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Soft landing

Soft landing
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Copyright: didier garnier (ddg) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-10-16
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 300 D, 100mm f/2.8MacroØ58
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/640 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Flying images, Insects around the world, images en vol, 5 favs. and up, 100 points or more (Chapter 1), Magnificent Macros, posts with a difference, Trentaure at its Best [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-03-15 5:18
Viewed: 11396
Favorites: 10 [view]
Points: 112
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Mantis religiosa (Orthopteroïdes, Mantopterea) is a very widespread order of insects in the Tropics, but represented also well in Mediterranean zone. Of green or brown color the insect is large, very slim and does not miss elegance. Males and females resemble each other, but these last are always definitely larger, more robust, more corpulent. They reach 75 mm and 50 mm for the males. The 2 sexes are suited to the flight, but with the approach of the laying the female is very weighed down and quasi condemned to move with "legs", and even with "4 legs"!! .
After many attemps, I succeeded to shot the insect at the time it started a landing on a plant located out of camera, to the right of the post. Sensitivity 400 ISO and Neat Image for the noise.

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  • bebu Silver Star Critiquer [C: 15 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-03-15 5:21]

Great shot!
Excellent colour & compos

Hi Didier,
What a amazing good photo. Such great sharpness and detail in the mantis. Did you make a pan to get this photo or was it jus the suttertime? (sorry still learning to understand the technique) Colors and light are amazing.

bravo pour l'exploit , superbe cliché !

Amitiés !

Hi Didier,
This is unreal
You did it again - amazing work!!!!
TFS - Shir

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-03-15 6:39]


Fantastique envolée de cet insecte. Félicitations pour l'effet de trainé laissé par la vitesse du sujet. Bravo pour les belles couleurs et la netteté.

Merci pour l'envoie Didier!


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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-03-15 7:19]

Une vraie photo expérimentale d'attérissage ;-) Ce cliché n'a pas dû être facile à faire et en plus c'est beau. compliments Didier !

Hi Didier,
Excellent flight shot. I have never observed a photo of a Mantis in flight. Good colors and I love the motion blur.

Excellent action shot here didier, you can tell the liitle guy is coming in for alnding.
Excellent coulors and copture, nice work


bonjour didier
splendide,et merci pour la note.je ne savais pas que cela pouvait voler!!!
bravo pour la capture


Great moment captured here - Great POV and detail very good.


Hello Didier,
WOOOOW! What a marvelous and amazing portrait, excellent flight shot. I like clear details, nice colours, sharpness and framing a lot. Congratulations...
Well done.
Ali Rıza

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-03-15 10:51]

Very unusual shot, Didier.
I don't think I have seen a capture of a mantis in flight.
Fantastic timing. Look at those hind legs going every which way. Really interesting.
Sharp details and great light.
TFS this wonderful and unusual photo. : )

Very nice, this is beautifully composed and presented. Good sharpness and beautiful colors.
Well done

Great capture!!! very dificult, well done!!!

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2006-03-15 13:42]

very nice one Didier,
a fantastic capture, great macro work, good pov and a very good dof, fantastic job,
gr. jaap

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2006-03-15 15:53]

Hi Didier,
Fantastic action shot!
Perfcet timing, excellent composition,
very good details and very nice colour.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-03-15 16:22]

Hello Didier,
this is an amazing action shot. Colors and exposure is great. The action well frozen in air with the b/g blurry. Well done.

Amazing inflight Didier. I really like the feeling of motion you get from the BG effect.
I can't remember ever seeing a mantid inflight on TN before. Very well done.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-03-15 18:20]

Bonjour Didier!

Fantastic photo!!! I like blurred BG which adds dynamics to composition. But of course mantis is the best. Perfect details, pose and first of all - timing.

Just 3 words!!!

Very very nice!!!
I add to my favorites
I would like to know how do you take it in macro cause the insect is very fast?

Hello Didier,
a very fine macro shot. Excellent detail and good tones of colour. A great capture, very well done. TFS.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-03-16 4:19]

Hello Didier!
Excellent action macro.Lighting,colors,BG,POV,framing,composition
and visual impact are wonderful.

Superb shot Didier,
I've never seen anything like that!
Great picture, even if not entirely perfect technically.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2006-03-16 8:22]

Hello Didier,
This is a superb in flight capture.
I like the motion blur of the background.
Good lighting and nice detail and colours of the insect.
Your hard work and patience has paid off with this capture.


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  • TPAKT Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 97 W: 21 N: 20] (89)
  • [2006-03-16 10:51]

Privet Didier.
Never saw flying Mantis. A magnificent foreshortening and a composition. The color scale and a dynamical background are very good. It is more similar to a flying winged horse. Bravo!

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2006-03-16 14:55]

Hi Didier,

This is a first with a mantis in flight. Excellent shot and well done on the composition.


Hi Didier,
I had not much time in the last days - so I'm happy I found this hot at least.
Wow, it's spectacular, so many action here, we can see the "running" background, this is beautiful. I'm a little jealous, I only saw a mantis 1 time in my life, and you have a shot of a flying one, I'm very amazed,
thank you so much for this interesting one, bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-03-16 15:16]

Hi didier,

very nice posting with lots of action ,details and colours,well done.



This is an incredible action shot Didier
Great colors and POV
Love the BG and the sharpness.
Love the frame, tell me your secret.

Superbe cliché Didier! Les couleurs, l'effet de mouvement, l'arrière-plan flou... tout est parfait. Merci pour le partage!

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-03-17 9:49]

Excellente capture, très bonne technique. Bravo.


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-03-17 20:57]

What a great action shot Didier! Quite comical seeing the mantis getting ready to land. Good job, thank you,

Amazing action shot,this is really impossible to catch but you did well...

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  • pat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 87 W: 0 N: 125] (414)
  • [2006-03-18 17:24]

Hi Didier,
A really outstanding shot ouf this flying manthis timed before landing. It is at the same time abstract as for the composition and the background, but with many details, and scientific value... Great lighting too, with psychedelic wings. Thanks for showing, Patrick

Phantastic in flight capture, Didier!
I never saw a big fat female mantis flying.
I always thought only the males could get into the air.
This is a great document.
Thanks and best regards,

Big Smile!


What a superb flight picture, these insects are so unpredictable and inspite of that you have captured them superbly Congrats
Goutham R

What an unusual photo! It's amazing how you got the insect sharp whie it is moving, and you are moving with it. It must have taken you a few attempts!
Very sharp, considering, and nice colours and composition.

Wow! not too many pictures out there with a flying mantid. This is very nice I like the action that you caught. :)

How could I have missed this one, but I did.

Amazing shot, a once in a lifetime achievement I think.

Well done.

My goodness Didier this is so different and well its just brilliant. The blurred BG really adds to the Mantis in flight. Iv never seen this before. Excellent work.

Hello Didier,

Wow, an excellent and rare moment you have captured in this great shot.

Thank you for sharing it with us!

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2006-04-04 20:02]

A more than excellent photo, Didier.
Merci beaucoup.

Hi Didier,
Amaizing flying shot!!. I love this difficult capture, is excellent, gives moving sensation.
Very good colours, BG, details and composition.
You have an extraordinary gallery, I enjoy it.

Superbe photo. Le mouvement bien rendu par cet arrière-plan flou/filé, les couleurs bien saturées et les détails en font une image très réussie. Bravo!

Hello Didier!
I understood it! You have a friend beside you, after he throw these insects, you captured them! ;-) How can it be!Unbeliavable...

Hi Didier,
Great shot!
DOF, POV and sharp are excellent.
Very well done and good job.
TFS Malgosia

Extraordinaire, je n'avais encore jamais vu ça ! Et esthétiquement très réussi aussi. Cela a du être difficile à réaliser, je croyais que ce genre de clichés n'était possible qu'avec un matériel spécial, appareil couplé avec un faisceau... ?

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-09-03 9:37]

Hi Didier
I cant find word to describe this beautiful picture and composition. One word EXCELLEN
Well done my friend


Well done!
It probably took a lot of retries, to catch this moment.
It's very sharp too.


Bonjour Dider
Je viens de parcourir votre galerie et c'est un vrai bonheur.
Cela doit représenter des heures d'attente et de recherche, et peut être beaucoup de photos loupées.(c'est mon cas)
Merci pour ces belles photos

Excellent shot... may be one of the best shots that I have seen so far!!!

Hello Didier.

Excellent image, nice composition and colors.

Jose Luis.

je m'étais dis il y a un moment qu'il fallait visiter cette galerie bien fournie en compositions d'exeption, et aujourd'hui je découvre ce filé incroyable, en un mot bravissimo !

great capture, TFS Ori

Saisie en plein vol...
le mouvement que donne le fond laisse partir l'imaginaire... Que va-telle rencontrer? Quelle sera la suite de ce déplacement ...
Cela c'est sans parler des couleurs, du détail focalisé sur l'animal...

Didier, this is an incredible image, I love it, and wonder how you did it.

This is just super MF Didier! An inteersting lightning and sharpenede experience. Best regards.


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