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green predator
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Copyright: Mark Galea (magal) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 224 W: 0 N: 313] (1251)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Raynox DCR-150
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/800 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-10-27 9:22
Viewed: 3894
Points: 13
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi Everyone,
Its good to be back home and to be able to post shots again. I have just returned from the Libyan desert where we now have a sat link so I can access TN. I was limited to critiquing because I did not have the foresight of taking some of my shots with me. Better planning next time!
This shot of a European Mantis was taken back in September when these predators suddenly appeared all over the patch where I usually spend my free time 'hunting' insects.A praying mantis, or praying mantid, is the common colloquial name for an insect of the order Mantodea. Often mistakenly spelled preying mantis (a tempting mistake, as they are notoriously predatory- I had the opportunity to see one of these creatures attack and eat a locust alive - all within half an hour) they are in fact named for the typical "prayer-like" stance. The word mantis derives from the Greek word Mantes for prophet or fortune teller. The preferred pluralization is mantids[1], though there is some usage of mantes or mantises.

There are approximately 2,300 species in the order Mantodea world-wide; most are tropical or subtropical, but several species live in temperate climates such as that of the northern United States, central Europe, and Siberia. Most Praying mantids belong to the family Mantidae.

Praying mantids are one of the few insects that can turn their heads. They have excellent vision, and hunt insects (and sometimes small vertebrates) by stealth and a rapid striking attack. No mantis is poisonous and they present no threat to humans.

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Hello Mark,
Nice to see your post again. This is sharp and crisp clear picture. Well composed with excellent dof. Impressive picture.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-10-27 9:59]
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Hello Mark,
Wonderful portrait of mantis.I liked DOF you managed,details on head,BG,cross framing and composition a lot.There is some noise at BG could be removed with neatimage.Nevertheless great capture.

Hello Mark!
Good to see you after a short hiatus.
Though a fairly good macro of the head of this green Mantis, some aberration seems to have occurred at the PP stage, I guess.
Did you try reducing the size and using noise filter?
Welcome back and have a nice weekend.

bonjour mark
c'est un joli sujet mais je pense qu'un passage dans neatimage aurait été benefique pour le bruit du BG,la profondeur de champ est trop limitée,une vitesse inferieur et une ouverture plus petite (f/superieur a 5)aurait egalement été mieux.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-10-28 5:53]

Hi Mark

A very beautiful portrait of this impressive animal - the praying mantis.
Excellent macro work, resulting in geat sharp details, lovely colors and very good lighting.
Also the DOF is very nice and the composition well chosen.
Very well done!

Bravo and TFS

Hello Marc,

Great DOF you have got here. Makes the picture very original

Great job
TFS Greetz Kristy

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-10-31 7:13]

Hi Mark,
I love the shallow DOF, very nice how the head of the mantis pops out of the OOF BG. Very nice sharpness and great colors.

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