DarylK

DarylK

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

  • Replied in May I?
    Kaso, I was thinking of a more portrait oriented crop, but your crop is pretty close to what I was thinking, but didn't have the time (at work) to suggest.  Getting some foliage visible in front ...
  • Used to be so, but that is no longer correct.  For example: http://www.pentaxforums.com/ . Daryl
  • Replied in a dog
    Looks like a very happy dog!
  • Thanks for your kind works SlamDesi. Funny you should mention an Instamatic.  An Instamatic was the first camera I ever owned...gifted to me by my mother and father while in high school, probably ...
  • Replied in Thanks Everybody
    I want to thank all of you who replied.  Very informative and helpful, all of you. After sorting through it all (including other online reviews) and looking at relative prices, I've decided to opt ...
  • You are very correct, Photohawk.  I just checked and yes, the Pentax mount Sigma doesn't have in-lens OS.  That's okay. Thanks for commenting - keeps my expectations in check... Daryl
  • Thanks fotobert. I just checked and see that BH has it for $519 after instant rebate...not that much more than the Tamron, which is $499.  Looks like the Sigma is likely the better value at this ...
  • Fellow Pentaxians, I'm considering options for a lens purchase.  The Tamron referenced above nearly fits perfectly in the budget I have set aside (which includes the purchase of a new K-3 with ...
  • Congratulations.  Looking at the vote distribution for the first place entry leads me to believe vote stacking was going on for it.  Yours and the third place entries are much, much, MUCH better ...
  • That is poor.  As a serious Pentax user it's unsettling.  Seems like a letter from a lawyer friend might be in order to make this a more serious matter from their perspective.  New replacements ...
  • Digital has certainly changed things for the better with respect to WB and the need for flash!  I generally relied on flash and never bothered with color correcting filters at the time.  Color ...
  • Someday, I'd like to refurbish mine.  I actuated the shutter for kicks around a year ago and was shocked at how loud it was - sounded like internal metallic impact was happening.  Just an ...
  • ...and nice focus screen, no on/off switch and absolute zero shutter lag!  :-) Daryl
  • Yours is a perfectly acceptable photograph - well exposed, sharp, etc.  For improvement, I think cropping off some of the empty space from the left might help, shifting the child in the frame so ...
  • Created discussions A New Pentax Full Frame...
    ...from back in 1978.  It actually wasn't factory new, but new to me, having bought it from a pawn shop with a portion of my limited summer earnings. I'm going through some old negatives that have ...
  • Thanks for saying so. It was snowing pretty hard at the time which provided a soft white effect to the whole scene. Certainly something you don't see everyday. I envision some Christmas cards...

  • Thanks for your kind words Dale, Ben and Pete. Daryl
  • This reply is meant for each and every one of you who posted. Thank you for your expression of support/condolences for me and my family, your expressed admiration for my father, glimpses of your ...
  • This reply is meant for each and every one of you who posted. Thank you for your expression of support/condolences for me and my family, your expressed admiration for my father, glimpses of your ...
  • I think you misunderstood my post.  I was replying to fquails about his/her pictures in the post prior to mine. Daryl
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