DarylK

DarylK

Lives in United States Omaha, NE, United States
Works as a Retired 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. Several cameras (Pentax K5, K3 and K1) 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

  • Interesting.  I noticed the FB posting by Ricoh as well.  Makes me wonder if they've started on a new (and innovative for the Pentax brand) initiative called " marketing "!!!  I sure hope so. They ...
  • I need to get around tuit too :-) !
  • Unless the added weight is too much to contend with, I think I'd opt for the K-1 with the 28-105 over the K-5 with that lens.  The pixel densities are nearly the same for both cameras, so the crop ...
  • Submitted a challenge entry Avian Grace
    This is a tight crop from a bokeh (out-of-focus) background region from a much larger image. It was a frustrating day of sandhill crane shooting because of excessive heat radiation which made even properly focused pictures appear soft due to atmospheric distortion, you know, the heat waves you sometimes see when looking into the distance.  So, what to do?  Put on my artist hat and create an impressionistic piece of photo art!
    Placed 67th in the challenge. This is a tight crop from a bokeh (out-of-focus) background region from a much larger image. It was a frustrating day of sandhill crane shooting because of excessive heat radiation which made even properly focused pictures appear soft due to atmospheric distortion, you know, the heat waves you sometimes see when looking into the distance. So, what to do? Put on my artist hat and create an impressionistic piece of photo art!
  • Replied in Windmills
    Here's one of mine from several years ago... Wilted Windmill Daryl
  • Very nice, especially the daytime shots.  Im always impressed with the quality of your shooting.  For the day shots, was there runway lighting that made the models stands out or were you using a ...
  • Submitted a challenge entry She's Got the Look...
    A sexy pose from a praying mantis last August.
    Placed 27th in the challenge. A sexy pose from a praying mantis last August.
  • A little off topic, but if anybody is interested, I have one of these big boys up for sale on the other forum Pentax 645 A* 600mm f/5.6 ;-) :-) .  It's a beauty. Daryl
  • Fist off, I'm commenting of the image as seen on my smartphone, so I'm not seeing your photo in ideal conditions. I think the photo is fine.  No detracting technical issues to my eye. However, ...
  • The KP and 12-24 should work pretty well and not be too heavy.  The K-1 with 15-30 will provide a wider field of view.  So I guess the answer for you depends on whether the extra weight and cost ...
  • Thank you for the kind compliments, John. The images were taken in July. If you go to my website image (Link) and click on the "i" under the image, you should be given access to more info, ...
  • Replied in On Watch
    Thanks Brian.  Same here in Nebraska.  Seems like they're much easier to spot these days, at least near open water during winter.  Growing up in the 60s and 70s, I never saw a single one. Daryl
  • Replied in On Watch
    Thanks MaKeR.  Appreciate your input! Daryl
  • Submitted a challenge entry Serene Silence
    Placed 3rd in the challenge.
  • Submitted a challenge entry On Watch
    Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)
    Placed 35th in the challenge. Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)
  • Replied in On Watch
    Thanks for commenting Sjak.  What you're saying was my original intent. Daryl
  • Replied in On Watch
    Thanks for your thoughts, MaKeR.  As I mentioned in my reply to Dean earlier, I've since taken a different tact which greatly reduces the obviousness of vignette with the objective of not drawing ...
  • Replied in On Watch
    Thanks Jim.  Much appreciated! Daryl
  • Replied in On Watch
    Thanks Dean.  I did try a dark vignette and didn't like the result.  Based on feedback I received in another forum, I've since reedited the photo to greatly reduce the obviousness of any vignette ...
  • Replied in On Watch
    Thanks for commenting Tom.  He looks serious and was probably seriously annoyed with my watching him and shooting pictures of him!
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