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Scary Alien Insect Part III

Scary Alien Insect Part III
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Copyright: Wishnu Garuda (wishnugaruda) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2776 W: 181 N: 4796] (19365)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-17
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Rebel XSi), Tamron SP 90mm 1:2.8 Di - Macro 1/1
Exposure: f/18.0, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-11-02 2:07
Viewed: 5026
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello on this sunny sunday morning.
This is my third post of the Alien Insect - the Mantis Religiosa.
I don't know who of us both was more exited and nervous to be together so close ...

Look at that face - look at the crincled neck, look into that eye, it was realy amazing to see that nearly 8 cm long insect so near.

Thanks for looking and any words,
and enjoy your sunday ...

siggi, Alex99, Maite, haraprasan, maurydv, horia, anel, ramthakur, eng55, kmr13777, Luis52, fiyo, marhowie, mlines has marked this note useful
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Hi Sabine
The eye of the killer. Very nice portrait. Good sharpness and great saturated colors. Great vivid red and nice efffect with black background

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-11-02 2:37]

Hallo Sabine,
In der natur hab ich so eine Kreatur noch nicht erlebt.Perfekte schärfe geben mir die Möglichkeit sich ein mantis von der nähe anzuschauen.Danke für diese Foto.Ich komme aus NE.Grüße Siggi

This is just incredible Sabine!
That Tamron lens on the Canon works brilliantly (in the hands of a skilled photographer obviously;)
Those details and colours in the eye are amazing.
A really excellent macro indeed.
Great job!

Nice close up. Depth-of-field and technical work are fasntastic.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-11-02 8:58]

Hi Sabine.
The most impressive magnification, amazing rich colour palette and stunning details/sharpness of the mantis. Superb DOF, great use of lash and amazing pictured scene (first of all it is head turning of the insect). Well done as usual and my kind regards. TFS.

Hello Sabine,

Lovely to see you still here and still posting your crisp and clear macro portraits! I have always been a little bit jealous of this Tamron lens you're using so well ;-) Glad to see it still working wonders!

As always - great details, colours and POV. The mantis looks strangely aware of being a model and thet makes the picture even more interesting.



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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-11-02 11:01]

Hello Sabine
It is so good to see you again and I hope you'll be staying a while.
What a good sharp image you have of this alien. They are so interesting to photograph and we can see so many crinkly bits and pieces on this one.
Well captured

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2008-11-02 23:01]

Wow, Sabine... This is really an encounter of the close kind!!!
Fantastic details on this little monster bug!
Now that you mention it, it is a rather wrinkled and crooked neck.
That is very weird looking.
Beautiful colors and composition.
Great to see you back.
TFS. : )

Hi Wishnu ,
Great macro with beautiful colours.
Well done

Kind regards

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-11-03 2:33]

Hello Sabine
What a fantastic macro portrait of this Scary Alien. It's really amazing as you say in all the sharp and curious details. You achieved not only a great focus but a splendid and beautiful composition too.
Congratulations and TFS

Hi Sabine,
Another lovely close up portrait of this killer mantis. Superb details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-11-03 8:42]

Another fine macro Sabien, very sharp, great tight crop and a fantastic image! Well done, thanks!


Ciao Wishnu,
un'altra splendida immagine di Mantide religiosa, spettacolare rapporto d'ingrandimento che permette di apprezzare ogni più piccolo dettaglio, la composizione diagonale, il contatto visivo diretto e BG scuro esaltano l'effetto tridimensionale, magnifici i colori.

Hi Sabine, amazing portrait with terific details of this alien monster, splendid colors and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-11-03 23:13]

Hi Sabine

An even more in-depth close-up of this amazing mantis!
I quite missed them this year so i'm glad i'm seeing such nice shots here on TN.

The details of your shot are really something and the huge DOF you used helped you place everything here in great focus. I envy you a bit for having such a nice macro lens :)
The flash work also helped a lot in getting those terrific textures and colors from the eye just right.
The green tones again look great against the red rose petals and that makes this alien-looking insect more eye-pleasing :)

Bravo and TFS

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-11-04 5:01]

Hallo Sabine,
Ja das Tête à Tête mit der Gottesanbeterin ist etwas ganz Besonderes. Man kann nicht sagen, dass sie dich zärtlich ansieht! Erstaunliche Details sind auf deinem Bild zu sehen. So nahe scheint sie wirklch gar ein Alien zu sein. Schöne Komposiion und prächtiges Farbenspiel.
Herzlichen Dank

Great shot! The colours and details are amazing.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-11-04 13:24]
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Hi Sabine,
what an excellent shot of this Mantis!
That eye is amazing!
Very sharp and crisp.
What do you think of the 450D?

Well done,

My picture of this 'Alien' I took recently in the hills is pathetic in comparison with this one, Sabine. And mind you, it was my first ever confrontation with this insect and still I botched it up :(!!
You have posted yet another wonderful portrait of this Mantis with superb details and colours on it.
Its green hues are so very rich.
Danke und aufwiedersehen.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-11-05 6:06]

Hi Wishnu,
Magnificent capture.Colors,sharpness,BG and details and composition are excellent.
Thanks for posting..

Hi Sabine,
This is an incredible shot.Excellent details and colour. It definately is like a scary alien. Thank you for sharing the entire series. Congratulations!!!


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-11-05 16:15]

Hola Sabine.
WOW. Super Macro. Great work my friend. I have seen so many Mantis here last cuple of weeks, and took some photos of them,but only one photo comes nice. Yours are wonderful.

perfect shot....!!!!!!!!!

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-11-07 2:06]

Perfect shot,Sabine!
Sharpness,details and colors are excellent. TFS

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2008-11-08 5:38]

Bonjour Sabine, superbe portrait, dommage que l'œil soit légèrement flou, à f/18 c'est surprenant!! toutes mes félicitations, Didier.

Looks fantastic Sabine - the red with black BG works very well.
You've even picked up that bit of red in the mantids eye I see..
All around a wonderful macro image :)

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2008-12-15 11:55]

Hi Sabine, Very good detail showing many details on this green mantis. The colours of the subject and what it is standing on, along with the diagonal is very effective. TFS. Murray.

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