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.

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    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
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    Thanks MaKeR.  Appreciate your input! Daryl
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    Thanks for commenting Sjak.  What you're saying was my original intent. Daryl
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    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 ...
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    Thanks Jim.  Much appreciated! Daryl
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    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 ...
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    Thanks for commenting Tom.  He looks serious and was probably seriously annoyed with my watching him and shooting pictures of him!
  • Created photo thread On Watch
    Just a shot from a week ago, today.  I noticed when post processing that I only had my 150-450 zoomed out to 410...why I don't know.  I'm normally not a big fan of induced vignetting, but for this ...
  • Maybe instead of looking for new lenses, the $200 could be more effectively used for accessories such as tripod, camera bag/backpack, polarizing filters, etc. Just a thought... Daryl
  • Nice composition, Simen.  It looks cold!!!! Daryl
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    Very nice, Dean!  Thanks for sharing! Daryl
  • Wish I had more "little friends" like this!
  • That it is!  Except that I don't think it's vinyl, pretty sure it's leather. Daryl
  • LOL - thanks Dean...it makes up for some of my other shortcomings 😳...
  • Created discussion thread "Say hello to my little friend"
    I have to share my excitement! Along with three 645 format film cameras and a number of good lenses which I plan on selling over the next several months on the other forum, I purchased this heavy ...
  • Interesting perspective, Lawrence.  Certainly photography is, and always has been, a craft/skill.  I'm sure that is one reason that many technically minded people enjoy it (for example, I'm an ...
  • Yours is a very well balanced and thoughtful/thought provoking response, Holger.  I can't argue with any of it.  Thank you very much for your insights. Daryl
  • Doug, No, I haven't printed it yet, but I think I will when I get around to it.  I almost always print in 12x18 inches size, which is probably what I'll do for this image.  I agree with the ...
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