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To the spirit of Treknature

To the spirit of Treknature
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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: 2007-08-31
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D80, 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6GED-IF AF-S DX Zoom-Ni
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/30 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Magnificent Macros, Dedications at TrekNature Part Two, posts with a difference, portfolio of a killer [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-08-31 10:28
Viewed: 4455
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 66
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This shot is dedicated to the spirit of Treknature and to the members of TN community who really care for the nature and enjoy the beauty through the lens.

Finally i got a tripod and started using it. I was just setting it at my terrace graden and i spotted a mantis on the leaf of a small plant. The light was low by that time but I decided to take some shots. When i saw the activities of this small insect through the lens i was amazed and took almost 60 shots in various positions from different angles and this insect obliged me making poses and jumping from one branch to other.

When i looked at this shot on the screen of my computer i felt as if the insect is bowing to greet us.

I have not given any details of this mantis which i will be posting with some other shots of the same insect.

Cropping, sharpening and resizing done, frame added to the picture.

cataclysta, Juyona, Luis52, gracious, mirceax, uleko, fartash, Jamesp, eqshannon, anel, Silke, ramthakur, earthtraveler, livios, jmp, angybone, SelenE, Filipe_Caetano has marked this note useful
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Hi Pankaj
Great dedication and fantastic shot for a special ocasion. Very good DOF fantastic mysterious black buckground. Very good compositio with silhouette of a killer :-)
Best wishes

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-08-31 10:35]

Hola Pankaj,
sensacional macro,
bg, fabuloso,
bello trabajo amigo,

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-08-31 10:55]

Hola Pankaj.- Una hermosa foto con una bella dedicatoria para todos los miembros de TN. Exelente Macro, grandes detalles y hermosa la pose- Saludos Luis52.

Hi Pankaj,
this shot is really beautiful. Colours
and composition are great. The dark background matches perfectly to the arrangement of the photo.
The mantis is taken very sharp and shows many details.

TFS Tatjana

Hi Pankaj,
Great shot and creat dedication.I love the mantis pose, the colours and the perfect BG.


Hi Pankaj,
The picture is superb colors and sharpness is wonderful.Coming to the spirt of TN i would like to tell you my experience. I landed in Netherlands on some official work and wanted to do some photography to de-stress myself , so i gave a hint to Paula(PVB) that i'll be in Netherlands , to my surprise she responded and after that i have personally met Paula, Pentaxfriend (Thijs) and Rene who have taken me around here. All this was not possible if there was no TN, so its is great dedication.
Goutham R

It's an amazing gift!
I don't find any word to comment this ...perfection...

Best regards.


Hello Pankaj,
I love this title as much as this impressive picture. This is a great composition with excellent exposure, superb details and beautiful dark background. This little one is looking straight at you! You captured a good pose from your lovely model with superb DOF. This is an excellent picture with good notes. Thanks!

Hello Pankaj
Excellent shot of this Praying Mantis,
Perfect details,BG and DOF,
Fantastic colors and POV,Welldone.
Great dedication


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-08-31 12:31]

Hello Pankaj,
Wonderful colours in this photo. Composition, DOF and black BG are perfect. Very good sharpness with great details.

I think this mantis is parying to you for some more good photographs of him.

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  • nimou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 148 W: 1 N: 687] (3171)
  • [2007-08-31 13:08]

Excellent picture, nice composition and colors.
Very good details.


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-08-31 14:00]

Hi Pankaj

Truly wonderful shot - great detail and colour. You have handled all aspecys of this shot with great skill.


Beyond a doubt, way beyond. The best photo of a mantis I have ever seen. Fantastic picture. It makes me speechless and that takes something for a talker like me.


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-08-31 20:28]

Hello Pankaj

A superb shot of this mantis.The focus is razor sharp.The colours are rich ans vibrant and outstanding against the dark BG.Wonderful contrast.The POV and DOF are excellent.TFS


Hello Pankaj,
Just perfect and beautiful!
very sharp with total clarity and details!
perfect exposure and focus indeed
very well done and well seen
have a nice weekend

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-09-01 1:18]

Hi Pankaj,
an outstanding shot.
A striking black BG highlights the wonderful greens of the insect and leaf.
Extremely sharp with excellent detail.
Well done,

bonjour pankaj
couleur menthe a l'eau (mante a l'eau).cela ne veut peut etre rien dire dans votre langue.
menthe a l'eau c'est du sirop de menthe avec de l'eau pour se desalterer et ici c'est aussi la couleur de la mante!
houla je m'embrouille!!
mais superbe photo.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-09-01 1:52]

hello Pankaj,
You and your tripod make miracles! Excellent picture, everything is great. Composition, sharpness, subject, background. It looks like on a theater stage.

tres jolie cette mante religieuse, parfaite sur son fond noir, encore un bon travail, merci a toi

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-09-01 3:55]

Hello Pankaj,
This is a capture where I think the black background caused by the flash is just brilliant bringing out the colour and the details of this green Mantis so beautifully.
No distortion of natural colours just highlighting. It's as if I was looking at it in real life! Outstanding shot and very nicely compossed too.
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-09-01 4:01]

Truly fabulous posting, Pankaj! And indeed the creature does look as if it's bowing. Outstanding colours, details and composition

The use of flash has created a pitch black BG which suits the green subject and the leaf very well, Pankaj.
Congrats on getting a new tripod! You have used it to good advantage in this frame.
Well done and TFS.

Hi Pankaj,
Now I understand why Mr. Image (Ram) from JJMPF always suggested to use a tripod. Seeing this my mouth opened wide and a big WOW! I must arrange a tripod. JUST EXCELLENT. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Pankaj,
Very nice capture of this Mantis.
Good composition.
Maybe more black space than I prefer.
Fine color and detail with your flash exposure
Nice frame

Hi Pankaj, thanks for the dedication of this beutiful mantid, elegant composition with great sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2007-09-01 15:21]

Pankaj, congratulations!

This is simply fantastic.

Excellent sharpness, dof, pose and contrast. The mixture of dark and green shades is wonderful.

Well done. A winner.

Elegancia y delicadeza en esta toma. Gran profundidad y excelente fondo. También me gusta la pose del insecto. Fenomenal fotografía.
Saudos Pankaj.


what else to say that this picture is perfect!and that it pleases my eyes very well!

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-09-02 8:36]

Hi Pankaj,
Wonderful pose and composition. A good photo to celetrate TN spirit!
TFS, José M.

That is a great shot! Wonderful that the background is so dark. Fantastic colors and great lighting.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-09-03 12:30]

Hi Pankaj,
It's a beautiful photo and a very kind dedication... Very well done and TFS
Best wishes,

Amazing beautiful composition. The use of the flash here was a very inteligent move, cause one can see the mantis better with no backgroung distractions. The colors and contrast are very good. And the note given really makes sense with such a nice picture. My best regards.

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