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Mantis Fantasy

Mantis Fantasy
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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: 2011-06
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D300
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-06-15 18:38
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Favorites: 5 [view]
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The cryptic ability of this sub-adult mantid goes undetected by most insects, here this one looks as though it is part of the coloration scheme of the natural suroundings. Butterflies and bees seem to be the most part of their menu favorites as flowers attract the pollinators to their doom.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-06-15 19:47]

Hello Paul,
Once again you come up with a stunning image which is technically perfect. The softness of the lighting is pleasing on the eyes and the focus is tac sharp. The flower in itself is gorgeous with beautiful coloring and an intricate design.
The mantid blends in amazingly well with it and I imagine could easily go unoticed by either predator or prey. Love the composition and excellent DOF achieved. Great work!!

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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 239 N: 493] (1982)
  • [2011-06-15 20:12]

Bonsoir Paul,

Nice shot. Good sharpness and exposure. Splendid BG bokeh. The light is very theatracal. soft and seems to come from below. There is so many nice thing I's love to say about it, but the simpliest is I LOVE IT. Great work and TFS.


Hello Paul
Fantastic moment and as usually a PERFECT photo.

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  • aruntp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 590 W: 1 N: 357] (5379)
  • [2011-06-15 23:20]

really a perfect photograph with all technical and aesthetic qualities. I want to congradulate how you took the photo of this species. The flowers gives a great effect.

A perfect photograph. The flow lines of the mantis follow those of the flower. The subtle colours add much interest to the picture. regards yiannis

Far ... far away from an average work indeed ! Once again your photography shakes the air around, Paul!Let me welcome you with a resonant singing WOW, WOW, WOW! What a celebration of colors and curves! Keep on walking man, keep on walking .... what an inspirational image!
George Veltchev

amazing photo performance, bravo!
regards Nasos

a perfect macro,TFS.


Ciao Paul, great capture of fantastic mantid on a wonderful flower, beautiful lighting BG, fine details, excellent sharpness and splendid colors, very well done my friend, bravo, ciao Silvio

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-06-16 3:57]

Hello Paul,
A very fine and artistical nature-shot. Always amazing how nature is well organised in the defense of every-species. Beautiful subtle colors and a fine composition. As usual up to your standards
Kind regards

hello Paul
This is a Super picture
very nice light beautiful colours and great sharpness
thanks greeting lou

Amazing job! Great dof and colors!

Hi Paul,

simply wonderful, nothing else to say.To make stand out so well the green insect on a green BG is a great performance.Moreover the colours are really very good, variegated and well made.Incredible sharpness.



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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-06-16 8:47]

Hello Paul,
What a wonderful photo! Perfect in every aspect and so beautiful..... Even the BG is matching perfectly to the mantis. Splendid!

Hello Paul,

WOW!!! What a fantastic picture!!! You got the perfect pov in order to show us how easy he can dissimulate to other insect as the mantid seems to make one with the plant. The composition is wonderful and the bg contribute to enhance the subject. I like also the curve of the plant.

The best pic I saw today!!!

Congratulations and TFS,


Hi Paul
above all I like the nice blurred bg reflecting the main subject's colors

amazing camouflage, TFS Ori

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