Self Portrait

Hi!  My name is Darren, and I have recently become one of those affected twits that wander around taking pictures of everything.  I have caught the photo bug quite recently, as up until spring of 2009 I just took terrible, terrible pictures of family/friends and so on.  I shoot film and digital, and enjoy shooting architecture, landscapes, cityscapes, and I am trying to get brave and improve my candid/street photography.  I shoot Nikon, but not because of any fanboyism or anything silly like that.  There’s many folks out there doing great stuff with all sorts of cameras.  I prefer to shoot, not be a gearhead.  That said … here’s my equipment:


  • Nikon D40
  • Nikon D90
  • Nikon F80


  • Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6 VR II
  • Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 VR II
  • Nikkor 35mm f/1.8
  • Nikkor 50mm f/1.8
  • Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8


  • Nikon SB-600
  • Opus H150 Monolight with 7′ stand and reversible umbrella

I also have a Nikon Coolpix that I never use, but always have on me just in case.  I also have a circa 1969 Asahi Pentax Spotmatic 35mm , and assortment of lenses. I hardly ever use these. It is so dirty I only use it when I want a real grundgy vintage effect.

Unless otherwise specified, all images on this blog are my own.

Yes I do Flickr, you can browse my photostream if you want.

I currently live in Penticton, British Columbia, Canada.




  1. Drew said,

    Welcome to Penticton Darren. I’ve been checking out some of your images on flickr. If you are interested, there is a photo club in town. The next meeting will be in January. Meantime I hope there will be one or two photo walks. If you are interested you can find us on facebook. That’s what I use to broadcast all the news about what’s going on in the club. Someone else maintains an email list for those who aren’t on facebook.


  2. Drew said,

    The next meeting of the Photo Club will be on Sunday January 17. I’ll send out an official announcement in the next week or so. I’ve asked Tina to put you on the mailing list.

  3. Slated said,

    Hi Darren,

    Sorry for the off topic comment, but this was the only way I could figure out to get in touch with you.

    What happened to sneetchalizer?

    The entire badcomputer site has just … gone!

    Hope you’re well, and Happy New Year.

    • Darren said,

      Hi Homer…I’ve sent you a reply by email. sneetchalizer is fine, but badcomputer.org is down while I’m between homes.

  4. Lynda said,

    I have caught the photo bug quite recently, as up until spring of 2009 I just took terrible, terrible pictures of family/friends and so on.

    So can’t believe this.

    • Darren said,

      It’s true! Go ahead and look at my photostream, there’s barely a few shots from before April 2009, and since April I think you can see a noticeable improvement in quality through to today…

  5. Brian Friesen said,

    Hi Darren,

    I’m launching a new travel site for BC residents, http://www.backyardbc.com. The consumer site launches next Tuesday, and we were hoping to use one of your photo’s from flickr as the background for the website. We of course will give you photo credit, but I also just wanted to give you a heads up and ensure we are ok to use the photo. It’s such a great shot!

    here is a link to the development site, hosted temporarily at http://www.shmorganize.com

    Thanks Darren!
    Brian Friesen
    250 634 2688

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