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Mantis religiosa

Mantis religiosa
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Copyright: yiannis christofides (yiannis) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 625 W: 0 N: 770] (5400)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-08-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus E3
Exposure: f/8, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-08-14 7:20
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Mantis religiosa, known as the European Mantis, but now also found North America is a member of the Mantodea, a world-wide order.
Mantises have two spiked forelegs with which they catch their prey. They have interesting courtship behaviour, the male engaging the female so as to change her interest from feeding to mating.
Mantis religiosa is easily identified by the "eye" spots on its fore-legs, seen here in the photo.

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hello Yiannis
this is a very good sharpness composition with good details and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

Hi Yiannis,
Beautiful shot, majestic pose. Good details and POV.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-08-14 8:16]

Hello Yiannis,
Excellent sharp capture of a yellow form Mantis religiosa. The pose and POV were ideal to see the signal mark on the foreleg and the contrasting BG and hanging dead leaf make a fine contrast that really shows it well.
Thanks and best regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-08-14 8:44]

Hello Yiannis,
How nice to see a yellow Mantis. Difficult colour to see the finest details, but you succeeded very well. Excellent sharpness, composition and blurred BG. The leaf is also very beautiful.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2011-08-14 9:22]

Hello Yiannis,
What a great macro of this yellow Mantis in a fine pose! Excellent DOF, sharpness and background. Also very nicely framed.
TFS and best regards, Ulla

Hi Yiannios,
What unbelievable colours and quality! An amazing image! Well done.

PS: Perhaps the crop is a little too tight but that does not detract from the merits of this great photo.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-08-14 10:38]

Hello Yiannis.
Excellent shot on this mantis. Sharply focused picture. Details on texture and body colors are well shown. I also love the composition of this picture.Best regards Siggi

Hi Yiannis,
very nice photo. Excellent point of view. Great sharpness. Amazing composition. Very interesting specie.
Thanks for sharing,

Hello Yiannis,
Spectacular image with very nice colors and excellent focus.
The razor sharp details are amazing. Wonderful contrast against the background.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2011-08-14 11:32]

Hi Yiannis.
Excellent capture of this mantis. Super sharp details,wonderful vivid colors and nice blurred BG. I like beautiful composition with lovely pose on dry leaf. Very well done, my friend. Thank you for sharing.
Best regards

Hallo Yiannis,
a superb macro shot of this Mantis, impressive details, fantastic colours, point of view depth of field and composition are excellent
Best regards

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-08-14 12:56]

hello Yiannis
splendid image with sharpness and detail super; very beautiful and natural colors; a composition very well done!
Thanks for sharing

Hello Yiannis,
Fantastic picture by quality. What I like in this image are the fine details, excellent sharpness, natural colours, ideal POV, OOF BG and pose. Well done!

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2011-08-14 13:08]

Giasou Yainnis,
very nice close-up for very Mantis religiosa species ..
Very good details, nice colours and good focus.
Best wishes,

Hello Yiannis,
great capture of this beautiful Mantis with wonderful colours and good sharpness. I especially like your wellm chosen POV and the fine contrast with the background.
Best wishes,

Ciao Yainnis, great macro of beautiful mantis, wonderful natural colors, splendid light, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2011-08-14 15:06]

Hello Yiannis,
What a splendin macro,great sharpness,details and amazing colors.Wonderful POV and composition.
Have a nice night!...

Εντυπωσιακό έντομο και εντυπωσιακή φωτογραφία Γιάννη. Η σύνθεση, τα χρώματα και η ευκρίνεια είναι εξαιρετικά.
Καλή σου μέρα,

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  • aruntp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 590 W: 1 N: 357] (5379)
  • [2011-08-14 23:49]

good work. nice closeup of the mantis. good lighting. tfs.

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2011-08-15 0:06]

Beautiful image made remarkable by the contrast between the mantis and the dry leaf, all under lovely lighting.

TFS and best regards,


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-08-15 1:39]

Hello Yiannis,
You very lucky to catch this impressive Mantis on a dry leaf. The color-contrast is perfect and gives to the shot a great visual impact. Perfect focus too. Most interesting shot.
Kind regards

Hi Yiannis,
Beautiful composition of this Mantis
TFS, regards

εξαιρετικά όμορφη σύνθεση που αναδεικνύεται από την αντίθεση των χρωμάτων ξερού φύλλου και εντόμου, πάρα πολύ καλή φωτό απόδοση!
καλά να είσαι!

Usually have seen a green one but yellow color, this is first time, very good closeup with fine details. tfs.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2011-08-15 7:34]

Hi Yiannis,
Excellent macro shot.Very nice colours with excellent details.
Perfect pose this mantis.
Regards Jiri.

hello Yiannis

WOW,what an suburp macro from this Matis with razor sharpness and details.
Fine colors.


perfect mantis capture, tFS Ori

Hello Yiannis,
A superb close-up of this unique colour mantis, excellent details sharpness, great point of view and beautiful contrasting,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice evening,
Best Regards,

wow, what a macro picture, congratulations Yiannis ! lovely light and very nice details, nice colors too,

have a nice evening,

ciao, tino

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-08-16 1:41]

Hi Yiannis,fantastic pic! What a beautiful yellow Manthis and what a super quality,the besr sharpness,brightness and saturation for a magnificent result.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Yasu Yiannis
what a great macro shot of beutiful Mantis on dry leaf. great sharpness of focus, great POV/DOF and colors. nicely composed and presented with good notes. efkaristo.

Hi Yiannis,

Absolutely fabulous macro of this European Mantis my good friend, this is an exhibition of macro Photography at its best Bravo!, superb sharpness with great depth, excellent lighting and colour tones, Wow awesome picture Yiannis and very well done,
Best regards,


Hi Yiannis,

I add my praise, I don't have to tell you why it is such a successful shot (but anyway, the leaf does the trick!). This is outstanding photography, Yiannis.

My compliments and my best regards

Excelente trabajo Yiannis, con una magnífica luz y unos bellos colores.
Yo nunca la había visto amarilla.
Saludos: J. Ignasi.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-08-20 19:00]

Hello Yiannis,
excellent capture. Well shown in great sharpness and superb color contrast.
I like the way it pose for you.
Very dramatic view.


Ciao Yannis. Magnificent light's management on difficult jeallow. Razor details and sharp. Impressive DOF in an excellent compo.


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  • meisok (53)
  • [2011-08-21 9:32]

Muy buena foto Yiannis, unos colores muy naturales, luz perfecta, y un foco de lujo, buen disparo!


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-08-22 18:56]

Hello Yiannis,
Awesome image!!! I have never seen a yellow Mantis before, this is spectacular. Exceptional detail and excellent DOF. The exposure is right on the money and the composition is very eye appealing. Superb job!!

Hello Yiannis,

Very impressive details, accurate DoF with perfect sharpness!
The colours are well reproduced, and the framing of the scene gives a fine presentation of the insect...
Effective level point of view and a fine pose!

Pablo -

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  • PeakXV Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 121 W: 0 N: 544] (3135)
  • [2011-08-28 20:48]

Hello Yiannis,

Spectacular composition you have provided here. All appendages are extremely sharp. vivid colors & choice green hue for the blurred background all combine to make this image a big winner!



Hello Yiannis,
photography gradevole for this Mantis religiosa,
this yellow coloration is difficult to find where dress I.
The much beautiful composition, bond the detail and the yield of the natural colors.

Thanks and best regards,

Hi Yiannis.
Fantastic! I think these Mantis are simply amazing. I love the yellow color and the whole compostion with the leaf is excellant. Really sharp and bright! This is a winner all the way.

Hy Yiannis
Wow!Impressive image showing this insect (probably a mutation in the color pathway, resulting in the lack of green normal color). Excellent sharpness and contrast. Well done!!
Kind regards,

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  • ricx Silver Note Writer [C: 8 W: 0 N: 43] (241)
  • [2011-09-19 12:41]

Hi Yiannis, I dont think I have ever seen such a brilliant yellow insect , let alone a Mantis. excellent detail and sharpness. I like it Rich

fantastic - nothing more to say. congratulation for this pic.

Hello yiannis.
Beautiful yellow color of this mantis. I like your tall frame choice with pleasing focus against contrasting background.
Thanks and have a nice day,

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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2012-11-28 18:09]

Hola Yiannis, me gusta mucho esta toma del insecto por su exótico color que nunca había visto. Exlente luz, color, y entorno...saludos.

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