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Put on your Dancing Shoes

Put on your Dancing Shoes
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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): Mantodea: Mantis, 80-89 Points I [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-12-22 5:39
Viewed: 3474
Points: 84
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is the time for celebration as the festive season is begining. When i looked at this mantis shot at my archives i felt it would be a good idea posting this one today. As the mood is for the clebrations and the party. I remembered the song by Cliff Richard "put on your dancing shoes and dance away your blues"

It has been a wonderful year 2007 here and has given me many lovely moments at Trek Nature, Thanks to the friends from all over the globe.

I wish all my dear TN friends and family a Merry Christmas.

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Hi Pankaj,
This as you said id a very suitable shot for the season of celebration. Very sharp and detailed with great POV and BG.
Well Done and Merry Christmas,
Nick :-)

Dear Pankaj
Excellent shot of this Mantis :o)
Perfect pose,exposure and use of flash,
Superb shot,Welldone.

Merry Christmas

Hello Pankaj

The title fits this exactly! Not only is he getting ready for a dance, he is looking for a partner!
Good sharp detail and good POV.

Merry Christmas to you too,
Bev :-)

Many thanks for your kind comments on 'Let's make a daisy chain'.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-12-22 6:10]

Hi Pankaji. This is an excellent macro shot.the detail is first class. good natural colours and good use of the light. you have captured a fine pose godd timing on your part. well done TFS.
A Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

It is a funny picture...and how nice of you to celebrate along...a keen title and yes I do know the song we...it has been covered by a number of artists...so for a suggestions.. A Christmas Story on DVD. Find a copy and think of me...

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-12-22 6:49]

Hello Pankaj,
What a funny pose! Yes, it looks like it would be dancing. Excellent and very artistic shot. Composition, sharpness and colours are just perfect. Thanks a lot also for your greetings. We wish you also only the best for 2008

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-12-22 6:49]

Hi Pankaj.
I am impressed with graceful pose of the mantis, your POV and ultimate DOF. Flash work is so superb as well as the colour and detail reproduction. Composition of the shot is spot on too. Bravo and my kind regards. My heart greetings. Merry Christmas and best wishes in coming New Year.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-12-22 7:05]

Thanks, Pankaj, and a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your family!

A festive season is a time to dance and your 'dancing' Praying Mantis is a very suitable post in this context. The technical qualities are superb, as is the composition on the piece of wood.
Well done and thanks for this one,

Hi Pankaj,
This is wonderful. Great effect with flash. The Mantis is in perfect focus and stands out nicely from the dark background. Yes, this guy is dancing. With all best wishes.
Merry Christmas.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2007-12-22 8:16]

Hi Pankaj,

This is really superb macro. Very expressive photo and the contrast - look at that dark background - is really nice.
My compliments.


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-12-22 9:17]

Hi Pankaj,
exceptional shot of this Mantis!
The pose is superb!
Great composition and POV.
Gorgeous colours and that trade-mark black BG of yours works exceptionally at making the subject stand out.
Sharp with great clarity.
Merry Christmas to you and your family!
Best wishes,

bonjour pankaj
j'ai pris beaucoup de retard dans mes commentaire et je m'en excuse.
j'aime beaucoup cette photo parce que l'insecte regarde vers l'objectif.
il est net et justement coloré.
bien vu.

Hi Pankaj,

Beautiful shot of this little green balletdancer
SUPERB compo, sharpnes, details, lighting,POV and pose

TFS Thijs

Hi Pankaj,
And Merry Christmas to you as well! A very wimpsical Mantis and he does look like hes boogying! ha ha Great shot.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-12-22 11:20]

Dear Pankaj
How much I like this picture with the funny pose of the Mantis! Fantastic POV with great details and a marvellous composition and presentation.
Another marvel of yours.
Thank you very much and Merry Christmas to you and yours too.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-12-22 11:59]

Hello Pankaj,
Perfect timing, with its incredible pose looking at you. Excellent sharpness and contrast against the dark BG. Amazing colours and composition.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-12-22 14:38]

Hola Pankaj,
perfecta macro color,
pov y bellos detalles y bg,
saludos amigo
Felicidades y buenos deseos para ti y tu familia.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-12-22 14:53]

Hi Pankaj,

Fantastic!! He really is dancing. An amazing shot with perfect lighting. Colors, details, composition all superb. I love it!


Hi Pankaj what a lovely pov and pose you captured and very well indeed, perfect dof and lighting with good contrast with background, have a Great Xmas best wishes Necip.

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  • Swats Silver Star Critiquer [C: 37 W: 0 N: 3] (151)
  • [2007-12-22 21:58]

Nice one Pankaj! The dark background it really working here. Wish you a Merry Christmas too.

Hi Pankaj,
Thankyou very much. A lovely capture of this mantis dancing. Very good composition with excellent details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-12-23 0:35]

Hi Pankaj,
Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to you.
Outstanding shot and hats off to you to have managed to convince him to pose for you in a dancing style. It is smiling too. magic moment freezed with great expertise. Great use of flash and the resultant black BG works wonders here. Very sharp image with nice green colour. Excellent POV and DOF. Very nicely composed too. Kudos.

Namaste Pankaj. Looks like someone has finally photographed an alien visitor.It didn't take you to its spaceship?Brilliant colours and PoV. Lovely light on the little beastie. Great pose- he must be a showoff. Regards. Klaudio.

Hi Pankaj,
excellent shot of this beautiful Mantis.
Exact focus and sharpness as usual for your pictures.
Merry Christmas

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-12-23 2:31]

Hi Pankaj, A Merry Christmas to you too! I am always surprised and facinated by the shots of this amazing insect and this shot is highly original - and a little weird - an amazing pov and wellcaptured with perfect pov and exposure, good light and colours and all looks great agains the dark background.

Hi Pankaj,
Great POV & pose, I like the creative title :)
The mantid really stands out in the frame, it's well composed with nice color and detail also..
Happy Holidays!

HI pankaj,

A lovely shot of this mantis , perfect BG with lovely BG makes this pic worth watching.

Tfs and happy Christmas


It is very funny how cute this killer looks in your photo.
The pose is very nice and the dark ambient makes a great atmosphere.
Thanks and best regards for you and your family too in this days,
Felipe & Cris.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-12-23 6:02]

Hi Pankaj,
POV, the pose you captured, focus, sharpness and lighting are very good. Well done and TFS
I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year :o)

ha ha ha He is dancing! I love it!!!!!!!!!!!!
Great shot...love the dark bg.
Wonderful pov and couldn't get a better pose!

HAPPY NEW YEAR AND MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hi Pajkan!
Lovely dancing larva! And a very funny title! As always to made a very good work. I like not only pose of this mantis (eye contact and really dancing steps! :>) but also a contrast between insect and black BG.
Best greetings and Merry Christmas!

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  • RP1 Gold Star Critiquer [C: 154 W: 1 N: 6] (251)
  • [2007-12-23 20:32]

Hi Pankaj,
I like your picture. Very impressive nice scene . Amazing pose, pleasant colour and perfect details.
My compliments and kind regards.

hi pankaj!
An amazing animal this!
nice with the spotlight and
with a good sharpness
well done!

Hello Pankaj,
This one surely looks ready for the dance floor. :)
Excellent timing with good POV, DOF , sharpness and details. Good use of flash. Liked the black background which really gives it an appearance of standing in spotlight ready to dance.Thanks for this lovely shot,
Thanks for the greetings and Merry Xmas to you and your family too.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-12-25 6:57]

Hello Pankaj ! Merry Christmas to you ! Great shot as it is an habit with you ! :-) Perfectly photographed moment, everything in it is great ! Well done, thanks !


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-12-25 23:37]

Hello Pankaj,
I love this shot.
The pose of the mantis is just fantastic.
And he even turned his head toward you to acknowledge your admiration. : )
The flash does the great job of highlighting the fine details and beautiful colors.
A very striking image, for sure.
Wishing you and your family a very happy and healthy 2008!

Hello Pankaj,
An amazing pose has been captured, great details!
The fine light and accurate DOF makes the insect really stand out, a strange pose just like he is looking over the shoulder!
Pablo -

Hello Pankaj.

Fantastic view, Nice Mantis composed
Merry Christmas.

Jose Luis.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-12-28 6:43]

Hello Pankaj,
I'm sorry but I've overlooked your wonderful Christmas greeting! Many thanks!! What a fitting capture for the occasion and the quality is outstanding!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hi Pankaj,
a very cute and charming, technically brilliant insect portrait. Thank you! Returning all my best wishes to you - Happy New Year!
With best regards,

It was a "real" pleasure meeting you.

Have gone through a lot of your work on TN.

Would love to make some slidecasts with some of your images;
they are of OUTSTANDING quality.

Mario from COLD COLD Calgary.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-01-02 11:05]

Hello Pankaj

A wonderful sharp image with excellent focus.
The lighting and contrast is very well done.
The colours are vivid,and this dancing mantid jumps off the screen.
A well composed shot.
Nicely done.


Hello Pankaj

Fantastic photo, really suits the title.
Like you, I, will show my age and admit that I remember that Cliff Richard song.
Really great photo, with great sharpness and clarity.
Thanks for sharing.



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