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Mantis Religiosa (detail)

Mantis Religiosa (detail)
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Copyright: Jose Ramon Pato (JORAPAVI) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 677 W: 0 N: 629] (4643)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-21
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 20D, Sigma 150mm F2.8 APO Macro DG HSM, Kenko ext. tubes 12+20+36mm
Exposure: f/16, 1/250 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): portfolio of a killer [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-13 1:23
Viewed: 5276
Points: 64
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Hi Joe

Terrefic close-up. Amazing details are visible (this is more than 1:1?). Very good exposure, and those eyes look straight out of a hollywood horror film using insects as heros (or villans)! I love it, not scared at all :)


Hi Jose,

what a superb shot. it's like us lying down on our arm...very lovely pose. great sharpness & clarity.

many congrats.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-02-13 1:32]

Hola José ramón,
Estamos vecinos hoy!
Very fine close macro of the Praying Mantis with excellent sharpness and detail, both of the head and spiked arm. The flash has been skillfully used to avoid undesirable reflections.
Buen trabajo,

Hello José

Perfect close up capture of this mantid species with excelent details, DOV, POV, Sharpnes and lighting. Great!
TFS friend!



Amazing macro of this Praying Mantis, Jose.
The huge close-up presents all the details very sharply.
Very well done and TFS.

Magnifique détail. On dirait qu'elle se mange.
Bonne journée.

Gracias por los halagos José Ramón y más viniendo de tí. Que decir de tu colección ? Pues que esa si que es una maravilla y aprendo mucho de gente como vosotros. Un abrazo.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-02-13 4:47]

Hola Jose,
I will be back with a proper critique.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-02-13 5:06]

Hola José,
impresionante macro,
detalles y fabulosa nitidez,
excelente pov.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-02-13 5:12]

Hi Jose,
super fine detail and an amazing POV too, the light caught in his (her??) eye is a great touch...and those spikes seem as sharp as they should be, well done!

Hello José,

Great detail on the legs with a different POV applied in general. TFS

bonjour josé ramon
extraordinaire,cette mante en devient vraiment terrifiante.
le piqué est excellent.
bravo et merci.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-02-13 8:03]

Wow! Terrific macro shot of this Mantis!
The amount of detail is very impressive!
Great colours and lighting.
Superb composition.
Very well done Claude,

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-02-13 8:15]

Hi Jose,
beautiful macro! Great work, fantastic details!
You captured this Mantis with fantastic clarity!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-02-13 8:32]

Hi Joe,this is great,i think 2 points are not enough to sign this wonder,thanks a lot for share,have a nice day,Luciano

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-02-13 9:20]

Hi Jose,

I have never seen a macro of a Praying Mantis like this one! The face is just amazing. Superb details - can't get better than this.


Hello Jose
What a wonderful scene you captured,
Perfect details,exposure and use of flash,
I really enjoyed :O)


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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-02-13 9:44]

Hi Hose,

Congratulations for your very good macro. Excelent DOF with good details of the insect. Also very good lighting and colors.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2008-02-13 11:43]

Hola José Ramón,
Excelente macro!!! Pose, colores, nitidez, corte y composición fuera de serie.
Abrazo, José M.

Hola Jose Ramon,
This is a super macro well done!
the exposure and focus is spot on with total sharpness, vivid colour and details
absolutely blameless
muchas gracias

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-02-14 1:03]

Hi Jose.
It is one of the best macro shot of mantis I have ever seen. My congratulations. All is simply outstanding but most impressive point is terrific details and sharpness of the insect and skin reproduction. Fantastic. Bravo.

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2008-02-14 2:14]

Hi Jose Ramon,
What a great shot!
Excellent details!

Ciao Jose,
che fantastico primo piano!
Questa è realmente una super-macro.
Si possono osservare anche i più piccoli dettagli: in particolare mi piacciono molto le spine sulla tibia.

Hello Jose Ramon!
oh yes! These are details! Fantastic macro with great sharpness and DOF! The real portrait of the killer! Hooks on mantis's leg are very impressive thanks to perfect control of light and DOF.
Amazing picture!
Best greetings,

Fabulosa macro José.
Una fantástica captura.
Muchos saludos, JL.

Hello Jose

Very nice close-up of this mantis. Excellent sharpness. Wonderful detail. Great light and colours.

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2008-02-17 10:32]

Bonjour Jose
Très belle Macro, couleurs et netteté sont excellentes, très belle présentation.
Félicitations, amicalement Robi

Hola Jose Ramon.

Que macro-retrato de la mantis afilando sus garras.
Parece tal cual un extraterrestre de los que ponen en las pelis


Hi José
a wondeful portrait. The beast has this shifty look. You can see the ocelli, all the bristles. Great DOF, no disturbing shadows. ell done, José!
Best regards

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-02-22 14:19]

Hi Jose

Superb macro - wonderful lighting and colours here.


Hola José Ramón,
Es impresionante ese macro, me gusta la "actitud" de la mantis, que parece estar saboreando restos de comida que quedaron en su "brazo con dientes". Excelente trabajo
Un abrazo

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-03-13 16:50]

Amazing macro image Jose,
The detail is incredible and the colors are gorgeous!! Excellent exposure and great DOF. TFS.

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