campus for a photographer processing B&W film and prints.

Then the demands and rewards of career, marriage and children took over, reducing my interest in still photography.

In 2008, upon turning age 50, and after years of frustration with the limitations of a P&S camera I owned, I purchased a Pentax K200D, regularly visited the Pentax SLR Talk and other forums here at DPR to learn as much as possible, and began getting serious as a still photography shooter. Another camera (a Pentax K5) and multiple lenses later, here I am updating my bio. Looking forward to the days and years ahead as I continue to learn how best to capture nature's beauty through the gift of modern day photography.

DarylK's recent activity

  • The corners look a little soft. ;-) . Daryl
  • Replied in 645z Preview
    Regarding ownership claims, I wonder if these are people who have placed pre-orders.  Either that or people that are confusing the 645D with the Z or people being mischievous. Daryl
  • Replied in Lucky you!
    Bummer about your weather.  Wishing you better luck next time! Thanks, Daryl
  • Sheld wrote: Here's my attempt at photographing the blood moon. I wish it was sharper :) K30, 1/5th of a second, F/6.3, ISO3200, 150-500mm @500mm Thanks Sheld.  You're photo looks a lot like mine...
  • TomWret wrote: Daryl, I like the last one. Is that Mars at lower right. In my area it was too overcast. I think it will happen again around October. Tom W(ret) Thanks Tom. I honestly don't know...
  • noel2 wrote: The eclipse was unfortunately not visible in Europe. We (Europeans) will have to wait until September 28 next year. All good things come to those who wait.  May your sky be crystal...
  • Nhelnhel wrote: Daryl Lucky you for having an opportunity to photographed that scene. I tried to take some photo but i saw only full moon but no change in color. I like your photos. They are...
  • Created discussions Shooting the Moon
    Was fortunate enough to have a clear and still night last night with low humidity (due to the below freezing temperatures). So, I tried my hand at shooting last night's celestial event. Shots below...
  • I'd say look at the bright side - at least the SDM failure (if that truly is what you're experiencing) occured while under warrantee.  It's certainly inconvenient to send it in for fix or...
  • I like them, especially the first and last with the one expressing his thoughts (I assume it's the male) rather loudly the way it appears.  I think he's feeling his oats. Daryl
  • Dale108 wrote: Hi Daryl: Great work with the 55-300 lens; you are getting maximum out of it. Dale Thanks Dale.  I had to do a little field focus calibration before I was happy, but once I got it...
  • Nhelnhel wrote: Nice photos. I like them all. I havent seen Crane birds here where i lived only cranes for lifting heavy things :-) Thank you for posting them. Thanks Nhelnhel.  Being an engineer,...
  • Thanks Steve, I'll be looking for another Pentaxian in years to come - chances are it would be you since we're pretty rare!  I did happen to see an oriental couple (I think Japanese) shooting with...
  • I've already bought beach front property in Nebraska, thank you :-| ;-) .
  • Thanks Leopold.
  • The fact that they took the effort to develop an advertisement in response to the Z's teaser ad tells me that they might be just a little bit afraid.  If they truly were not afraid, they would just...
  • You're right, Brian - there is something primordial about the experience of being close to them in numbers.  The sounds of them collectively is amazing. I'm glad you're fortunate enough to...
  • ennacac wrote: We have our share of Sandhill Cranes up here also, but nothing like you have in Nebraska. I have only been in Nebraska once when the cranes were there and the weather was terrible,...
  • Larry Buck wrote: Daryl, Glad that you were able to take some photos of our NM Sandhill Cranes (OK they are only ours for the winter). If you have not visited the Bosque del Apache Wildlife Reserve...
  • GossCTP wrote: I remember going into a Wendy's in Kissimmee, FL and a group of them were walking around the parking lot. Had to practically shoo them out of the way when leaving. They had the front...
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