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Just before lunch

Just before lunch
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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: 2005-09-19
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 300 D, 100mm f/2.8MacroØ58
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/200 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Insects around the world, 70-79 Puntos (chapter 2) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-11-02 10:14
Viewed: 7083
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 94
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
It is a photograph extracted from my files, I published of them one of the same series a few months ago, this time the shot is taken just before the meal of the monster!!! How you can see it, this Mantis possede the horns of the devil!!
ISO 200.

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molto bella .ciao gigicacco

Oooh scary!
The "devil" even has red eyes ;)

Nicely executed picture, the light is very pleasing and the dark background is very complementary to the picture overall. The only little thing I see which would have made it an even better shot is if the grashopper had been entirely in focus.

Other than that, superb capture, thanks for sharing! (ooh, almost forgot, lovely framing too!!)

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  • sayat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 280 W: 0 N: 258] (1457)
  • [2006-11-02 10:34]

A real monster! Very terrifying! Excellent picture which conveyes the "before the lunch" mood perfectly.

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2006-11-02 10:35]

Instantané remarquable. Bon réflexe.
Bonne journée.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-11-02 10:49]

Hi Didier,

very nice macro of the mantis lunch table,I think he enjoyed the meal with a bit of sun in the back,well captured and cropped,TFS


Hi Didier,
Really..a science fiction shot.
It looks more like some weird dance than a killing.

bonjour DIDIER
très jolie prise, bons détails et couleurs nettes.
ta note est très bonne aussi bien sur la photo que dans les commentaires
a+ et merci du partage

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-11-02 11:14]

Hello Didier,
He really looks nasty and the poor little grasshopper! Such is life! Really clever capture, good detail and interesting lighting. Suitable dark background.
TFS, Ulla

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-11-02 11:33]

Hi Didier

This is indeed a splendid capture, too!
What a lovely coincidence: we both have pictures about mantises feeding :)
Anyway, yours is realyl bautiful, with excellent sharpness, lovely colors and taken from an very goos POV. Also impressive is the fact that both the mantis and the grasshopper are both is very good focus.
Very well framed and composed!

Bravo and TFS

hi didier.
nice shot with great clarity. the details captured very well.. the framing is good. the pov is nice. the bg is good. lighting is perfect.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-11-02 13:17]

Hello Didier,
This is an impressive capture of this mantis!
It has an atmosphere of sci-fi about it.
Even the background looks like a scene from outer space. Drama apart, this is a sharp composition presenting both predator and prey very well.
TFS, regards, Ivan

Hi Didier,
What an interesting pose with that beautiful and poor grasshopper. Wonderful pov, framing and dark bg which suits great here! Some parts are oe maybe, but i don't mind it, the photo looks wonderful to me!!! i love this one.
Thank you and best regards!

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-11-02 14:12]

Excelente y oportuna captura Didier con gran composición y agudeza.
Me encanta el nivel de luz logrado como así también el bokeh.
Atinado encuadre y presentación.
Muchas gracias y un gran saludo... Ricardo

Excellent and opportune capture Didier with great composition and sharpness.
I love the level of light achieved as likewise the bokeh.
Accurate framing and presentation.
Thank you and best regards... Ricardo

Hi Didier,

The image is splendid in many ways:composition, DOF, POV, colors and sharpness.

Very well done and thanks for sharing...

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-11-02 14:27]

Hi Didier,
The moment and the gesture of the mantis is simply impressive. Horns and eyes are really special!
Great shot!
Best regards, José M.
PS. For me, the victim is de devil as attacts my plants and the mantis is who equilibrate things a little.

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2006-11-02 14:38]

Hello Didier,
the suspense in this image is really present. It is remarkable that the grasshopper os not alerted of the approachhing danger. Very well seen and nicely captured.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2006-11-02 17:04]

Hola Didier.- Bella foto, justo en el momento. Gran nitidez, luz y contraste. Luis52.

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-11-02 17:58]

Hi Didier
Great shot again. Excellent colours, sharpnes, details, light and POV.
Well done mf


Un excelente fondo,areas con transiluminacion que demarcan los bordes, con nitidez en las espinas de las patas raptoras que capturan al pobre acridio.

Oh my. This is scary.
It looks like it is playing with its lunch. I wonder why Mantis look like aliens.
Nice picture with good details, sharpness and composition. A good use of lighting. And yes, i like the way its feelers mimick the horns of the devil in this scenario, very appropriate. :)

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2006-11-02 22:00]

Didier, this is really amazing.

Excellent colors, contrast, pov and composition. I like saturation too.


Hi Didier,
Very cool photo. That mantis has anevil look about it. You have captured the moment very well.
Great shot regards

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2006-11-03 2:30]
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Bonjour Didier,
You have a splendid composition and timing here. Very beautiful and interesting.Lively colors, great framing and exposure control. Well done. TFS

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-11-03 3:59]

Bonjour mon ami,
Après 3 semaines de folie pour mes nouveaux travaux de rénovation, je découvre ce beau cliché que vous avez bien fait de sortir des archives. Comme d'habitude c'est excellent. J'aurais peut-être effacé le point orange à gauche...
Compliments sincères Didier.

bonjour didier
je ne donne pas cher de la peau de ce criquet!!
c'est vraiment un photo magnifique,le fond noir ajoute une ambiance pesante sur la scene.

The macro is splendid..
Excellent sharpness and expression..

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  • nimou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 148 W: 1 N: 687] (3171)
  • [2006-11-03 16:06]

uffffffff super docuemnt didier, a favorites. Salut

Hello Didier,
Qu'elle capure extraordinaire! Les 2 insectes sont superbement focusés dans une excellente prise de vue et composition, wow! Vous étiez au bon endroit au bon moment, bravo!

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-11-05 21:16]

Hello Didier

A beautiful photograph.The details are razor sharp.Excellent use of lighting.The picture tells a story.Well composed.TFS


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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-11-06 8:48]

Bonjour Didier,
a very deciving shot looks very playful, but yet will end with murder ;-). Excellent composition, almost like an drama on stage. Great stage lighting and a wonderful colors and details.

Hi, Didier.
Great episode og gangster's lunch! Excellent composition and POV. Very interesting.

Hi dider,
Excellent shot, off late i have started experimrnting with backlit subjects and i'm amazed at the results, its fast becoming one of my favorite lighting.

The ligthing here is perfect, the details are amazing, i liked the dof a lot and the composition too.its easy to get carried away and shoot the entire subject, but you have done well to get this POV
Goutham R

Nicely done Didier.
And what a great scene/title you have so well captured.
Very good POV, sharp detail, and nice colors..Well seen from the BG as well :)
Have a Great Day mf!

Salut Sky
Elle est superbe cette prise de vue avec ce beau macro,les couleurs et la présentation les détails tout est joli. Je crois que cette saterelle est dans le trouble
Bravo et merci....JP
Les sourires demain

Brrrrr - what a scary shot!
Hi Didier, this moment is wonderful - and how big this mantis is - what a shot, I love it, can't be done better, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Bonsoir Didier,
superbe cette scene, les couleurs sont très bonnes est l'arrière plan sombre faist bien ressortir les insectes!
Bonnes fêtes,

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-01-07 12:40]

Vraiment une excellente photo Didier, j'adore le fond foncé qui fait ressortir les protagonistes ! Bravo et merci !


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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2007-01-29 20:31]

Superbe et interessante composition.

Bonjour Didier,
Bien que l'illumination soit difficile en ce moment, j'aime l'angle qui a la lumière, la situation incroyable, est recueillie en outre au moment juste. Peut-il être dit qu'est-il une "bonne capture" eh ?

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2007-02-03 15:02]

Hello Didier , What a fantastic shot realy great capture great details compositie colours very good bg ,tfs Greetings teunie .

Hi didier ,
excellent image with great details.
very nice colours.
great light , sharpness and compostion.
excellent work.
thanks for sharing

Wow Didier, great monster poor grasshoper food for this great mantid, amazing shoot action, wonderful, ciao Silvio

Merci de partager ce genre de merveilles,

Hello Didier.

Excellent picture, nice composition and colors.

Jose Luis.

Great shot! The eyes of the mantis makes it look alien!

Super catch! The backlighting really enhanes the image as a double bonus not to mention the excitement this picture is about to reveal. Very nice composition. Well done Didier. :)

Great shot!!!!!!!!

Bonsoir Didier,
Merci pour partager cette photo merveilleuse!!!
Merci et aurevoir.

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