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Mark Kraus (pipco) Interview

Marsha Edmunds (meadowlark2)


Keywords: nature, photography, pipco, ohio

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It is always a pleasure to view Mark Kraus’s posts on Nikonians with the great close shots of wildlife.  Of his photography Mark shares,

“…I am a Nature Photographer living in Cincinnati, Ohio.  My passion is photographing wildlife indigenous to the Southern Ohio area.  I have always loved doing things outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman.  Now I bring many of those skills to my photography.  I like to show views of wildlife many have not seen before.  A good portion of my photos are taken at local parks around the greater Cincinnati area.

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Undercover Frog
Winning image, Nikonians Wildlife Monthly Contest June 2016
Nikon D200, 70-300mm Nikkor @ f/11, 1/60s, ISO 200
Cincinnati Nature Center
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I have been photographing on and off for about 30 years.  About 10 years ago I made photography a serious hobby, almost an addiction.  Changed totally to digital six years ago and never looked back. 

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New Baby Gorilla
Winning image, Nikonians Wildlife Monthly Contest March 2016
Nikon D300s, 300mm f/4 Nikkor @ f/6.3, 1/60s, ISO 400
Cincinnati Zoo
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I am also a member of two local photography clubs: Photography Club Of Greater Cincinnati (PCGC) and the old Cincinnati Color Side Club & Tri-State Photographic Society.  Clubs helped me develop my skills as a photographer.  Being a member of a club is a great way to learn and see what works for other photographers and to get new ideas.  And of course the Nikonians Community is a great resource.”

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Dinnertime Bluebirds
Winning image, Nikonians Wildlife Monthly Contest May 2015
D200, 300mm f/4 w/Nikon 1.4TC @ f/11, 1/180s, ISO 280
East Fork State Park
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Stating that he has always loved Macro Photography Mark explains, “When I was starting out years ago I couldn’t get enough of John Shaw books.  I think his book Close-ups in Nature is what started my addiction.  I also like photographing any type of wildlife especially birds and small animals.  If it gets me outdoors or in the woods I will find something to photograph.   And even if I don’t get a shot, it will still be a great day.”

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Wet Fly
Winner Annual Best of Nikonians 2015 Macro
Nikon D300s, Sigma 180mm macro @ f/16, 1/10s, ISO 400, tripod
Armleder Park, Cincinnati, Ohio
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Mark doesn’t quite recall how he found Nikonians stating that it was most likely in the spring of 2006 when he was looking for information on buying his first digital SLR -a Nikon D200.  Of Nikonians he states, “I like the real user feedback on equipment and all the willingness of folks to help with questions. I have bought and sold equipment on Nikonians.  Everyone, I have dealt with in the Equipment for Sale forum has been great to deal with.” 

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Orchid
Nikon D200, Sigma 180mm macro, tripod.
Several images stacked with Helicon Focus.
Krohn Conservatory Eden Park, Cincinnati, Ohio
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He relates further, “I am always checking the Equipment for Sale forums. Whenever I am looking for a new piece of photo equipment to add to my bag, I check the forums for reviews.  I enjoy looking and posting images on the monthly Wildlife and Macro forums.   There are a lot of great images and photographers in those forums.”  I think we can all relate to having been inspired by the work of others.

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Ruby Throated Hummingbird
Nikon D7200, 300mm f/4 Nikkor, w/Nikon1.4 TC @ f/8, 1/250, ISO 400
French Park, Cincinnati, Ohio
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Originally written on November 1, 2016

Last updated on November 29, 2017

Marsha Edmunds Marsha Edmunds (meadowlark2)

Donor Ribbon awarded for her support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Fellow Ribbon awarded for her continuous encouragement and meaningful comments in the spirit of Nikonians. Donor Ribbon awarded for her generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2015 Ribbon awarded for her generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2017 Awarded for her in-depth knowledge and high level of skill in several areas.

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10 comments

Mark Kraus (pipco) on November 14, 2016

Winner in the Annual Nikonians Best Images Contest 2015 Ribbon awarded for his win at the Best of Nikonians 2017 Annual hoto Contest

I want to thank Marsha for the interview and work she puts into this project and all Nikonians for the nice comments. There are so many good photographers on this site willing to help others. Thanks Mark Kraus

Aart Louw (AartPapaya) on November 7, 2016

What I admired most in this excellent series is the great variety of shots. 4 of these shots I have seen before, because they grew on me, never to be forgotten. Marsha, thank you for bringing this to us.

Alan Dooley (ajdooley) on November 6, 2016

Awarded for his frequent encouraging comments, sharing his knowledge in the Nikonians spirit. Ribbon awarded for his generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2015 Ribbon awarded for his generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2017 Ribbon awarded for his generous support to the 2017-2018 fundraising campaign Awarded for his in-depth knowledge and high level of skill in several areas, especially photojo Ribbon awarded for his repeated generous contributions to the 2019 Fundraising campaign

In case nobody else has noticed, Mark has not employed the latest, state of the art cameras or most expensive lenses to capture these inspiring images. Rather, he has worked hard to see and record the best possible photos. The newest and highest priced gear doesn't ensure bringing home the best photos. It's the eye behind the viewfinder and hard-earned skill that does that. Great work Mark -- and nice write-up Marcia!

Jim Palmer (jim palmer) on November 5, 2016

Hello all...just found Nikonians have an account..and to be greeted by Mark Krause's photos is one of the reasons I am sooo glad I found the site. Awesome exposures!!!

Marsha Edmunds (meadowlark2) on November 4, 2016

Donor Ribbon awarded for her support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Fellow Ribbon awarded for her continuous encouragement and meaningful comments in the spirit of Nikonians. Donor Ribbon awarded for her generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2015 Ribbon awarded for her generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2017 Awarded for her in-depth knowledge and high level of skill in several areas.

Very nice photography Mark - enjoyed your comments. This was really all Mark's work but thanks for the comments.

Rick Gentle (Rick19744) on November 3, 2016

Good write-up Marsha and great images Mark. Not that this UC Bearcat grad is bias !!!

Donna Knodle (dgknodle) on November 2, 2016

Ribbon awarded for her very generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2017

It's nice to get to know more about you Mark. A very good article about your passions in photography and superb photos to go with it.

Steve Kunder (smkunder) on November 2, 2016

Great article, I love reading these, as they help to keep people enthused about photography . Great pics, and it goes to show that you can stay around your home and get fantastic images. Thanks

Tom Jacob (sevendayimages) on November 2, 2016

Awarded for his continuous knowledge and images sharing with community members Awarded for his win at the Best of Nikonians 2016 Photo Contest Awarded for his in-depth knowledge and high level of skill in several areas.

Another excellent article, well written and nice to get to know our members a bit better. Stunning work Mark, and you're pictures are really an inspiration, not only by subject, but only in color and composition..truly very nice. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us, and Marsha for getting in all in structure. Cheers,

Geoff Baylis (GBaylis) on November 2, 2016

Donor Ribbon awarded for his support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Donor Ribbon awarded for his very generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2015 Awarded for his generous and continuous sharing of his high level skills with the Nikonians community Writer Ribbon awarded for his contributions to the Nikonians Articles. Ribbon awarded for his generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2017 Ribbon awarded for his win at the Best of Nikonians 2107 Annual Photo Contest Winner of the Best of Nikonians Images 2018 Annual Photo Contest

Great images - thanks for sharing them with the narrative. As a macro fan, the wet fly has to be my favourite. Geoff

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