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Green Nipper.

Green  Nipper.
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Copyright: Matthew Bird (Matt-Bird) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 303 W: 33 N: 400] (1942)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D70S, Tamron SP AF180mm F/3.5 DI MACRO 1:1, Kenko Teleplus Pro 300 DG 2.0X
Exposure: f/16, 1/60 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-06-22 20:51
Viewed: 5238
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a tiny baby mantid. Where I took this photo a little over a week ago there were alot of them, I would say I saw about 30 or more with in 2 hours. All of them were about 1.5 centimetres long. I got alot of shots of these little ones but many were blurred or slightly out of focus. Some ran away as soon as I set up or shortly after my first shot was taken. Most ran an hide under the plant or flower they were on, making it near impossible to photograph. I did get one shot of another under a flower, I might post it later.

However, I got this one and it was cooperative for a short time. In postprocessing I had to reduce the saturation of the greens on the mantid as it was so over powering. Even after reducing the saturation in PS it looks like the greens were actually increased on its body.

Ken52, Alex99, delic, jcoowanitwong, lawhill, vanderschelden, ramthakur, anel, oscarromulus, marhowie, Tamrock, Christian76, Proframe has marked this note useful
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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-06-22 21:12]

Hola Matthew. Bella tu foto de esta Mantis. hermosos sus colores y gran nitidez. Saludos Luis52.

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  • Krima Gold Star Critiquer [C: 60 W: 5 N: 7] (8)
  • [2007-06-22 21:29]

Awesome close up!
My best regards,

hi mattew,
very nice macro shot, well saturated colours, nicely composed shot, framing adds to the look of the poct, nice lighting,
tfs & regards

  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-06-23 0:04]

Nice macro. This insect can be so photogentic. Very nice lighting. You captured the lime green color well. I like the pose of insect. You have good DOF and a very pleasing blurred background with a wonderful color. Focus is excellent. It's just right ...you can tell by the antenna.

Good macro matt

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-06-23 5:13]

Hi Matthew,
Awesome shot of this baby Mantid. Lovely colours and immaculate sharpness. Superb use of flash here and the smooth BG enhances the beauty of the Mantid. Excellent POV to portray it and a precise DOF. I like its confident pose very much. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

bonjour matthew
a voir la photo on ne dirait pas qu'il s'agit d'un petit et qu'il a cette taille!
excellent sur tous les point et même la netteté.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-06-23 5:54]

Hi Matthew.
You have applied a great equipment for macro shooting and have created an extraordinary shot. Bravo. I like the pictured subject so much. It is perfect. Lighting, POV and DOF are great as well as the sharpness and details of the flower and mantis. BG is terrific too. Superb refined work. My compliments and TFS.

very good POV, i like the contrast of the green with the BG, good composition

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-06-23 7:30]

Hello Matt,
Terrific macro work in this high-contrast capture. You are right about calling the saturated green overpowering but I don't find it detracting. Sharpness and eye contact are great. Excellent job! Regards,

Hi Matthew,
Beautiful macro shot on baby mantid. Perfect sharpness with vivid colors. POV and composition are great. TFS this masterpiece.

Hi Mattew, splendid macro of beutiful mantid with wonderful details, great composition with excellent sharpness, very well done, have a nice week end, ciao Silvio

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-06-23 12:53]

Hello Matthew

Not often I think of baby insects as cute...but this one is.The lighting is very good and the colours are well saturated and vivid.The DOF and POV is excellent with spot on focus and sharp detail.The OOF BG has a nice bokeh to it.TFS


Superbe macro, quels détails, et bestiole particulière.

Hello Mattew,
Beautiful portrait with this two
subjets soo colorful, great composition
nice green mantid, first time see that one,
TFS. Best regards/Lawhill

Hi Matthew,
This is a very vibrant macro of this spectacular mantid the electric green on this insect has such an impact on the visual senses. Super catch. :)

Hi Matthew,
A special world...
Perching, fantastic BG and vivid green subject are outstanding.
Well done

I had the notion Mantids were not all that small, Matt.
This is a wonderful capture of this juvenile posing atop the flower.
The shot is well composed and the BG in this shot too is well suited to the subject.
Thanks and take care.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-06-25 2:13]

Hello Matthew,
It's funny to imagine baby-mantids runnung all over the plants. This shot is excellent, you caught the strange creature in a very nice pose and the warm colours of the plant and the background help to bring out the shape of the mantis well. Well seen, nice encounter.
Best regards

I used to play with these fellows when still a child in Goa, India.
This is truely a BEAUTY.
Very well presented.
Very well composed too.
Greetings from Canada from Mario.

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  • khfung (50)
  • [2007-06-26 3:38]

Hi Metthew,
Wonderful photo with interesting subject, excellent color, composition and details.
Thanks for sharing.
Best regards,


A super macro shot - shame we don't have these critters in the UK. I really like the composition and the contrast between the insect and the dark background.

Best Regards


Hi Matt,
This is an excellent composition and POV, I like it. Well saturated with excellent use of fill flash to bring out the detail. Great DOF & well seen from the darker BG also. Very well done.

hi matthew!
very good macro with
fine pov and dof,
really sharp and a nice
well done!

Hi Matthew,

The colors do look pretty saturated on my Mac monitor. I'm not sure just what the true colors should be though. It is really wonderful work: great simple composition, wonderful presentation of the subject and super sharpness.

Evelynn : )

Belle photo, avec une bonne profondeur de champ, et de belles couleurs.
Je met cette photo dans mes favorites

Beautiful photograph, with a good color and depth of field, beautiful.
I put this photograph in my favorite

Hi Matthew,
Has been a while ago since you did upload this great beauty, but I've missed it.
Superb image of the baby mantis and the way it's green colors do stand out against the wonderful soft color tones in the background and the beautiful red and orange colors of the flower is awsome.
Technically flawless image with perfect sharpness, DOF an lighting.
A real joy to look at.
Thanks for sharing.
Best regards,

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