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150th Post… Mantis without Wings

150th Post… Mantis without Wings
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Copyright: Ricardo A Palonsky (RAP) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot Pro1, without additional lens
Exposure: f/8, 1/60 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Mantodea: Mantis, 100 points or more (Chapter 2), !"Living on the edge...", portfolio of a killer [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-02-07 9:13
Viewed: 15914
Points: 160
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [Spanish]
150th Post in TN… Mantis without Wings

A juvenile Mantis to which I decided to investigate to see the evolution of the growth of their wings.

When finding it had the first vestiges of their growth (as they can see in the image), for what I decided to transfer it to a plant where it could continue seeing it during some days.

In a future presentation they will be able to see these completely developed wings, what they allowed him to leave later.

I hope you like it J

Mantis is also the name of several insects in the Mantidae family, commonly known as praying mantis.

The mantis is one of the most common species of the order Mantodea.

Mantids are notable for their large size and nimble reflexes. Their diet usually consists of living insects, including flies and aphids; larger species have been known to prey on small lizards, frogs, birds, snakes, and even rodents.

Most mantids are ambush predators, waiting for prey to stray too near to them. The mantis then lashes out at remarkable speed. Some ground and bark species, however, pursue their prey rather quickly.
A mantid's prey is caught and held securely with its grasping, spiked forelegs.

Mantids are masters of camouflage and make use of protective coloration to blend in with the foliage, both to avoid predators themselves, and to better snare their victims.

Some species in Africa and Australia are able to turn black after a molt following a fire in the region to blend in with the fire ravaged landscape (fire melanism).
In addition to this adaptation, they have adapted to not only blend with the foliage, but to mimic it, appearing as leaves, sticks, blades of grass, flowers or even stones.

Their diet and coloration frequently change as the mantid grows; mantids are among the hemimetabolic insects - those whose immature stages are similar to the adults, primarily differing in the lack of wings and functional reproductive organs.

Source: Wikipedia

Camera: Canon PowerShot Pro1 (without additional lens)
Super Macro: On (max. 4 mpixels)
Shooting Mode: Aperture-Priority AE
Tv (Shutter Speed) 1/60
Av (Aperture Value) F8 (max. available)
Metering Mode: Evaluative
Exposure Compensation: -1.3
ISO Speed: 50
Lens: 7.2 – 22.8mm
Focal Length: 22.8mm (max. available)
Image Size: 2272x1704
Image Quality: Superfine
Flash: On (with domestic diffuser)
White Balance: Custom
AF Mode: Single AF
Tripod: Yes

Post Processed in Corel Photo Paint.
Slight adjustment of levels of Temperature, Brightness, Contrast and Midtones
Frame built-in in Photoshop.

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Hi Ricardo
Great shot of young mantis. What I like the most are the colors and light. The DOF is pretty good and POV is interesting
Best wishes and congratulation for 150 post

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-02-07 9:41]

Dear Rap.
My heart congratulations on 150th post. Every of them have brought a great pleasure to us. Thank you for your fruitful role which you play at our TN community. Best wishes and more-more new wonderful pictures.

Net your nice close-up picture with great composition, perfect lighting, excellent details and sharpness of the insect and leaf. The dark green BG highlights the image of mantis nicely too. Superb work. TFS and beat regards.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2007-02-07 9:47]

Caro Ricardo, parabéns por sua centésima-qüinquagésima imagem no TrekNature. Pode ter a certeza de que este site muito melhorou depois de seu retorno. Que você continue conosco.

Gosto da foto. Belos tons de verde e perfeito fundo escuro. Excelente nitidez, contraste e tons de verde.

Mais um perfeito trabalho com a Pro1.

Hi Ricardo,
Excellent shot on this young mantis. Sharply focused picture. Details on texture and body colors are well shown. I also love the composition of this picture. Congratulations to your 150th post.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-02-07 10:05]

Congratulations on your 150th post. This is a capture well worthy of the honour of being used today. Superb colours and details, excellent POV and well-managed dof

Hello Ricardo
Very nice shot of Mantis
Perfect focusing and composition,
Congratulation for 150th post :-)


hi ricardo,
congratulations on 150th post,
this shot is perfect for 150th post,
nice colours,
very crisp image
tfs & regards

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-02-07 10:12]

Hello Ricardo,
Congratulations on your 150th post.It's and crisp clear image.POV,lighting,exposure,DOF and composition are excellent.Have a great day!

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-02-07 10:15]

Hola Ricardo,
Excelente macro, y buen uso del flash, que para mi es mi asignatura pendiente(aparte de otras. jiji)los diferentes tonos verdes han quedado perfectos, felicidades por tus 15O "ilusiones" ya que cada vez que se publica se pone el corazón. lo dicho preciosa captura.
con cual de las 150 te gusta mas?? muchos saludos

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-02-07 10:29]

Hola Ricardo
La mantis es uno de los insectos que más me imponían siendo niña. Me daban casi tanto miedo como las arañas, tal vez por esas patas delanteras que parecía que si te atrapaban ya no te volverían a soltar.
Ésta que nos muestras aquí es realmente imponente. El colorido y la nitidez son espléndidos mostrando con precisión los detalles de su anatomía.
La composición es magnífica y me encanta la presentación.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-02-07 10:33]

Hello Ricardo,
Congratulations on your 150th post. This young mantis shot is a fine way to celebrate it, with goos sharpness, comp. and contrasting bg. Excellent lighting too.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-02-07 10:34]

Hi Ricardo,

Congrats with your 150th posting,I am curious of the developments of your mantis in future,well captured with nice colors and sharpness,well done and TFS


bonjour ricardo
un tres joli 150eme post,je n'ai vu qu'un fois une mante et je trouve cette bestiole tres longue!
l'ensemble est tres reussi avec la netteté ,le POV et le fond noir bien fait.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-02-07 11:29]

Hello Ricardo,
Excellent composition showing this Mantis in a nice pose. Great sharpness and very nice lighting. Have you used the Super-Macro setting here?
TFS and congratulations on your 150th post!

Hola Ricardo,
Que buen insecto escogiste para esta foto!
Muy interesante lo del desarrollo de las alas a medida que va creciendo.
Es una excelente macro la que nos presentas, con un muy buen uso del Flash de relleno, con el cual conseguiste unos detalles sumamente claros y nítidos gracias a la uniforme iluminación.
Me gusta mucho la composición en vertical, y el pequeño marco que le pusiste!!!, así se resalta lo mejor de la foto y a la vez la podemos disfrutar en un muy buen tamaño.
Felicitaciones por la foto y por la marca de 150 exitosas y didácticas presentaciones.
Gracias por compartir la foto y tus conocimientos con todos nosotros.
Un abrazo,

What an interesting perspective on this juvenile Mantis, Ricardo! The insect fills the entire diagonal space within the frame.
Superb sharpness, focus, colours and minute details. The judicious use of flash has created a nice dark BG here, making the subject stand out sharply and clearly.
Warm regards,

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-02-07 14:03]

Hi Ricardo

Congratulations on the 150th post and very informative. I had no idea that it takes time for the wings to develop. Wonderful sharp details, nice DOF, excellent POV and lovely colours. I hope to see the next 150



Belle photo,cet insecte est joli et bien net,de bons détails. Amitiés Thomas

Hi Ricardo congratulation for your wonderful 150th post on TN, great sharpness and lovely details in your photo, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Ricardo,
this juvenile Mantis taking shelter under a large leaf is very well presented in front of a deep dark background, shown in full length, with all her weapons well visible. I like the softly contrasting hues of green and red, and the well placed distant shadows that make this flashed photography look as if taken under natural light conditions. The fragility of that ferocious little raptor is well shown here, despite its fragility one of the most successful predators on earth - with a rate of more than 90% attacks being successfull, while lions are well below 40% ...
With thanks, and best regards,

Hola Ricardo,
Felicitaciones por tu foto nº 150. Muy buena composición con la mantis en diagonal, además de la buena iluminación y lindos colores. Tal vez más a foco en el abdomen que en la cabeza, pero casi no se nota. Util nota.
Un abrazo

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-02-07 16:22]

Hi Ricardo.
Beautiful capture those cub rear horse with very nice and sharp details.Well composed and very good exposure.Very nice POV gives interesting view of all the details.Splendid colours are very well saturated.Dark blurry background well stress attention on main subject.Together with very instructive note is that a amazing presentation hereof very interesting insect.
Superb done close-up.Thank you for sharing and congratulate to your anniversary.
Best greetings...Milos

Great Macro Ricardo,
Expert post processing to delivery an excellent result. Very good sharpness, detail, color, light, DOF, and exposure.
Nicely composed frame as well mf.
Very well done.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-02-07 16:35]

Hola Ricardo,
Congratulations on your 150th post!
Very good POV, composition, lighting and focus.

Hello Ricardo!
I have some delay with writing comment to your pictures but I believe that is only for a moment :)
I like this presentation because of some things:
1. it is a good quality photo (DOF, POV and contrast)
2.very interesting and detailed note.
3.the picture shows a larval stage of Mantodea! Usually here on TN only the adults are shown, so bravo for this photo! :)
Best greeting from Lodz,

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-02-07 17:44]

Excellent macro, Ricardo
Very good lighting, sharp and detailed image, very nice colours.Congratulations on your 150th post!

Hi Ricardo

Congratulations on your 150th post and to mark this milestone you share with us a very well composed, tack sharp image of a Mantid. Very good use of fill flash. This is very nice camera work. :-)

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-02-08 3:28]
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Hi Ricardo

Well this is definitely a very interesting post! You can be sure that you’ve got my 100% attention as for your following post…I’m very curious to see the evolution of a mantis :)
But before that, I want to congratulate you for such a lovely number of posts! Bravo, my friend and to many more!
Coming back to the photo…as you’ve seen from my gallery…I really like mantids very much :) These creatures seem very fascinating and I can’t wait to find some more and take shots of them…but I guess I’ll have to wait for that :(
The composition here is terrific and you really managed very well to keep all the body of this beautiful creature in full focus. The lighting is also very nice and the colors are charming. Good, sharp details very good DOF and a very pleasing framing.

Bravo my friend for a very good work and TFS

Hello Ricardo,
Congratulations for your 150th post, this is a beautiful number that goes with a beautiful and so interesting post. I learned something new today again. Mantis and wings... I can't wait to see the continuity of this process :) As usual, details, exposure, POV, composition and DOF are superb. I really enjoyed reading those interesting notes. This is a much appropriated post for TN. Congratulations and keep on posting! :)))

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2007-02-08 8:38]

Hi Ricardo,

Yes, after a very long period I'm back on these site, but I'm no great specialist in macro work, I try on a very soft tone!
You show us a very lovely macro shot, congratulation with this 150th picture on TN, splendid work here! Thanks for sharing.


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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-02-08 9:20]

Hello Ricardo,
what a wonderful choice for your 150th. I like those mantises and really enjoy seeing the different species from around the world. Excellent capture, I love the lighting, the use of flash is excellent , the colors have a warm tone to them. The dark BG shows off the mantis very well.

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-02-08 15:20]

Hello Ricardo,
I have always been fascinated by the mantis, and your 150th is an excellent one. I wonder about the size of it. Congratulations!

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-02-08 18:15]

Hola Ricardo,
Interesante foto de esta mantis sin alas. Excelentes detalles y buen contraste contra la parte oscura.
¡Sí que has alcanzado un número elevado de fotos! Esperando que sean muchas más, recibe un saludo cordial. José M.

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  • yllen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 230 W: 0 N: 16] (641)
  • [2007-02-08 20:17]
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Hola Maestro:
Congratulaciones por las 150 . Has elegido una captura harto difìcil, al menos para mi. Lograr nitidez en verde sobre verde es una de mis tantas asignaciones pendientes. Quedè anonadada con la nota y con los detalles de tu tiro.
Es una hermosa compo, ideal para festejar tantas horas de trabajo y desvelos.
¡Felicitaciones!, y que sigas deleitàndonos por mucho tiempo màs.
Un abrazo.

Hi Ricardo,
Excellent macro on this young Mantis. Great fill flash exposure has given rich greens in the color palate. Nice sharp detail. Looking forward to seeing his future growth.

Hi Ricardo a superb shot the detail is great angle and composition is very well chosen. The DOF is well adjusted good light also. TFS rgds Necip

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  • ciccio Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 221 W: 50 N: 338] (2751)
  • [2007-02-09 14:32]

Preciosa la composición y ese contraste entre los distintos verdes y el fondo negro. Un lujo para la vista. Enhorabuena y un saludo.

José Luis

150 times good work


Felicidades por esta foto y por las 149 anteriores.
Me gustan los colores y luz obtenida, creando un ambiente intimista con el insecto.
Auqnue el enfoque parece correcto, quizas no sea la foto más clara que has publicado, aunque critico por criticar, ya que hay nivel, pues a exigir más :)
Un saludo amigo.

I love these bugs, they are so photogenic and cooperative, nice detail and exposure, well taken!


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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2007-02-09 16:59]
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Congrats and keep up!
Great shot and interesting educative note!

hi ricardo!
fine macro with good
sharpness and nice pov
fine composition and
very good exposure
well done!

Hi Ricardo,
I almost missed this great picture.
The mantis looking funny when he climbing on the edge.
The light and colours are very nice. Good details and DOF.
Congrats on your 150 post.
Well done, old friend.

Hola Ricardo,
La toma es muy buena, como nos tienes acostumbrados, la nitidez y detalle son excelentes, la luz para ser con flash está bien distribuida, la nota me pareció muy interesante, felicidades por la 150 toma de TN esperamos seguir aprendiendo y disfrutando de ellas. Un abrazo

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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2007-02-11 2:51]

Hi Ricardo,

Great macro picture of this mantis
Great color, background, lightening, position and sharpness


Hi Ricardo
Perfect macro.
Very good sharpness and lighting.
I like it.


Congrats on your 150th post.
U've been agreat contributor to TN and hope u'll continue to be :-). A very nice exposed shot of this mantis. The details, colors and the exposure is spto on
Goutham R

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  • cricri (8)
  • [2007-02-12 7:24]

Bonjour Ricardo,
Félicitation pour cette 150éme image
Compliment pour cette magnifique capture, trés joli détails et couleurs

encore et toujours aussi jolie photo, je ne peux que vous dire mes félicitations
superbe merci du partage

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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2007-02-12 11:16]

Hi Ricardo,
Congrats on your 150th post.
Hope to see many more.
Nice clear closeup shot full of details and sharpness.
Very well done.TFS

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  • star74 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 211 W: 3 N: 598] (2474)
  • [2007-02-12 12:39]

Hi Ricardo,
Another great close up from you,
Very clear details,colours and sharpness,
Great job

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-02-12 22:43]

Hello Ricardo

An exceptional photo of this mantis.The colours and lighting are remarkable.Very well focused with very good POV and DOF.The details are razor sharp.Nicely composed withvery useful notes.TFS


Congrats Ricardo!
I missed this the first time around! I know how the mantis feels: my wings have been clipped too! There is a lottta green in this photo, not? ;)

Thanx for all the posts! J.

Bonsoir Ricardo

Superbe macro de cet insecte aux moeurs si bizarres ! Bonnes composition, mise au point et profondeur de champ. Félicitations !
Au revoir et a bientôt....JP
Les sourires demain

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-02-13 16:39]

A great shot. Really sharp, good colour saturation. I especially like the black background behind the mantis.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-02-14 18:45]
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Hi Ricardo

Firstly, allow me to congratulate you with #150, although somewhat belated. You have enhanced this site with each and every one of those postings and I thank you for that.

Thanks to your notes I realised that this was not a poor little hapless male mantis that has fallen prey to a female that clipped its wings by having it for supper (chuckle), but that it was still a youngster that still had to develop its wings. Well spotted and captured MF, what must have been a pretty small insect at that stage. The vertical composition worked well. Splendid rich colours, excellent details, complimentary dark BG, and spot-on exposure gives this shot the visual edge that so many of your photos exhibit.

Very well done and TFS.

Hello Ricardo,

well done on this wonderful colors Bg pOV DOF perfect details very crisp nice work

TFs Kyle

Hola Ricardo,
I am happy to join the previous member and congratulate you on this fine post.
Very interesting note and I can't wait to see how this will continue!
Saludos - Shir

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  • Aramok Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
  • [2007-02-15 12:53]

the detail and colour saturationin this picture is really good making it a very well presented 150th post. Composition, DOF, POV are all spot on.


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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-02-15 18:15]

hello Ricardo
congrats for your 150th post. composition, point of view, depth of field, colours, sharpness, lighting, details, framing and note are great

Hi Ricardo,
Interesting subject look different with its contrary diagonal posture! Nice use of flash! Red patched arms and wingless mantis! i'm curious about the developing of its wings!
Thank you!

Hola Ricardo, la verdad es que me da un poco de "repelús" la nota sobre la vida, obra y milagros de esta "religiosa".
Magníficos detalles y un color fabuloso que destaca sobre el fondo que no distrae para nada al resto de la escena.
Saludos amigo, JL.

PD. ¡Ah! Y por supuesto muchas felicidades y que sigas con nosotros, que aprendemos bastante de tí.

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2007-02-17 16:41]

Bonsoir Ricardo
Felicitations pour la 150ème
Très belle composition couleurs et netteté
Bravo Robi

Hi dear Ricardo ,
excellent image as always.
great composed, colours , sharpness.
excellent details and nice frame.
very well done.
thanks and regards

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2007-02-18 14:56]

Pas de doute, ces mantes se ressemblent d'un continent à l'autre.
Bonne journée.

You are such a patient man.
You have shared so much of your knowledge with us; at times I get the "feeling" that you are actually TEACHING
just as a "teacher" does. Love your notes. Have learnt so much.
How do you find so many creatures to register?
Best regards,

Hi Ricardo,
Hey, You've got 150th already!
Sharp, details, and neat, as always.
Superb shot.

Ben Lakitan

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2007-02-19 3:42]


I've never seen so young mantis. Great, educative picture. Vertical composition looks very good, nice details and colours. Good use of flash. Excellent note.

Thank you for all your photos and advices Ricardo!

Wonderful image. really is nice with great colours, sharpness.

Muy buenas Ricardo
Una gran foto la de esta mantis, me gusta sobre todo el contraste esas dos zonas diferenciadas de color y la mantis siendo el centro de todas la miradas.
Un abrazo

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2007-02-20 8:05]

Hi Ricardo, I'd never seen a mantis without wings!! Great post and congratulations for your 150 th!! Didier.

Hi friend,
wonderful image!
really is nice with great colours, sharpnees ,BG!
excellent composition!
it is clean and lovely image!
Take care Ana:)

Hi Ricardo,
wow - I'm so fascinated of these big insects.
I never saw one in my life - but it's my dream to see such a big one ...
Your shot is perfect, that pose, the sharpness and the warm colours, can't be done better, thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hello Ricardo !
Congratulations on your 150th picture ! Each of them is very beautiful. Compo and POV are excellent here, as well as the details. You also made great use of your flash, the picture has vivid colors and a beautiful dark BG which makes the insect stand out very nicely. very well done !

bonsoir ricardo
très belle macro
belle couleurs aussi

awesome macro shot and great information in your notes! TFS

thanks for your comments on my photo "just taking a walk":o)

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  • NellyD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 237 W: 0 N: 445] (1783)
  • [2007-02-25 11:50]

Hi Ricardo,

Congratulations on your 150-th post!
And it's a great shot of this mantis.
Very beautiful colours and light, great sharpness, POV and BG.
Thanks for sharing.

Greetings, Nel

Hola Ricardo.

Muy interesante la foto y el comentario muy didactico.

Un saludo desde La Coruña.
Jose Luis.

Hi Ricardo,

This is a great photo of one of my favorite insects !
Splendid colors, details and composition combined with a great POV !

Hello Ricardo,
Eye-catching colours and wonderful details!
Attractive composition with good lines, well balanced with good dynamics...
Belated congrats on #150..!
Pablo -

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