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The Praying Mantid

The Praying Mantid
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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, 67mm UV
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/30 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): portfolio of a killer [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-09-28 7:51
Viewed: 3409
Points: 64
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Everytime when I post a mantis i think that this will be the last of this specimen but when i process the image i feel like sharing it.

Earlier I have always ignored this insect till i found this one and i could realise how interesting shooting a mantis could be.

I watched the movements of this insect for almost half an hour with the help of my zoom lens and realy enjoyed it. Some of the movements are like a karate expert warming up to have a fight.

i hope that my tn friends are not bored with my mantis pictures.

The details of praying mantis has been provided with my earlier posts of the same insect.

thanks for visiting.

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Hello Pankaj
It seem you really like to shoot them :o)
Perfect details,lighting and DOF,Welldone.

Good Luck

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-09-28 8:03]

Hello Pankaj,
an artistic picture of the Mantis with a peculiar composition. Besides that, focus and sharpness are excellent.
Best wishes, Peter

hi pankaj!
very nice macro with good
sharpness and i like the
dark background!
well done and tfs!

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-09-28 8:42]

Hello Pankaj, that's a beautiful image of the Mantis, with the dark background it stands out perfectly. Well done,


Hi Pankaj,
great shot of this mantis.
I like the composition with the dark background very much :)
Sharpness and focus are perfect. Nice POV, too.

TFS tatjana

hi pankaj
amazing specimen
the composition is original aand beautiful
colors and background are near perfection !!

aleks ;)
best wishes

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2007-09-28 9:33]

Wonderful photo!
Great composition and very beautiful combination of green and black

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-09-28 9:43]

Hi Pankaj,

Another beautiful and artistic presentation of the praying mantis. Marvelous position, colors, and details. The green against the black is striking. Beautiful composition once again.


Hi Pankaj,

This mantis is realy worth posting. I especially like the tones, green on the black background. Nothing disturbs the subject.

Did you do any post-treatment or did you get the shot as is ? In any case, great job !


friend Pankaj,
Great exposure and focus of this mantis!
perfect sharpness, natural colour and details
good bg too

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  • smitha Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
  • [2007-09-28 11:25]

Hello Pankaj,
No wonder you feel like sharing the shot after you process it. This is a fantastic picture. I really liked the way you have captured it with excellent clarity and details against a dark background. the POV and DOF are excellent.Great composition. Though your mantis picture looks too tempting for me to give it a try myself, I will have to overcome my fear first.
Thanks for the shot, Pankaj and have a nice weekend.

Hello pankaj, fantastic composition with wonderfull colors and sharpness, outstanding background and lighting,
very well done,

Hi Pankaj
Very nice pose and moment you've captured.
Excellent details and clean black BG makes it outstand out, well framed, too.
TFS and Regards,

Your pictures are alway so unbelievably clear and almost fixating. I find myself wishing for more..and bigger..It is just the kind of picture with little to no real frame, for on a medium dark wall...all alone with an indirect lighting. Great as usual my good friend.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-09-28 13:55]

Hola Pankaj,
excelente trabajo,
foco estupendo y buen pov y bg,

Ya publicaste una parecida, pero es tan buena que la volvemos a votar jeje

Abrazo Pankaj.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-09-28 17:14]

Hola Pankaj. Exelente Macro. Los colores suaves en verde lucen bellamente- la pose muy hermosa tambien. Saludos Luis52.

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  • tiklod Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 290 W: 74 N: 875] (3397)
  • [2007-09-28 17:27]

Hi Pankaj,
Amazing backgound effect and excellent details and light on this mantis. Great composition.


Hello Pankaj,
Good details and a fine dynamic composition!
The insect is captured from a good point of view, attractive colours...
Well done on the close-up work!
Pablo -

No more comments - only points.

Hi Pankaj,
A beatifully composed photo. Outstanding color against the dark BG. Very well captured and presented.


Hi Pankaj,
Yes it is a very nice subject to shoot. This is also well captured with a nice composition with fine details and POV. Nice use of flash. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Pankay, splendid mantid in prayng pose, excellent sharpness and elegant presentation , very well done, have a nice week end, ciao Silvio

Magnificent work of composition .It's very well-kept.

Best regards


Fantastic...that black bg is perfect again. Wonderful shot again! :)

Hi Pankaj.

The colours are fine and details sharp.
Thank you for this share.

jean paul

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-09-29 13:29]

Hi Pankaj


Excellent POV with superb lighting and focus.


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-09-29 20:30]

Pankaj, Not at all. Lovely even sometimes i really wonder behind the lens the way they behave. Sometimes i really feel I missed all these moments for such a long time. (Since I started taking the camera business seriously in the last 6-8months). Excellent shot. But the pity is I have not come across even one of them. Probably next week when i visit Haraprasan and Sumon. Coming to the picture. a. BG is superb. b. The frame showing the mantis and leaving the rest c. Macro shot TFS Ganesh

Hi Pankaj!
What a nice composition and beautiful "green-black" contrast :) Lovely DOF and POV, details are really great.
TFS and I am waiting for the next photo :)

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-10-01 3:02]

Hi Pankaj,
I like this praying mantis series of yours a lot. This one is again very nice. Dark background, pose you captured and the composition look very elegant. TFS
Best wishes,

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-10-01 10:26]

Hello Pankaj

The colours and contrast are super.The dark BG is a wonderful backdrop for this mantid.The lighting is well done.The POV and DOF are excellent.Great job.TFS

Brilliant picture sir..!!! :-)

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