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What R U looking at?
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Copyright: Oz Rittner (Oz1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 75 W: 2 N: 174] (1012)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-13
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D70S, Sigma 105 macro
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/250 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): portfolio of a killer, Insects and other small creatures gallery [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-06-20 7:46
Viewed: 14013
Favorites: 9 [view]
Points: 66
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Blepharopsis mendica is one of the most lovely Mantises in Israel. it size can reach about 7-8 cm.
It is distributed in north Africa and,almost all parts of Israel and neighenouring countries.
The photographed specimen is a young nymph.

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To Tippecanoe: Thank you very much for your comment!! :-)Oz1 1 06-20 10:09
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Fantastic shot.
What an amazing mantis, its camouflage is superb.
Focus is great and superb contrast against the redy-brown background.
Brilliant sharpness and detail.
Excellent work.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-06-20 7:52]

Hi Oz,

The title says it all,well shot macro of this ugly bug,sharp and detailed picture,I like the low POV,well done and TFS


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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-06-20 7:56]

Hi Oz!
What a fantastic, alien creature! Weird body, colours, camouflage. Evil eyes. Very aggresive pose :-) Sorry, I don't like mantises :-) This photo is fantastic! Orange BG works very good here. Superb work.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-06-20 8:28]

Brilliant work, Oz. Truely a magnificent species. I love the colors most of all, but also the contrast and sharpness

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-06-20 8:46]

Hi Oz.
I welcome continuation of a brilliant series of pictures. Amazing combination of classical pair colours: red and green. Exclusive sharpness, transparency and cleanness of a picture, DOF and composition. Bravo.

As always - perfect shot. Very good colours and sharpness.


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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-06-20 8:59]

Hi Oz,
A wonderful creature that shows that Nature is limitless playing with shapes!! A beautiful animal and a technically perfect shot!
TSF, José M.

Hi Oz,

Fantastic close-up.
Excellent quality, sharp, details and colors.
Great work!
Very well done!

TFS :-)

The Background really brings out this lovely image of the mantis. The shot is very sharp and well exposed.

A great, great shot. Beautiful POV and colours. Added to my favs !

Very impressive shot, kind of rare one here. BG color fits very well with the subject. To me, flash is a bit disturbing as it flattens the subject. Was it really necessary with the available light you had? Nevertheless strange creature well worth a big smiley!

Hi Oz, nice macro with great details.
And I love the red BG.

Unbelievable, I have not seen anything like it here. We have Leaf Insects which are similar but I am unaware of any Mantids of that Genus here.
Thank you for sharing.

A perfect example of camouflage, Oz.
Very well taken picture of this cunning creature with great POV, DOF, colours and clarity.

magnificent macro,
congrats u for this superbe bg.
best wishes

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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2006-06-20 12:08]

wow, just: wow! :-)
amazing shot of an amazing mantis, oz! :-)
never seen such a cool and colored one,
perfect sharpness and terrific pose,
nice strong colors and a wonderful blurred bg.
well done & take care, thor.

You are so good at these macro shots!
Great details, and sharpness, lovely colors!
Thanks Ana:)

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2006-06-20 12:59]

Hallo Oz,
extraordinary picture ... artistic (not only the balancing Mantis). Light, colours and sharpness are perfect.
Go on ... this way!
Best wishes, Peter.

what amazing insect.

vote 10+++ for sobject and tecnical shot

Hi Oz,
I never thought there could be an animal on our earth looking like that!!!
O my god - ugly, beautiful, interesting - what will be the right words for this one?
It's phantastic, I like to look at it, will never forget this shot, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-06-20 20:22]


Félicitations pour la netteté l'éclairage et la beautée de l'insecte.

Merci pour l'envoie.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-06-21 1:01]

That is a most amazing-looking creature, Oz.
Great capture of this young nymph with sharp details and excellent POV.
What a tangled-up pose. It takes me a while to sort his legs out.
That is truly one of the best features of TN... that we get to see some of the most incredible forms of nature throughout the world, thanks to members like you.
TFS. : )

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-06-21 6:16]

The more we see the better we like it!
What a stunning shot Oz!
Looks like a soldier with his camouflage!
This is what I call an image that worth more then thousand words!
Keep on going and TFS!

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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2006-06-22 12:43]

Hi Oz,
and again, great picture of this mantis. Very sharp picture with great DOF, POV and BG


Wow what a clear, sharp and well focused Mantis. The redish background is wonderful in highlighting his interesting features, well done.

HO Ho HO, what a beautiful insect this is , great capture , the sharpness and BG are excellent, superb macro
Goutham R

Hello Oz!
Superb! Both photo and the species you captured! Congratulations!

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-07-16 3:38]

Wooooooooooow ! This mantis is incredible ! And your shot is amazing !!! Beauty and quality here.
Bravo Oz and thanks for sharing.

Amazing attention to detail. Did you use the camera's built in flash or an add on? I like the contrasting colours of the subject and the background and also the attitude.


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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-07-31 16:04]

Impresionante macro de este maravilloso e increíble Mantis Oz.
Perfecto DOF y POV con un fondo limpio que permite disfrutar de los detalles del "monstruo".
Adicionada a mis Favoritos.
Saludos... Ricardo

Impressive macro of this wonderful and incredible Mantis Oz.
Perfect DOF and POV with a clean backdrop that allows to enjoy the details of the "monster".
Added to my Favorites.
Greetings... Ricardo

Composition: *****
Sharpness: *****
Color: *****
DOF: *****
POV: *****
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Hello Oz,

Fantastic macro! this mantis is amazing and you did a very nice shot of it.
Thank you for sharing!


amazing pose captured
never seen that kind of mantis
good composition, interesting BG

Hi Oz,
Excellent macro. The details are very good, the color of the background is beautiful. Detecting such a creature seems to be quite hard due to it's color.
Well done!




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