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Copyright: The dude who loves frogs (AnimalExplorer) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1010 W: 6 N: 334] (1997)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D300
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Mantodea: Mantis, Camouflage [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-10-14 13:43
Viewed: 3345
Favorites: 5 [view]
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This mantis enlarged itself by raising it's raptorial arms up, hoping it is enough to scare off potential attackers.
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  • PeakXV Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 121 W: 0 N: 544] (3135)
  • [2011-10-14 14:01]

Hi Paul,

Fascinating, animated image of this mantis in action. The colors are of the purest form & the light is magically right. Perfect focus on all appendages & a highly blurred & contrasting bokeh. Fine work!!



Hallo Paul,
what a fantastic spectacular macro shot, outstanding sharpness, marvellous colours, excellent visual impact
Have a good weekend

Hello Paul,
wow, fantastic capture of this creature with an awesome pose and very good sharpness. I also like the beautiful colours and the nicely blurred background.
Best wishes,

Hi Paul

Looks like a transformers character.Amazing shot ,but I have become use to that from you.Wonderful clarity and tack sharp focus.You have such an interesting portfolio of unique creatures and characters.


regards yiannis

Amazing Paul!! simply AMAZING!!!!

Hi paul,

Fantastic picture of this mantis in a nice pose with excellent clarity & sharpness.
The colors are splendid & a lovely composition too. Well done & TFS.
Keep posting such beautiful pictures.

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  • BREARD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 1 N: 419] (2141)
  • [2011-10-14 22:50]

Bonjour Paul,
Magnifique photo de Mante Religieuse. De grands détails, une bonne netteté et une excellente composition.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-10-14 23:34]

Hello Paul.
Fantastic macro. Excellent composition with very good sharpness and very good details. Excellent POV and very nice colours. Very good job. Best regards Siggi

Hello dude,
Perfect macro. Very interesting moment, excellent sharpness, colors.

fantastic pose and perfect capture, TFS Ori

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2011-10-15 1:43]

Simply beautiful.... Amazing clarity, pose, exposure control and POV. Great shot Paul, TFS

Spectacular mantis, pose and execution Paul! Bravo!
George Veltchev

Brilliant shot again, it seems you specialise in these, good focus and composition


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-10-15 5:00]

Hello Paul,
Once again you come up with another unique image that has a style all your own. Truly an outstanding top quality photo by any means. All aspects of photography are perfectly displayed.

With hands raised he reminds me of a symphony conductor ready for a smashing performance. Awesome work!!

Ciao Paul, superb macro of fantastic mantis in great pose, fine details, splendid light, excellent sharpness and wonderful natural colors, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

hello Paul
this is very good ,the pose and light with a nice BG
allways nice to see a mantis special this specie
thanks greeting lou

Hello Paul, how are you, hope well.
What a pleasure to return to the site and fing this capture of yours.
As always striking and so elegamt. A dream capture. Really "extramundi", I need it in my FAVs.
Cristina will love this one too, I will shot it to her.
Best regards, Felipe.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2011-10-15 13:29]

Hi Paul,
Excellent macro work.Nice colours good composition and sharpness details.
Good pose for this mantis.
Regards Jiri.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-10-15 15:03]

Spectacular capture of this manthis,what a magic light,what a position and what a super sharpness and colors,this is the pic of the day,no doubt!Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano.

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  • Tina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 60 W: 0 N: 132] (1427)
  • [2011-10-16 0:51]

Hello !
My ''critique '' - outstanding !
tfs, Tina

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  • soccer Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 0 N: 655] (2557)
  • [2011-12-19 23:50]


A great macro image!
I love the sharpness and detail of the subject. The lighting and colour with OOF BG is excellent.

Dear Paul,
This photo is stunning in every aspect! The wonderfully camouflaged Mantis ( I added your Photo to my theme "Camouflage") is not only a pleasure to view ( I added your work to my favorites) but from the photographic technique point of view simply perfect!

Actually I think, when it comes to camouflage, no other species has anywhere as wonderfully evolved as the Mantis. I watched them for hours on the farm including the decapitation of the males during mating or at the end ?!? :-)

Thanks for sharing
Greetings from South Africa

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