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08-26-2012, 03:40 AM   #1
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Hi from Chicagoland

Hi everyone! I'm a long-time Pentaxian, starting out with a K1000 and P3 some 40+ years ago. Got out of photography for many years and picked up a couple of refurbished K100D Super bodies about 4 years ago and am now back in. I have a K-5 and recently I'm heading in the direction of nature photography. I'll be retiring at the end of January, and my wife is actually supportive of my hobby as a way of getting me out of the house for significant amounts of time so I won't drive her crazy. After 20 years of marriage, I never knew she felt that way, but after I thought about it, I realized that it is possible to get too much of a good thing

Anyway, I'm looking forward to learning and sharing here.

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Welcome to the forum and welcome to the Pentax K-5 Club.
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Welcome to the forum and welcome to the Pentax K-5 Club.
Thanks, man.
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Hello and congrats on the K5 and soon to be retired status. There's lots to photograph in chicagoland, street, trains, car shows, air shows, balloon fests etc. Wildlife always seems scarce to me, but have at it.

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Hello and congrats on the K5 and soon to be retired status. There's lots to photograph in chicagoland, street, trains, car shows, air shows, balloon fests etc. Wildlife always seems scarce to me, but have at it.
I've done a lot of what you have listed and intend to do more. You have also Morten Aboretum, the Chicago Botanic Garden, and places like Cantagney Park out further, and all the all the various Forest Preserves out here in the extreme Western Suburbs, like Kane County. So I would welcome you to contact me and I'll show you the ropes.
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Hey, welcome! Your experience has already proven valuable.
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Hey, welcome! Your experience has already proven valuable.
Thanks for the welcome. I've very glad goldenarrow told me about this site.
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Welcome!

I always enjoy my once every summer trip to Chicago, since my in-laws live up there. Plenty of things to photograph there. But I don't miss the winters [lived there for 5 years in the past]. The K5 is a fun camera. Enjoy it. I also love the Door County area in Wisconsin for nature photography or just nature by itself...

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I'll be retiring at the end of January, and my wife is actually supportive of my hobby as a way of getting me out of the house for significant amounts of time so I won't drive her crazy.
Smartest thing a wife could do with a retired husband is to support his out-of-the-house activities.

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I've done a lot of what you have listed and intend to do more. You have also Morten Aboretum, the Chicago Botanic Garden, and places like Cantagney Park out further, and all the all the various Forest Preserves out here in the extreme Western Suburbs, like Kane County. So I would welcome you to contact me and I'll show you the ropes.
Been to the places you mentioned and bicycled (with camera) all over the parks in Du Page. If I wasn't on my way to Florida for 2 months I'd get with you. Maybe when i return in late November.
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QuoteOriginally posted by chicagojohn Quote
I realized that it is possible to get too much of a good thing
That's not exactly the reason my wife likes me out of the house. Something about driving her nuts, and one nutty person in the family being enough..
Welcome to the Forums and congratulations on the up coming retirement.
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Welcome to another Chicagoland person!
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Thanks for the welcome, everyone!! I am looking forward to being an active member on the forums, and learning from others here
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It's An Honor

It's an honor to be among Pentaxians with years of experience, such as yourself.

I'm sure the younger generation can benefit from your experiences a lot.
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It's an honor to be among Pentaxians with years of experience, such as yourself.

I'm sure the younger generation can benefit from your experiences a lot.
Also elderly newbies ;~)
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Also elderly newbies ;~)
I should clarify that I definitely fall into that category of "elderly newbies".
They may say, "You can't teach an old dog new tricks", but I'm here to prove them wrong !
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