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Look in to my eyes

Look in to my eyes
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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: 2007-11-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D80, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/16, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): portfolio of a killer [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-12-05 2:35
Viewed: 3593
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is the second shot of this specimen, What i liked the most about this picture was the frontal pov and the eye contact. the mantis was looking straight into the lens and was changing gestures as per my movements.

I would have preferred avoiding the green patch of some leaf on the left top of the picture.

this shot has been taken with sigma 70/300 handheld, raw to jpeg, resizing and framing done.

red45, Argus, jcoowanitwong, Juyona, marhowie, SelenE, eqshannon, haraprasan, gracious, earthtraveler, pablominto, Necipp, cecilia, MMM, jrobertop has marked this note useful
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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2007-12-05 2:42]

Hello Pankaj!

Excellent face to face macro shot. I like POV most, but also pose and quality are very good. Green/black colours and big black frame made your picture perfect.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-12-05 3:14]

Hello Pankaj,
Nice frontal macro of a Praying Mantis that looks almost hypnotic. The eyes are well illuminated by the plash and the head and front legs are razor sharp in this pleasing composition.
Well done and TFS!
Best wishes, Ivan

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-12-05 3:35]

Hi Pankaj,
excellent overall look and presentation here, but your POV and DOF are just superb. Excellent clarity and wonderful dark lighting that adds to the overall effect...should be in a journal or magazine of some kind in my opinion. Awesome.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-12-05 4:34]

Hello Pankaj, great macro my friend ! It's difficult not to look in its eyes ! So sharp and well composed, the details are incredible and the dark BG is beautiful. Thanks,


Hi Pankaj,
A brilliant image. Never see a Mantis at this pov before. The face of this Mantsi stands out nicely from the dark-blurred background. Very well done and TFS.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-12-05 4:50]

Hola Pankaj,
preciosa macro,
definición y original pov,

Cool POV, dynamic image Pankaj.
Excellent DOF, with all the attention where you want it :)
Nice & sharp, love the BG and overall comp.
Very well done!

Hello Pankaj,

Very nice sharp close up of this mantis. Nice lighting and colours.
Well done,

Hi Pankaj,
This is a marvelous POV giving an interesting symetry to the Mantis image. Fine composition. I would have prefered a bit larger DOF to include the other legs and wings in focus.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-12-05 6:53]

Hi Pankaj,
POV is very impressive, his glance is hypnotizing... I liked the pose you captured a lot. Well done and TFS
Best wishes,

I used a quote from a Swami today Pankaj...I wonder if that term as a title is also perhaps from similar. Or is it from a Slavic background. I shall have to see...perhaps from Mesmer...from French..I forget the word...
A front on shot with your clear eyes of youth. I say youth because in my 60's I developed cataracts...so had to have them "fixed" Now my eyes contain plastic ...very bionic of me..but I see clearly! A good shot with good natural colours and the angle is a pleasant and informative one...all the rest is very much Pankaj imaging...

Hi Pankaj,
A very beautiful capture of this mantis from front view. Very good details and composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hello Pankaj,
This is what I call super macro!
best dof with total sharpness, vivid colour and so much details in the shot!
very well done and composed

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2007-12-05 8:37]

another first class pic in your beautifull collection,thanks for share again,have a nice day,Luciano

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-12-05 8:49]

Hello Pankaj,
What a perfect light and focus on the head. Incredible sharp. Amazing DOF. High class!

excellent !
nothing to add :))

Buffff ... espectacular por la pose, que es magnífica. Un buen control de la iluminación. Bellos colores y contrastes y además muy bien presentada. Enhorabuena !!!

Un abrazo Pankaj: J. Ignasi

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-12-05 13:38]

Hi Pankaj, this is certainly different! These insects are visually amazing, they look different in every pov. I must see if I can find one near me in the UK in a collection. They are stunning models and so inspiring. This shot has great focus, detail and sharpness, light and colour is also good. Wonderful all round.

Hello Pankaj,
Good point of view and a fantastic capture!
Excellent macro work, fine details and attractive colours...
Dynamic, well balanced composition!
Pablo -

Hello Pankaj this is a sharp well focused shot, I really like the quality, good dof and a fine composition tfs rgds Necip.

This is brilliant - sharp and blurred in all the right places.
Excellent composition and lighting work, well done Pankaj.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-12-05 20:04]

Hello Pankaj
Excellent portriat of that insec.Very sharp image whit great details.The light is outstanding.
TFS Michel

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-12-05 23:21]

Hi Pankaj

Superb shot - excellent selective focus gives the mantis a menacing aspect. Wonderful lighting and colour saturation.


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  • Swats Silver Star Critiquer [C: 37 W: 0 N: 3] (151)
  • [2007-12-06 2:15]

Fanatstic macro capture Pankaj! The eyes look awesome! Nice composition and details.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-12-06 6:58]

Hello Pankaj

Excellent POV and great eye contact.
The focus is sharp with lovely details.
Your dark BG is wonderful and the lighting and colours are well done.
Nicely done

Hi Pankaj,
Wow! A marvellous observant!
Magnificent POV and excellent details.
Great sharpness and chromatism.
Very well done!
José Roberto

Hi Pankaj!
Nice eye-contact and great close-up in one! Details, sharpness and DOF are really very good. I like especially flash control!
All the best from Lodz,

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