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Praying Mantis Portrait

Praying Mantis Portrait
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Copyright: Deon Serfontein (deons) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 0 N: 55] (595)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-08-16
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 550D Digital, Sigma 50 mm F1.4 Prime
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Final Version, Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-08-18 2:59
Viewed: 2919
Points: 4
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Wikipedia: Mantodea (or mantises, mantii) is an order of insects that contains over 2,400 valid species and about 430 genera[1] in 15 families worldwide in temperate and tropical habitats. Most of the species are in the family Mantidae.

Taken with a 12 mm extension tube.This one was brownish in color and not green as is usually the case. I was surprised to see its pink tongue!

This is a repost from workshop image adjusted by Corjan3 (Neels) I also adjusted the contrast and exposure slightly.

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WOAH..yup bet this one is my favorite today; ALIEN HEAD :0)

Deon, this is such a great shot of this mantis. Excellent focus and detail. Outstanding job, Bill

Brenda and Bill marked this is a good capture! thanks GOD.

The sharpness could be better but the pic is very impressive!!!
Best regards

Hello Deon,
the best with this picture is that you have come close to the subject.
Sharpness, colours and exposure are not the best but it's a good try.
What you really need is a good support, like a steady tripod.
1/200 sec is way to long for hand held at macro and f5,6 is also to wide.
DOF at this close-up is only a couple of mm.The problem is the towards/backwards movement.
I wish you good luck with nest one.

Best Regards

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