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 couple cameras (a Pentax K5 and K3) 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

  • LOL!  Looks very indignant.  Is it the camera or the harness (or both)? Daryl
  • Thanks Spyros.  It was standing on the path and stubbornly refusing to move as I approached.  I wish other creatures would let me get that close to take their pictures! Daryl
  • Jim, I'm glad you're enjoying their presence.  I'm sure they think they rule the world and we are vermin :-) . Thanks, Daryl
  • Replied in Musk Thistle
    Thanks Zakaria.  So far I'm very pleased with it, and its performance seems consistent with the several detailed reviews out there.  It's a great value considering its modest price. Thanks again, Daryl
  • Thanks Jim.  I'm humored by its expression of disgust...kind of like a family member whenever I point my camera her way. Daryl
  • Created photo thread Musk Thistle
    As a kid growing up and working on the family farm, I'm sure I manually cut hundreds, probably thousands, of these which would otherwise take over a cow pasture.  Now I can simply enjoy shooting ...
  • Created discussion thread Ever get that feeling your not welcome?
    :-) Thanks for looking... Daryl
  • I agree with you Jim.  I think manufacturers' focusing on improving buffer size and transfer speed to removable digital media would be a better approach.  And I have to believe that manufacturers ...
  • Awesome!  I was up on the roof of my house a number of years ago and had a P-51 fly low over me.  Offutt AFB (Bellevue, NE)  was scheduled to have their annual air show the following day, and I'm ...
  • Jim can probably better answer this, but here's my answer: A way to do it would be to layer two images in Photoshop, one with astro tracking which would show the stars as stationary and the other a ...
  • Wow!  Wonderful work in service to your fellow Pentaxians!  Somehow I missed that particular thread which directly addresses my question.  Please forgive me for not noticing it before.  Overall, ...
  • Excellent!  That's the kind of info I'm looking for, and it looks pretty good.  Maybe a little soft at the lower left corner, perhaps due to a slight decentering issue, but overall impressive ...
  • I guess you didn't understand my question.  If I get the lens, I will either remove or modify the baffle.  So, with the baffle (and associated vignetting) taken care of, my question is whether the ...
  • Thanks for the encouraging feedback, Doug.  Appreciate it! Daryl
  • Over the last several months, there were several threads and quite a number of posts discussing the fact that the 60-250 is nearly full-frame compatible as-is and can be adapted to almost entirely ...
  • Very nice, Jim.  Did you use astro tracker or not?  I'm guessing not, but am curious. Thanks, Daryl
  • Submitted a challenge entry Crane Charge!
    One of the benefits of living in Nebraska is being close to where the Sandhill Cranes migrate and spend several weeks along the Platte River en mass every February/March.  Cranes everywhere!  And yes, Pentax cameras can focus continuously on birds, even if they're flying straight at you ;-) .
    Placed 36th in the challenge. One of the benefits of living in Nebraska is being close to where the Sandhill Cranes migrate and spend several weeks along the Platte River en mass every February/March. Cranes everywhere! And yes, Pentax cameras can focus continuously on birds, even if they're flying straight at you ;-) .
  • Several shots from around a week ago. I've not posted any photos lately, so it's time I get with it! This is one of my first outings with my new K-1. My wonderful and patient wife gave me the okay ...
  • Thanks to the ingenuity and bravery of my fellow Pentaxians here and on the other forum, should I buy this lens, I'll certainly be doing a baffle mod to make it more compatible with my K-1. ...
  • Thanks for the post.  I find it very tempting to buy this lens as a low cost full frame lens alternative to the new DFA 70-200 (albeit at a sacrifice of one stop).  My old DA*50-135 on APSC worked ...
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