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Nice to see you again

Nice to see you again
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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: 2008-10-06
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D80, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/16, 1/50 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): portfolio of a killer [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-10-06 7:30
Viewed: 3997
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This season I was wondering what happened to Mantids as not even a single specimen I saw till i found this one. This was a medium size mantis resting on a small plant waiting for the insects. Now the season of Mantids has started and I am all geared up to shoot this alien looking insect which offers excellent photography opportunities to macro photographers.

I took almost 60 shots of this mantis and observed it for a couple of hours till i was satisfied and my eye started to give me trouble as i was looking through the viewfinder but i really enjjoyed it.

I will be posting some mantids pose which i have never seen earlier. During these couple of hours i saw the mantis observing, camaflouging, killing and eating too.

The composition is as it was taken, the image has been framed and resizes for the final presentation. The shot has been taken with Nikon D 80 alnog with Sigma 70/300 apo dg macro lens. Tripod was used.

Your critiques and comments are most welcome.

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Hi My friend Pankaj,

An expertly taken macro capture of a mantis from an frontal POV with great clarity, details and sharpness.
Have a nice day and TFS this fine image my friend!


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-10-06 8:03]

Nice to see you too!
Hello Pankaj,
Great capture of a Praying Mantis with excellent sharpness in this fine uncropped image that has been skillfully composed. I like the pose and POV too.
TFS this beauty,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-10-06 8:04]

Hello Pankaj,
What an amazing macro. The eye-contact, frontal POV is really perfect. Superb clear and contrasting colours against the dark BG. Very sharp. Great DOF and composition.

Hello Pankaj,

Superb capture of this Mantis. I love these insects, unfortunately I have not had the opportunity to see a lot of them. Very good POV, DOF and sharpness. Excellent light and colours.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-10-06 10:49]

Hi Pankaj,

It's nice to see a Mantis from you again - I loved the ones you posted in the past. This is as wonderful as the others - you always manage to get them to stare at the camera. The shape of the face and the features are excellent. The pose is marvelous showing him off very well. Beautiful lighting, colors, details and composition.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-10-06 12:06]

Hello Pankaj,
very beautiful mantis picture. I like the composition, the fine colours, the dark background.
Best regards

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2008-10-06 12:41]

Namaste Pankaj,
well selected framing and point of view. The dark background works well here, giving
a particular contrast to the face and the eyes. Focus is precise and in combination with
the great depth of field, it results in a largely sharp presentation of the mantis.
Best wishes, Peter

Hi Pankaj!

Great shot of this mantis- fantastic eye-to-eye contact, he looks like smiling;) Nice one.


There are some lyrics from a song with the "Moody Blues" which sound a bit like your title but probably have little to do with it and that shows me something...the groups song speaks of love for a woman....or perhaps friend it isn't clear, while your image tells a totally different story...I always enjoy these from you...and I agree with you..the close in images from you and missing Sumon....are again the best...

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-10-06 19:26]

Hello Pankaj,
Well observant to find it, then photograph it so splendidly. Fantastic work Pankaj, thank you.

Hello Pankaj,
Nice to see your posting of Mantis for a while!
I loved the pose of it with good lighting, sharpness, good colour and details
the dark bg really nice and makes the subject good outstanding

Wah, kya baat hai, Pankaj!
The guy is looking at you as if he was expecting you. So here is my best pose, Mr. Photographer!
A truly rocking image of this Mantid -- to use hep lingo.
With tripod in use, the focus is as best as it could be.
Looking forward to some more of these photogenic subjects.
Thanks and regards.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-10-07 1:46]

It is always so good to see these alien-like creatures.
Good shot Pankaj - he looks so inquisitive quite big too. You show him well, with the head nice and sharp. It is interesting to see his eyes looking at you.

nice shot Pankaj. Great colors, sharpness and composition

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-10-07 5:19]

Hello Pankaj,
Your Mantis seems to be a star, she knows exactely how to look for the photographer..and she seemed to enjoy it, 60 shots!! The composition is excellent with the diagonal dividing the green and the dark part of the picture and the excellent focus on the head of this special creature. Really well done.
Have a nice evening

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-10-07 11:48]

Hello Pankaj,

There are excelent colors in your photo as you have mastered very well the flash. The black spots in insect eye seem hypnotising the viewer.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-10-07 13:45]

Excellent shot, Pankaj!
Those eyes are so piercing!
Great composition and low-down POV.
Very sharp.
Brilliant work!

Well done,

Hi Pankaj. This is really good close framing of this alien looking mantis. I like the eye contact and stunning sharp details of the head. Very nice framing and well managed silenced background. Nice work and TFS. Regards. Jusni

Hi Pankaj,
Whwn you mentioned that you have just finished shooting mantis in one your comments on my pic, I wanted to see this ! This is an excellent POV! Rarely we see photographers go for these kind of compo!
Goutham R

Ciao Pankaj, good evening Mantis, I'm hapy to see you again, thanks to Pankay for your splendid portrait with fantastic details and excellent sharpness, superb macro, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Pankaj,

Superb potrait of mantis, excellent pose, eye contact, perfect focus, I love the contrast between greens and that dark background, perfect!


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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2008-10-09 3:39]

What a model and pose..
Spotting them is rally tough for common eyes..
Well captured with good DOF.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-10-09 17:07]

We can see the intelligence flowing through this mantid, Pankaj, which you captured with skills and love. It is superb, your pictures are sensational. This one, green on green, is amazing, and the look from the mantid is something very special. I wonder how it saw you from its world view? Thank you!


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-10-14 14:36]

Great close-up of the Mantis, very sharp and a great eye contact, very impressive, thanks my friend!


hello Pankaj

when i opened your image first thing i started to laugh
(when i laugh on a image it is that i love it),
what a superb shot of this wonderful eye-contact
with you of this insecte, WOW !



Namaste Pankaj,
I found your beautiful Mantis - it's a fantastic shot of this amazing insect.
I had the chance to see my first mantis this year, that's realy an Alien-insect!
Thanks for the shot
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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