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Allien Trailer
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Copyright: Nicolas Moulin (nimou) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 148 W: 1 N: 687] (3171)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Kodak DX6490, Raynox DCR250
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-09-22 10:09
Viewed: 6836
Favorites: 4 [view]
Points: 65
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Datos de las fotos : camara Kodak DX6490 con Raynox DCR250. Flash Difusor Casero con doble Polispan. Final de tarde 20h30, en las viñas de Almoster (Tarragona) en un macizo de romero.

Although adult Empusid Mantids are only slightly smaller than the Praying Mantis Mantis religiosa they tend to tackle smaller prey and the females do not kill their mates when pairing. However, the adult mantis shown above was observed and filmed on three consecutive days near Cantobre in the South of France lying in wait on the same thistle and stalking its prey. During this period three butterflies were taken, two Chalkhill Blues Lysandra coridon and a Silver-spotted Skipper Hesperia comma. Although the mantis started chewing each of these butterflies they all managed to wriggle free, probably because the scales became loose and prevented the mantis from sustaining its grip. For some time afterwards a stray insect leg remained attached to the mantid's pointed head! The Silver-spotted Skipper managed to fly away with apparently little damage done but the Chalkhill Blues were not quite so lucky - whether they survived was another matter. They were certainly caught with considerable ease and lightning speed. Butterflies often lose parts of their wings (thorns, birds, etc.), and they may still be capable of flight with quite large chunks missing. However, damage to the head or body would probably be fatal as vital organs would be damaged. Other captives included a small fly and an unidentified plume moth (see above) which was patiently stalked prior to capture and either too small or weak to wriggle free. Unsuccessful pursuits of a colourful Meloid Beetle Mylabris variabilis and a Sphecid Wasp Podalonia affinis (see above) were also observed. Empusid Mantids survive the winter months as young nymphs (these may probably be mistaken for stick insects - they are certainly wonderfully well camouflaged) and therefore adults and young of these long-lived insects may be observed together during the late summer months.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-09-22 10:14]

Hello Nicolas,
Very nice close up.Details are crisp clear and razorsharp.POV,dark BG,colors,contrast and composition are wonderful.Excellent work!

Hi Nicolas,
An excellent macro with good colours and DOF.The dark background enhances the beauty of the picture.

Hi Nicolas,
Fantastic pose of the insect.
Good dark background and very good details
TFS - Shir

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-09-22 10:24]

Hola Nicolas,
Color, detalles, luz, composición, punto de vista, POSE, ¡Magnífica foto!
Un saludo, José M.

hi nicolas
cette creature est tirée d'un films de science fiction!!!
magnifique,on dirait sa majesté sur son trone.
excellent cliché.

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  • ciccio Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 221 W: 50 N: 338] (2751)
  • [2006-09-22 10:37]

Buenas Nicolás. una foto de un animal espectacular. Enhorabuena y un saludo. TFS.

very impress, nice potrait and color, well done. i like it so much.
Thanks for sharing.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-09-22 11:20]

Hi Nicolas

This is indeed a very spectacular capture! It looks great!
The POV is excellent, the details nice and sharp, the colors great and the dark BG works superbly.
I also like the fraing and the note was a good read, too:)

Bravo and TFS

Hi Nicolas,
Great shot! Excellent pose of this "allien"! Very nice POV and DOF. Nice colours too. Well done Nicolas!


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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-09-22 11:39]

El nombre de la imagen lo dice todo... es una personificación de Alien realmente amigo mío.
Excelente... realmente excelente macro, con un POV maravilloso, captando un escena fascinante.
Nitidez, colorido, DOF, iluminación, encuadre y fondo... todo a la altura de la presentación.
Felicitaciones y saludos... Ricardo

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2006-09-22 12:10]

Hola Nicolas,

You're right! What I see here is the picture of an extraterrestrial alien ;-) This is a very impressive insect that I never saw before! You managed the flash perfectly here and we can see a lot of details! The black bg enhances greatly the insect too. Great job and TFS,


Hi Nicolas,
One word excellent macro photo, thanks for your sharing.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2006-09-22 12:34]

Hola Nicolas,
very nice and impressive pose well captured by you. The outlines and colours of the Mantid become very clear against the background. This is also true for the plant. Altogether, an excellent composition with beautiful natural colours.
Best wishes, Peter

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-09-22 12:34]

He is obviously a real monster! I'm glad we haven't got them gobbling up our butterflies over here! Brilliant shot, I like his pose with fantastic details and against the dark background! Great!
TFS, Ulla

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  • magal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 224 W: 0 N: 313] (1251)
  • [2006-09-22 12:39]

Hi Nicolas
Your style is becoming unmistakable. Beautiful shot with wonderful composition and excellent POV. Very good use of the flash has rendered vivid colours and sharp detail. TFS

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-09-22 12:51]

Hello Nicolas,
Wonderful shot of this mantid sitting like an alien god! Fine colours and dark background adnd great info1
TFS, regards, Ivan

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2006-09-22 13:43]

Hola Nicolas.- Una bella foto sin lugar a dudas. Exelente luz, contraste y nitidez.
Una muy buena Nota tambien.

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  • taba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 466 W: 124 N: 312] (1847)
  • [2006-09-22 14:36]

Hola Nicolas
I learned much with your note about this mantis...
Fantastic ca´pture with stuning composition.
Good DOF, POV, sharpness and colour.
well done.

Hi Nicolas,
brrrrrr - I've never seen such an alien before - wow - what a great shot of this scary insect, thanks for sharing - excellent.
Sabine - wishnugaruda

¡Qué pasada Nicolás!
Hermoso bicho que has sabido captar con gran detalle. El color es perfecto y la forma de la planta sobre la que está posado ayuda a resaltarlo.
Saludos amigo, JL.

Hi Nicolas
brilliant photo and what a great pose for this mantis. Wonderful shot, regards

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-09-23 2:52]

That is fantastic, Nicolas.
He totally looks like an alien from outer space. : )
Great POV and composition, with sharp details and perfect light and DOF. Great shot and TFS. : )

Wonderful photo, brilliant composition and POV! TFS - Xplorator Radu

Nice shot.
The note was taken from a article that I've read before and shouldn't have been pasted this way. It gives the impression that your own cone head mantis was shot in France (but it was in Spain). There also a lot of "see above" when there is here nothing to see above. No plume moth, no Sphecid Wasp, ...

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  • yllen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 230 W: 0 N: 16] (641)
  • [2006-09-29 23:08]

Hola Nicolàs:
Grandiosa imàgen. Ecxelente macro. Buenos colores, iluminaciòn, enfoque y la pose de este verdadero "allien". Felicitaciones por esta captura y por tus variadas y hermosas fotos.
Saludos desde Argentina.

Pues mira, aunque presumo de utilizar muchos recursos caseros para sacar mis fotos, utilizar polispan de difusor no se me había ocurrido, y lo probaré seguro. Es dificir encontrar cosas neutras para ultilizar como difusor. Yo suelo utilizar pañuelos de papel por lo comodos que son, y por que puedes poner varias capas en función de la caña que quieras, pero dan un tono rojo que hay que compensar en el PS.
¿De que grosor lo pones?
Excelente foto, felicidades por la composición y claridad.

Hi friend!
Very colorfull compo with good extracting colors!
A nice macro with good details and sharpness!
Take care Ana:)

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  • Dunkeld (158)
  • [2006-12-10 18:59]

What a picture Nicholas! I doubt if this mantis could have posed more perefectly for you. BG enhances the image, but it's the clarity of colour on subject and plant that makes the image very very impressive. TFS..
Dave T.

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  • didou Silver Note Writer [C: 6 W: 1 N: 41] (507)
  • [2007-02-03 10:04]

Bonjour Nicolas ... que dire de ce merveilleux cliché .... autre choses que BRAVO

Fantastic pose of the insect.
The POV is excellent, the details nice.

Dear Nicolas,
it's phatastic this picture. Technically all is perfect: comp., sharpness, the dark background. The animal is spectacular. What does this strange body mean? I guess it is an example of "Gestaltauflösung" (in german), this means the dissolution of body contours.

Thank you Nicolas, for your comments on my slides. I will be absent from TN for quite a while (I go bicycle trekking on the Silk Road in Central Asia). Have a good summer, see you again in October.

My best regards,

Wow! Great shot! It really looks alien. The way it is standing, its face, all have an out of the world look. Thanks for shairng.


amazing :D

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