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Portrait of a mantis

Portrait of a mantis
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Copyright: Pankaj Bajpai (pankajbajpai) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1470 W: 102 N: 4711] (16627)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-11-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D80, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/20.0, 1/60 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): portfolio of a killer [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-11-05 9:38
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I was lucky to have another mantis guest in my premises, It was already dark by that time, i clicked almost 40 shots and the mantis posed for me.

I was amazed to see the way this insect was responding towards the camera and the movements were quite interesting to observe.

I will be posting some interesting pose of this mantis in future.

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I think this is the best mantis picture I have ever seen. You have been hiding it? No...date says today. Wow...Talk about clarity and color..You sure have this one down!

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-11-05 11:49]

Hola amigo,
excelente retrato,
buen trabajo y color,
detalles originales...

Wow a fantastic Mantis. Congrats Pankaj this is an excellent shot. Excellent POV, framing and sharpness. Perfekt exposure and excellent bg. I think this is one of your best. Thank you my friend.

Increible toma de una gran belleza.
A destacar el juego de colores y la
pose del insecto. Buena iluminación,
encuadre y formato.

Saludos Pankaj.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2007-11-05 14:23]

ir' a perfect work,nothing to tell...thanks for share,Luciano

tres joli portrait de cette mante, belle macro qui ressort bien sur ce fons noir
bien vu, merci a toi

Hi again Pankay, superb mantid in inusual pose with splendid details and excellent sharpness, lovely presentation, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-11-05 15:21]

Hi Pankaj,

This is nothing short of sensational! The pose is amazing, colors are outstanding, details could not be sharper. Beautiful on the black background and with the framing. A work of art!


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-11-05 23:15]

Hi Pankaj

Truly excellent shot - well composed and exposed - pretty near perfect :)


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-11-06 1:27]

hello Pankaj,
Very interesting the attitude of the mantis. Coming out of the dark gives to the picture a lot of impact. And its eyes, amazing.
Thanks for this excellent picture

Wonderful! Great pov - great dark bg almost as though the mantis is floating in space. :D
Wonderful details! Wonderful color! Great light and lighting effects.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-11-06 5:55]

What a shot Pankaj!!
Tha contrast is outstanding.
+++ I love the unique POV, this is what makes this shot original.
Great colours that are enriched by the black BG.
Excellent clarity and sharpness.
--- Nothing :D
Very well done,

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-11-06 6:26]

Hello Pankaj
What a great portrait of that mantis .Excellent POV and very sharp image whit great details .Colors and light are very nice.
TFS Michel

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-11-06 7:38]

Hello Pankaj,
I find the facial expression as caught in this frontal view of a Praying Mantis, quite amusing. Fine sharpness at the front, excellent black BG making the whole a special portrrait.
Well done and TFS!

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-11-06 8:20]

Hello Pankaj

Another incredible shot.The lighting and contrast are amazing.
The focus is sharp with excellent details.
The colours are well saturated.
Wonderful eye contact.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-11-06 8:25]

Hello Pankaj,
What a brilliant, and funny, capture of a Mantis. I like the way he is facing you with spread legs as if ready to attack! I love the eyes and the colours look great against the black. Great work!
Many thanks, Ulla

Dear Pankaj
Excellent shot of this Mantis,
Perfect composition,use of flash and POV,
Superb shot,Welldone.


hi pankaj,

Hello Pankaj,
Excellent point of of view of this splendid mantis, I lLike so much the black background and the funny eye contact,
well done,

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-11-07 6:07]

Hi Pankaj,
Awesome portrait shot of this mantis. Very neat and sharp image with spot-on focus on its eyes. Great use of flash lighting and the resultant black BG works well here in creating a fabulous effect. Excellent POV and composition. Kudos.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-11-07 19:26]

Wow ! Great shot Pankaj, good eye contact and super sharpness, well done !


Hi Pankaj,
Amazing portrait! Excellent details on the face!!! Beautiful colours and nice BG.
Best regards,


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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2007-11-09 22:44]

great shot! i like the black around! very nice visual impact. tfs

Hello Pankaj!
What a funny picture of mantis species! I like a lot the low POV which is a portrait POV too. Great details and sharpness. Bravo also for light control, the insect looks like comming from the darkness :)
Best regards,

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