Newbie

Bob Sullivan rf.sullivan at gmail.com
Wed Jul 7 09:03:30 EDT 2010


Walt,
Welcome and you've got a great start.  The butterfly is well caught
and the bright pastel background lends a very painterly effect.
Regards,  Bob S.

On Tue, Jul 6, 2010 at 11:17 PM, Walter G. <ldotters at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi all,
>
> This is my third attempt at joining the discussions on this mailing
> list.  Now that I know it requires plain text formatting, with any
> luck, this time my message will actually make it through.
>
> By way of introduction, my name is Walt Gilbert, I bought my Pentax
> K-x (my first new DSLR) on May 1 of this year, and I've fallen in love
> with it.  My interest in photography started a little over a year ago,
> when I borrowed my dad's Canon Powershot to take snapshots at a local
> drag strip.  After being disappointed with my first point-and-shoot
> (Nikon Coolpix S500) I decided I ought to get a DSLR and actually
> learn how to use one.  So, back in November, I bought a used (but well
> taken care of) Olympus E20n off eBay for a little over $100 plus
> shipping -- great pictures, excruciatingly slow write speed.  Then, a
> friend loaned me his Canon Rebel 300D, which I really enjoyed using.
>
> But, of course, I felt I really needed to get a camera of my own, and
> started doing some research to see what would be the best value for
> the dollar, and the Pentax K-x was just beginning to generate some
> buzz.  For several months, I anguished -- do I go with Canon, Nikon,
> Olympus ... or do I dare go with the Pentax and break away from the
> herd.  In the meantime, I picked up a second job to start socking away
> a few dollars here and there while I mulled it over.  When the time
> finally came, I settled on the K-x -- and even then, the guy at the
> camera shop seemed to be steering me toward a Sony!
>
> But, I stuck to my guns and went with the K-x with the 18-55mm and
> 50-200mm lens kit.  And I've been utterly happy ever since.  I LOVE my
> Pentax.
>
> All that said, I just thought I'd introduce myself and submit a photo
> I took today for your approval/disapproval.  Any and all
> comments/critiques welcome.
>
> http://www.flickr.com/photos/walt_gilbert/4767841507/
>
> K-x, Asahi Takumar (Bayonet) 135mm, Promaster Spectrum 7 - 2X
> teleconverter, f/2.5, 1/800 sec., ISO 400
>
> Thanks,
>
> Walt Gilbert
> http://www.flickr.com/photos/walt_gilbert/
>
> P/S -- Thanks to Doug for the prompt reply to my query as to why I was
> having trouble posting messages to the list.
>
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