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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/18.0, 1/160 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): portfolio of a killer [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-01-25 2:16
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Points: 57
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
It has been a tough time getting in touch with TN, I got back from a business trip of eight days and I am glad to share this space with my fellow tn friends who were missed a lot in last couple of weeks.

This is frontal closeup shot of The Praying Mantis who is looking straight to the lens of the camera.

we are going to celebrate Republic Day on 26th of January and its a holiday here and I hope to shoot my first picture of 2008.

The Constitution of India came into force, and India declared itself as a "Republic" on January 26, 1950, a date thereafter celebrated annually as Republic Day in India. (source : wikipedia)

cataclysta, haraprasan, Juyona, mariki, uleko, eqshannon, earthtraveler, Jamesp, jaycee, Alex99, Argus, MMM, ramthakur, TAZ, pablominto has marked this note useful
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Hi Pankaj
I like black background and scary moment. Your shot is also nicely composed. Unusual but very interesting note. Unfortunately there are big problems with sharpness here and it is spoiling very nice image
Best wishes

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-01-25 2:40]

Hi Pankaj,welcome back and thanks for this very nice pic (your choice of black background are beautifull),have a nice day,Luciano

Hi Pankaj,
Welcome back. Hope to see more from you regularly. A nice concept here with good composition. But the sharpness is some sort little off. Anyway Happy Republic Day. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2008-01-25 3:20]

Hi Pankahj, welcome back and a fine portrait with awesome pov of the Praying Mantis. I have to say I love shots of these very interesting insects, they look so different in many different views. This head on shot is dramatic and strong, works very well against the dark background. Great focus, sharp details and good colour range.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-01-25 3:43]

Hola Pankaj,
buen pov,
excelente macro y perfecto bg.
ligero desenfoque y ruido,
saludos amigo.

Hello Pankaj,

Very nice picture of this mantis. Good sharpness and good contrast against the black background. Very nice natural colours.
Welcome back and I wish you a good holiday and to have time to take pictures tomorrow.

Hi Pankaj,
Goof capture with contrasting colors - working very well over the black BG. Well done! Cheers, Klaus

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-01-25 5:30]

Hello Pankaj,
Nice to see you popping up again! I expect you're feeling a bit like this blurry-eyed Mantis after your business trip! ;-) I like its pose and the green colours stand out nicely against the black background. Nice composition!
TFS and regards, Ulla

I saw this movie:-) So glad you have returned to bring your special kind of joy in images Pankaj..Only 8 days and it seems as though it was much longer.

A fine image..You have quite the affinity for these creatures...Very nicely done of course...I like how it sticks out from the dark background as if it were alive right now on my screen.

Hi Pankaj,
Good to have you back here with us photo fanatics.:-) You acheived a fine point of view here to look this mantis in the face. There is some good detail seen though greater DOF would benifit. The flash gave you a dramatic lighting with the black background which is very nice. Enjoy your holiday!

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-01-25 8:56]

Hi Pankaj

Great shot - really good colour and lighting - the detail is quite good on my screen.


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-01-25 9:07]

Hi Pankaj,

Nice to see you posting again - welcome home. This mantis certainly is staring into the camera. He looks great against the green background. Happy Holiday!


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-01-25 9:16]

Hi Pankaj.
My congratulations on Republic day to you and other out Indian TN members.
I am glad to see you here with new picture. Close-up is really very interesting. Its subject is so attractive. I think sharpness is OK. May be DOF is shallow a bit despite the small aperture value. May be you were too closely to the subject. My best wishes and TFS.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-01-25 9:43]

Hello Pankaj,
This would have been a superb capture of a Praying mantis if you had focused on the head instead of the thorax, which means that you have lost the advantage of the small aperture as the thorax is sharp.
Otherwise this image is well composed and the slight softness of the head gives it a mystical feeling.
Great that you could find time to be on Tn in your busy life,

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-01-25 9:48]

Nice to see you back Pankaj... I have missed your fabulous photos :)
This is a striking image of this Praying Mantis!
Excellent frontal POV and a good composition.
Superb sharpness.
Well done,

Hello Pankaj,
very nice to see your posting once again with this beautiful Manits!
good pov with the head on pose in good clarity, colour and details
well done
have a wonderful weekend!

Hi Pankaj,
Happy to see you. Magnifique, très détaillé avec de belles couleurs et un beau Bg qui met le tout en valeur.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-01-25 15:29]

Hello Pankaj
Great closed up and portrait.Sharp image whit fantastic details.
TFS Michel

Hi Pankaj, best wishes for your Republic day, thanks for this amazing portrait of a splendid mantis with wonderful details and excellent sharpness, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

What a face! I love it! ha ha Great close-up - wonderful lighting...this guy looks like an alien. What a diverse planet we live on!

Hi Pankaj,

HA! what a funny photo , this guy looks like an alien!
What a great shot! Glad your back! TFS

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-01-27 2:51]

Hello Pankaj,
The photo as a whole looks brilliant. The contrasting clear colours are fabulous. The pose and POV are perfect and the sharpness is excellent. Very good composition.

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2008-01-27 6:42]

Great portrait shot Pankai , fantastic compositie colours details bg and framing ,good job ,Greetings Teunie .

Thanks for your detailed critique on my Bee Eater picture, Pankaj.
Coming to your shot of the Praying Mantis, the POV is excellent here. The insect looks you directly in the eye as it holds on to its perch on a stump with apparent self-confidence. The colours are natural despite the use of fill flash which is rather strongly reflected on the eyes of the subject.
Happy shooting in the new year!

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2008-01-30 9:39]

Hello Pankaj,
Wow ! You have an impressive gallery, but I was attracked by this beautiful photo !
The "+++" : composition, nice subject and good pose, POV, sharpness, DOF, contrast on dark BG, instructive complementary note...
The "-" : nothing...
Good camera work and thanks for sharing,

eeeek! A scary Mantis...this is a nice close up for sure. It looks like there is something wrong with the pupil in eye. The dark background enhances the Mantis so well. Nicely composed.
TFS Janice :D

Hello Pankaj,
A fine pose and a funny capture!
For some reason the insect looks like a happy fellow, smile to the world and the world will smile to you!
Good colour reproduction and sharp fine details!
Pablo -

:-) OK-

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-02-07 5:22]

Hello Pankaj, very nice macro again, well composed and great technique, thanks!


bonjour pankaj
la tête semble un peu moins nette que le haut du corps mais je trouve ce portrait agreable a l'oeil.
les couleurs sont naturelles et la mante se detache bien sur ce BG noir.

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