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Schumacher is testing new car

Schumacher is testing new car
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Copyright: Alexei Alyokhin (Alex99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09-17
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro, Marumi MC-UV 58 mm
Exposure: f/25.0, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 100 points or more (Chapter 2) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-01-17 8:31
Viewed: 4256
Points: 112
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
From the end of the last year practically any release of sports news cannot do without the information on preparation to a new season of the Formula One.

Special interest of spectators and experts is caused by the presentation of new cars by world leaders such as Mercedes, Ferrari, McLaren, BMW, etc.

I had the luck to be present on one of such ceremonies and to take some pictures.

As this picture was taken by using of macro lens (I have used tele lens at macro mode), the well-known race driver can not recognize himself at this shot. However this picture precisely reflects the atmosphere, which reigned during that moment in TOYOTA stable: the atmosphere of excitement, expectations and hopes.

The note
Role of the well-known racer was played by Mantis.
In a role of a new car, the German lawn mower "Ikra" had performed.

European Mantis

The European mantis (Mantis religiosa) is one of the most common species of the order Mantodea. Originating in southern Europe, the European mantis was introduced to North America in 1899 on a shipment of nursery plants. Now they are found all over north-eastern America (east of the Mississippi River) to the Pacific North West. The European mantis is usually 2-3 inches in length, and has shades of bright green to tan. It can be distinguished easily by a black-ringed spot beneath the fore coxae…

More about Mantis see:
European Mantis
Mantoptera (Russian)

More about Formula One 2007 see:
2007 Formula One Season

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To aaronr: Thanks a lot.Alex99 1 02-24 10:13
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Hi Alex
Industrial buckground but I rely like the idea. Interestin post and note. I think it is the last photo of M Schumacher (almost) behind the wheel at the end of his career :-)
Best wishes

Salut Alexei
Très belle prise. La pose est excellente comme si elle si elle voulait nous montrer qu'elle savait lire.
Merci et au revoir...JP

Hello Alexei,

Excllent work, Great colors bg POV DOPF nicly composed and capture photo excllent work

TFS Kyle

Privet Alexei.
I like the title. Your animal looks very happy on the new car. Is it new Shumacher? :) You have done it very well my friend. Clean and sharp image. Very nice POV and DOF. You have done allways the best. Bravo.
Greetings my dear friend.

Muy oportuno y estupenda instantanea.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-01-17 10:10]

Hi Alexei

What an interesting post and a cute title/note :)
I'm also a very big fan of Formula 1 - especially McLaren!!! ;)
This cure mantis looks great is its driver seat...only tha car is a bit big fore its size :))
I really like the details on your "driver" here...especially the very aerodynamic "helmet" :))

...i'm sory if after all my sentences there is a ":)" but that's the effect of your post...

Anyway, a very original idea, picture and presentation, my friend!

Brrrrrravo and TFS :))


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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2007-01-17 10:20]

Bravo pour l'effet comique !
Bonne journée.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-01-17 10:25]

Hi Alexei.
I look on his face........YES!!!! that's Michael :- )
I am fan F1,but earlier am used to be bigger.Quality races diminishes(IMHO).
Your mantis is capture very well and in very nice position.With nice details and colours.
Thanks for interesting picture and note too.
Best greetings Milos

Hello Alexei,
Excellent idea on this photo. Much more interesting with your note. The mantis is crystal clear and strike a nice pose for you. Other technical stuffs are perfect. TFS this fine and pleasant picture.

Very amusing capture, Alexei :-)!
The head of the Mantis is turned in such a way that it looks like as if it is trying to 'read' the leaflet on the bumper. Ha, ha!
The picture of the subject against the car is sharp and attractive by way of colours and details.
Thanks for sharing this entertaining picture along with a well-written note.
Warm regards.

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  • badar Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 0 N: 160] (785)
  • [2007-01-17 10:57]

Hi Alexei,
Thats a very interesting POV.
Badruddin Ali

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-01-17 11:03]

Privet Alex,
Funny capture and title.Well seen and composed.I liked pose of mantis,details,colors and composition a lot.Excellent work!

bonjour alex
regardez la celle-la,elle veut nous faire croire qu'elle sait lire!
mais il faut s'en mefier car ces insectes "mante". (c'est un jeu de mot mais je ne sais pas si la traduction sera fidele a ce que je veux dire!).
en tout cas même si le support n'est pas extra la mante est parfaitement nette avec sa couleur bien naturelle.

Hi, Alexei.
A lot of humor in this shot. And good also technically. No complains about exposure, sharpness and composition. Great shot.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-01-17 13:59]

Divertida nota para una peculiar presentación Alexei donde el punto fuerte es sin dudas el contraste de color entre el mantis y el rojo Ferrari.
Gran foco y agudeza permiten ver los detalles del insecto sobre el auto con apropiada iluminación.
Todavía no comienza la temporada 2007 y personalmente ya estoy extrañando a Schumacher :-(

Amusing note for a peculiar presentation Alexei where the strong point is without doubts the color contrast between the mantis and red Ferrari.
Great focus and sharpness allow to view the details of the insect on the car with appropriate illumination.
The 2007 season doesn't still begin and I am personally already missing to Schumacher :-(

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-01-17 14:12]

Hi Alexei,
You brought a smile on my face with your photo and note. Well seen and captured. Nice colours.
TFS Paula

Hi dear Alexei ,
interesting image.
very nice and great colors.
it is lovely and very glad.
well exposed.
thanks dear Alexei.
best wishes

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-01-17 15:04]

Lol he looks like he is reading the label. I think he is sizing it all for a purchase. Great shot

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  • marcin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 138 W: 0 N: 268] (2057)
  • [2007-01-17 15:41]

witam Alexei
This is a very funny capture. Green Schumacher..

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-01-17 16:03]

Hi Alexei,
Yes, we are too in Formule 1 preparation, with our World Champion Fernando filling our TV news.
Quite original capture, similar to mine as Ricardo (RAP) informed me. Car and insects are the most common species in our plantet. I like the pose looking so carefully this id. label. May be a competitor's spy?
Best regards mf,
José M.

Hello Alexei,
A curiuous and funny image taht was taken very well. I like the title, but Schumi looks a bit different last days ;D
Cheers :)

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-01-17 16:33]

Hello Alexei,
what a wondeful find, this mantis looks so nice on this red BG. A humorous shot, looks like it really is an car expert. Well at least it has a good eye for a great color ;-). Very shar close up.

Love the note. Very interesting.The whole thing is funny.!!!
Maybe the Mantis is "praying" to own a car & drive it away.
Great shot.
Best regards,

Simpática escena, con muy bellos colores.
Saludos Alex.
Juan Luis.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-01-18 1:56]

Very amusing, Alexei!
This mantis tries to keep up with the times.
Pehaps he can quickly evolve to discard his camouflage green colour and change to racing green, then eventually to some tile red so that he can catch any insects in modern disguise.
Anyway your post has both amusing and tragic aspects of how we humans dominate the natural world.
You make us laugh and cry at the same time!

Best wishes, mf,

Hello Alexei,
Very eye-catching colour contrast!
The little green fellow is captured with fine details, in spite of being located in this quite unusual surroundings...
I like the way you get eye contact as he is looking over the shoulder!
Pablo -

LOL, points for originallity

well done.

Hello Alexei,
LOL, this is so weird! What does Mantis have with cars? Please have a look HERE

This is a very funny capture but seriously, I'm asking myself many questions about Manti’s interest for cars :) What do you thinkt about it, isn't it special? I like this POV and details and those interesting note about F1 as I follow races too. Thanks,

Hi Jose,
Interesting shot, and I enjoyed your sense of humor, having actually read the note :)
Nicely done mf.

Hi Alexei,
Great shot! I am still laughing. Perfect exposure has the colors and detail in this looking superb!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-01-18 7:57]

Hi Alex,
I don't understand anything about cars, maybe this technically interested Mantis knows more about it. Very funny picture illustrating interactions between nature and Technique.
Well observed.
Best regards

I love these bugs, of all the insects this one can sit patiently and provide some of the nices poses, excelent shot, the detail is on the money!


Superbe photo, elle est vraiment jolie,cette couleur de voiture,cet insecte,cette photo,tout est très beau, même le titre. Amitiés Thomas

Ha ha! Great funny shot! :)

very good pic...

Hola Alexei,
Curiosa y original composición, parece leer la prensa, la nitidez es muy buena. Saludos

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-01-18 18:31]

Hello Alexei,
Very nice capture.I liked vivid colors,POV,framing and composition a lot.TFS

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-01-18 18:53]

jiji, simpática imagen, y original idea, buenos detalles, Saludos Alexei.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-01-18 21:31]

Hello Alexei

Excellent focus and DOF,the details are razor sharp.The colours are well saturated and bold.Very good eye contact,it looks like you disturbed him while he was reading the label.Very good POV.TFS


I love this guys perch - What a splendid image!
Well work...

Hi Alexei,
Nice sense of humor...Very unusual environment for the mantis...Interesting capture.
Great shot.

Ben Lakitan

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-01-19 1:16]

hello Alexei
you are presenting comic and meaningful title, composition and note. point of view, colours, sharpness and details are great

Hi Alex
what a very curious and well done photo of this fantastic insect...as always in your photos,colours,sharpness and composition are perfect but the strange location where you find the mantis make this photo a must!
best regards my friend

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-01-19 13:28]

Hi Alexei,
I see you have a good sense of humor. The sharpness and details on the mantis are incredible. The colors look so true and accurate with perfect exposure.

Hi Alex a nice shot fine detail and great write up well composed tfs rgds Necip.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-01-19 18:00]

Hola Alexei.- Un buen Piloto debe de ser esta Mantis. Leiendo las intrucciones del auto deportivo. Bella foto con mucha imaginacion. Luis52.

Hello Alex,
this mantis looks better than Niki Lauda, and your lawn mower that looks as good as any Ferrari. Lovely, creative and funny combination - and an eye catcher, indeed.
Thank you! My best regards,

Nice colors displayed, Alexei. Even the mantis looks like it is polished.
Well done

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2007-01-21 13:28]

Hello Alex This one is very nice , a great shot ,good compositie colours details ,very apart ,tfs ,Greetings Teunie .

Hello Alexei.

Excellent image, very good details and colors.

Jose Luis.

Alexei, dobri, dobri!!!

I love it! You need to add "humour" to the categories!

Your compo is outstanding. The colours are very rich and
nicely caught; deep red, green and black. It looks like the mantis is reading the racing results! The PoV is such that I feel as if I am reading along! I turned my head to be aligned with our "racer"!!!

Well done! ;j.

PS Still grinning! ;) THANXXXXXXXXXX for that!

Hello Alexei !
I had never seen this driver before ! Anyway, he is very beautiful ! :-) Excellent details, composition and POV, and I like the contrast between the green mantis and the red car. Interesting pose of the insect, he seems to be reading the white note. Very well done !

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2007-01-25 12:07]

Hello Alexei,

Let me congratulate you for this so orginal post!!! The mantis is telling us "this is my car and don't touch it"!!! or maybe it is a female mantis taking the pose for an "ad" for the Ikra cars!!! Anyway, I like very much how the head of the insect is turned toward you and looking at you! Great colors with great contrast between the light green and red...

Great post and TFS,


PS. Good notes too!

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  • aaronr (8)
  • [2007-02-23 4:36]
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hi alex,
i like this shot,i wish mantis turned up near my house :D but the dont o well nice colours on the mantis good luck and keep up the good work. aaron

This is a funny photo, I like it, Its a great shot and I like your notes. TFS

Thanks for your comments on my photo "Iceberg Ahead! Part two! (20) " :o)

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-07-09 1:21]

Alexei, I just happened to see your profile. Absolute gem. All the pictures the theme and the caption and the readiness in your photographic chill. Great and I am happy to atleast see your photos and take learning lesson. Ganesh

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2008-02-18 12:54]

Hi Alexei, Good very clear photo of this mantis, it is a fine specimen well presented. TFS. Murray.

Hi Alexei,
A pretty funny capture of this mantis. Excellent sharp details and a fine composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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