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barbantesa (mantis religiosa)

barbantesa (mantis religiosa)
Photo Information
Copyright: antonio costa (antonio_costa) Silver Note Writer [C: 7 W: 0 N: 13] (137)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-10-29
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/40 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Mantodea: Mantis [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-12-10 4:02
Viewed: 47892
Points: 17
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [Spanish]
this pic was taken in a raining day.. the insect was so tired, I take it in my hand and I make some photographs, this is one of the moste expressive.
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Nice shot, sadly it is a little unfocous.

Well...It looks a bit agitated,but it makes a splendid display. I've never seen a mantis looking quite like this before.
Is this the African mantis?

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-12-10 18:10]

Bienvenido a TN Antonio... siempre es agradable tener hispano parlantes a quienes criticar y para intercambiar opiniones.
Es realmente llamativa la especie que presentas y la agudeza y nitidez obtenida.
Personalmente no me agradan las imágenes donde aparezca la intervencion del hombre como en este caso con el dedo.
De todas formas eres nuevo en el sitio y no tienes por que conocer estos detalles.
Los detalles de sus patas y alas principalmente son excelentes.

TrekNature se construye día a día con la participación de todos los usuarios.
Publicando sus imágenes, pero también criticando los trabajos de los demás.
Cada uno con sus conocimientos, palabras o poder de síntesis, siempre con comentarios constructivos.
Sin esa participación activa de todos, este sitio no tiene futuro... y sólo depende de nosotros.

Wow, great shot. I'm not sure if I would dare to touch it but I'm glad you did. Very weird look on this Mantis' "face", it looks like it's ready to attack. Or is conducting a symphony. Thanks a lot for sharing. Very well done.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2004-12-11 14:08]

Antonio, I like the shot. How did you get this sharpness by using F/2.8. With this, I guess I would get a blur or something alike.

The insect is beautiful.


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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-12-12 5:34]

Good shot. This is a familiar position - defence mode. The shot is clear and the DOF good.

Very well done and thanks for posting.

What a wonderful display! I don't think he/she is too happy with you for the lift, but then again, maybe it just wants a hug! Good shot!

I had one a huge one, in Thailand, sit on my neck. The bus had no lights on inside. He grabbed my neck, and I could not get him off, at least 3 inches I think. I was trying to knock him off, when the conductor turned on the lights. He laughed, haha, my imagination. Once the lights were shut off, the praying mantis sat on top of my head. I pushed it off, and the lights came on again. This time the man behind me found it. Sad part, he killed the insect. I wanted it put out the window, but they were sealed. This is a wonderful, fantastic picture. I normally love them, but not on me!

Hola Antonio,
the pic is just marvellous. Congratulations! Thank you for sharing it.
Cheers, Dietrich

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