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Slurping Stamens by Mark Plonsky

photo.net Elves , Mar 31, 2003; 01:06 a.m.

Welcome to Mark Plonsky's world. Unquestionably THE insect macro expert on this site. Hard to pick one from the many excellent images. This one was chosen because it is more than just a great macro of an insect both aesthetically and technically.... but also a wonderful action shot that was caught so perfectly.

Slurping Stamens
Photograph by Mark Plonsky


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RUFFSTEP . , Mar 31, 2003; 03:07 a.m.

yet another stunner Mark (but you knew that) When is the book coming out?

Is there a picture of your rig on the site? if not would you be interested in putting one up.. I think a lot of people would be interested.

Landrum Kelly , Mar 31, 2003; 03:14 a.m.

This is incredibly good, but so many of your photos are also incredibly good. I don't know which I like best. I, too, would like to know more about you proceed.

Hazeelin Hassan , Mar 31, 2003; 03:55 a.m.

I am stunned! This one deserves POW status. Wonderful details and interesting colors. You are really an expert in photographing insects. Thanks for the tutorial as well!

Marc G. , Mar 31, 2003; 04:18 a.m.

Congrats, Mark !

But do you have a model release...? :-) <p> More seriously now, I am totally incompetent in your field, so I'll just shut up and read, this week, but one thing strikes me in this particular image: it's just very alive, with lovely colors and great action going on... I'd have titled it "Lunch Break", I guess... <p> I have to agree with the Elves that it isn't easy to single out one picture from your portfolio as "The Best". I think this is indeed at least one of your very best shots... My personal favorite of yours is this ant that stands like a human being, but probably that would be a very subjective opinion... I just find that one particularly original. I also like many of your close-up portraits of various insects uploaded to the site... Anyway, congratulations on this POW. It was long overdue... Regards.

Marc G. , Mar 31, 2003; 04:21 a.m.

By the way, I hope to learn something from you and others, this week, about the DOF limitations for this image... Is that the maximal DOF possible in such circumstances, etc. Thanks. Cheers.

James Stapley , Mar 31, 2003; 05:21 a.m.

To people wondering how Mark captures his images, he's rather sensibly (and kindly - thanks for the contribution!) made a tutorial on insect macro photography. Take a look: http://www.photo.net/photodb/presentation?presentation_id=188714

Jacques Henry , Mar 31, 2003; 06:17 a.m.

I am very happy to see you on the front page Mark! May that is not my favorite of your 6 legs catch but it will receive the awards for the many other exceptionnal shots you made. Indeed some of your animals seems to have feelings, human expression, anger, surprise ... I found your picture first on PhotoSig as I was looking for insect pictures with and for my young daughter's school's request. She could make a wonderful one and start a strong interest in those little things! Thanks Mark and thanks ELves for that selection!

Blaise Fiedler , Mar 31, 2003; 06:36 a.m.



Well done - I've been looking at your pics for a long time and I am very happy to see you made it POW. My favorite are the mantis pics.



Rienk Jiskoot , Mar 31, 2003; 07:40 a.m.


FA-18? Stealth F-117? F-16? Apache? I like the political impact of this picture in troubled times like these. Very subtle, elves, the way you guys let politics speak on this site. Sharp insect eyes from an insectmaniac. Congratulations, Mark.

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