End of the story
- bahadir (723)
- [2008-10-14 20:42]
A great collage Pankaj. Like a movie. Very educative shots and superb notes on this image.
TFS this great contribution to us.
- iris (3088)
- [2008-10-14 20:57]
I have been waiting for this .....wondering when you would post the rest of it as it happened....Luck favoured you indeed but more than that you made a wonderful effort to present this in a very documentative yet interesting manner. The drama as it unfolds get nastier but as you rightly said that's nature....superb PoV showing excellent details, fine lighting and commentable efforts to present these "unforgettable moments" in collage. I love your narrative of the scenes.Scenes one, two, six, seven and nine are very well crafted.
Thanks for sharing this wonderful piece of work and i am proud to take this and show off in my "Unforgettable" theme.
P.S:-Good Luck with those mating -post mating shots:)
- nagraj (15166)
- [2008-10-14 21:24]
excellent work, yes, its all waiting game for you and the mantis. rich rewards, no doubt. good collage, wish you have got that moment of grabing the dragonfly by the mantis. tfs.
- ramthakur (55993)
- [2008-10-14 21:27]
A story well told through continuous images, Pankaj.
All the images are very well captured and leave nothing to imagination.
You were indeed fortunate to be on the spot to record the entire sequence.
In terms of documentation, this is a priceless collage for which the TN community will remain grateful to you.
I wish you all the best in your quest for the ultimate documentation -- the female Mantis eating up the male after mating. In fact, if you come across this event, film it if you have a video recording option on your DSLR.
- MartinL (0)
- [2008-10-14 21:31]
You were in the THE spot and used the situation perfectly. What an awesome scene to capture. Amazing - thanks for sharing. Great photography and great story. TFS!
- Heaven (7912)
- [2008-10-14 21:42]
Your collage is fine, don't worry, and exceeds all expectations concerning its content. You tell and show us a dramatic story where the technical aspect becomes secondary. Moreover, if the collage could be done in a different way, the pictures are of high quality, and finally that's important. It's a fascinating and very instructive posting!
- jaycee (25460)
- [2008-10-14 22:11]
I was waiting for your follow-up but never expected anything like this. This collage is even better than a video because we can spend time examining each picture. Each shot is action packed with fine details and lovely colors. I'm not sure I could have watched what was happening to the dragonfly as it took place. Thank you for recording this natural event for us. You did a superb job.
- Gert-Paassen (24509)
- [2008-10-15 0:17]
an exellent compilation from this Mantis and his prey.
I really like it.
- boreocypriensis (9571)
- [2008-10-15 0:30]
Hi My Friend Pankaj, Good Morning!
What a great collage showing the feeding behaviour of a praying mantis. Each image is sharp and well presented. Impressive in both educational and also scientific documentation.
Thanks for sharing this great compound image. Of course it is going to my favorites.
Have a great day!
- mariki (9477)
- [2008-10-15 1:45]
Very nice good picture series. Excellent sharpness, light and colours. I wonder how long a mantis can live without feeding. I know that is quite long for spiders but for mantis I have no idea. I have to look for it.
Very well done,
- gannu (14759)
- [2008-10-15 2:49]
Panakj, vignesh kept asking me whether you had the what happened next. This is superb. NO need to have skills and the picture is enough for the story. I read in one of our TN friend 'Bill Houghton" web page " God Creates the picture, I only snap the shutter". Superb one and sometimes I also feel to go in an unknown place with 10GB card and just click click clik. Well done again
- oanaotilia (3416)
- [2008-10-15 3:20]
I was expecting that the mantis eat the dragonfly, but I was not expected that the dragonfly to be so "stupid" to return on mantis neck.
Very good collage and congratulations for your patience.
- siggi (52850)
- [2008-10-15 3:23]
Great colage of these perfect captures of a beautiful mantis on dragonflies in fine compositions.
Best regards Siggi
- thor68 (5674)
- [2008-10-15 3:55]
the already anxiously awaited follow-up. such an amazing collage! :-) waiting pays off sometimes, in this case for you and for the
mantis. wonderful shots - each photo would have deserved a presentation on its own. superb job & best wishes, thor.
- aes_thor (2489)
- [2008-10-15 4:12]
I was waiting for the next parts after Your first post. Collage looks good, photos are great. Thanks a lot for sharing. Real natural behaviour of carnivorous mantis. Eat or be eaten;) this is real nature.
- Argus (50614)
- [2008-10-15 9:51]
A fanstastic sequence, well presented and told.
A great bit of photography and PP work and fine story about insect behaviour, of the dragonfly and of the mantis.
Well done and thanks for shring this fine contribution.
All the best,
- PaulH (13882)
- [2008-10-15 10:37]
i just saw your previous post and yes, this is how i guessed it would end! What a fantastic scene you cuaght here, and you really did it justice too. Each shot is sharp and well exposed with a very good DOF - a great contribution to TN, well done!
- crs (3551)
- [2008-10-15 11:02]
Very fine colage you have made showing this ferocious predator. Photos are sharp showing well the feeding process. There are very fine colors in all your photos rendering well the insects.
Thank you for sharing,
- Alex99 (23735)
- [2008-10-15 11:31]
Breathtaking story and fantastic collage. Simply great series and unbelievable timing. My congratulations. It is rare work. Bravo.
- nglen (36145)
- [2008-10-15 11:34]
Hi Pankaj, I have been waiting to see the end pictures and its been worth waiting. You have done such a fine job with the set of picture. Each one so good on its own but all put together is spot on. very well done TFS.
- joey (24909)
- [2008-10-15 13:20]
I was right! :-)))
This is fantastic, Pankaj.
It shows the event really well.
Each shot is impeccable.
Very well done,
p.s this is into my favs!
- lousat (62981)
- [2008-10-15 14:30]
Hi Pankaj,i must say thanks for this wonderful,perfect and interesting serie.A great professional work,i tought at how many pics and how many time you spend to create this fantastic collage,2 points are not enough,thanks a lot again for share,have a nice day,Luciano
- horia (16656)
- [2008-10-15 14:45]
A splendid collage and story!
This is indeed what happens in the natural world and you shouldn't be sorry for the dragonfly not even a bit. I like to look at it this way: the mantis chose to be less beautiful in shape and in colors but more successful in hunting :)
Anyway, your shots are all impeccable and show the process superbly and with many details. Your notes here are also on the top and complete this amazing story you have witnessed. My compliments, once more!
Bravo and TFS
- Mana (18578)
- [2008-10-15 22:38]
This is by far the most creative and detailed collage I have come across and you have captured each and every happening so impressively. Hats off to your skill and perseverance. I can almost visualise the entire drama by looking at your images. Simply outstanding. I can expect nothing less than this - you set such high standards.
TFS this superb collage.
*The festive mood and hangover is still very much on my mind, I will post something very soon. In the meantime I am enjoying looking at everyones images.
- gondox (1585)
- [2008-10-16 4:33]
It's very interesting and also a bit hard to see this at the same time, I understand what you felt there I think. Still it was much worth capturing as it's not everyday to see a complete action like this. I think your collage ended up very well, my only suggestion for the next time is maybe you should try putting the pics in a line (like 1 or 2 rows), making it a panoramic format available for large posting. It would be interesting to see these wonderful frames in bigger format. But it's just an idea.
TFS this wonderful action,
- Silvio2006 (100548)
- [2008-10-16 6:13]
OH Pankaj, splendid collagewith fantastic action, poor dragonfly, very well done, ciao Silvio
- adilakbar (590)
- [2008-10-16 12:18]
Namskar Pankaj ji Excellent job. Amazing sequences and you had good time watching it happen live. Lucky you :)
Regards - Adil.
- pilonm (3317)
- [2008-10-16 14:14]
WOW!!! What a wonderful description!!! I'm very impressed by this sequence!!!
What a fool dragonfly: her mother never told him to not land on a mantis!!!
Those images are excellent and describe vey well the mantid behavior and patience!
Congratulations for having see that and get the patience to capture the scenes on pixels!
A big THANK YOU for sharing this amazing sequence!
- clnaef (6814)
- [2008-10-16 22:47]
Belle série criminelle ! Bon réflexe !
- uleko (10940)
- [2008-10-19 7:45]
Sorry I missed the end of the story! At first I wondered how it managed to grab the dragonfly off its back but, as you say, they often return to the same place and I expect the Mantis was prepared this time! This is a great presentation showing the whole event very nicely! Lovely details and colours!
Many thanks and cheers, Ulla
- inked (771)
- [2008-10-19 23:52]
wow great stuff.. unlucky spot for the dragonfly to choose as a perch. fantastic series, nice work. tfs
- Evelynn (14454)
- [2008-10-20 14:21]
Your collage looks good to me. It is an interesting collection of very sharp images. We have an expression.."to look at the world through rose colored glasses" That's what I do because nature can be pretty cruel. It can be summed up in the word, "survival".
Thanks for the effort you put into this.
Evelynn : )
- Wolfpower (1075)
- [2008-10-26 14:34]
What an impressive and dramatic story you have told and presented.
The life and death struggle that is nature.Imagine how many times a day this story unfolds somewhere on the planet.
Wonderful POV and DOF.
The sharpness and details are excellent.
Very good contrast and colours.
Great piece of storytelling.
- cataclysta (5666)
- [2008-11-01 1:32]
The rest of the story is also interesting and presentad on great highquality photograps. Very good job I added this image to my theme - Mantids with unusual and big prey.
- wishnugaruda (19361)
- [2009-01-04 2:29]
wow - that is a spectacular serie ...
I love to see what's going on - and I also like to see the difference of the size between the mantis and the dragon.
Amazing shots, very well done, thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda
Bye the way - thanks for your theme - collages - mine are also there, a beautiful collection of all collages on TN ;-)