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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.”
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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