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Born and raised in South Africa, I spent my childhood roaming the bush and keeping many assorted creatures as pets, particularly reptiles and amphibians, which I spent many hours photographing. I had access to a Pentax ME and later was given a RICOH SLR, both of which could use PENTAX lenses (my favourite being the screw-mount Takumar 100mm f4 macro lens), and I learned the basics of photography with those excellent tools. I moved to the UK in 2001, where I purchased my first DSLR (a Pentax *istD2). I then upgraded to the K5, and currently use a K5 IIS (soon to be K-3) coupled with a Pentax D FA 100mm Macro WR lens. I have a deep seated interest in nature, and a curiosity about the hidden miniature world that can only be captured in macro. Born into PENTAX and RICOH cameras, I've never felt comfortable holding anything else, and I rely heavily on the robust construction and excellent weather resistance of my PENTAX equipment. My photography centres on macro, whether it be mushrooms, insects, amphibians or reptiles (and I do own several very photogenic snakes!).

PENTAX is something of a religion in my family, and now my partner Clare has now also been bitten by the bug and owns a K30 which she uses with a brilliant PENTAX-A 50mm macro - as well as the DA 18-55 WR and DA 50-200mm WR lenses.

I currently work as a senior systems engineer providing operations and technical support for the servers and websites of a large publishing house. As the company is located on the banks of the Thames, and across the river from a local nature reserve, I usually spend my lunch hours stalking critters with my camera.

I have several public profiles on various sites, these being:
http://www.pixoto.com/darrellraw
http://500px.com/DarrellRaw
http://yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/profile/159104/