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"Deadly Kiss"


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Copyright: Sebnem Sozer (dew77) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma 150mm F2.8 APO Macro DG HSM
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/250 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Mantodea: Mantis [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-10-02 3:27
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello,
This scane is from Marmara Adasi(biggest island in Marmara Sea)during my short holliday.
Have a nice week and hope you’ll like it.
Thanks to JeanMarie Mouveroux (Nephrotome2) for the correct ID
Infos from the post of JeanMarie "Cone head mantis eating fly"

Cone head mantis:
Empusid mantis - Empusa pennata – Empuse
Empusa was a specter (a ghost-like spirit) in ancient Greek mythology.

Empusid mantises live with the head below (like on this pic).

Empusid mantises catch prey with considerable ease and lightning speed.
Young ones have a curved abdomen (see pic).
Males have larges antennas.
Females at night display a calling behavior (abdominal bending - pheromone release), which ends abruptly at lights on. This behavior starts at 30 days of age, disappeared in mated females, but reappeared two weeks later.
The females do not kill their mates when pairing.



Technique:
Nikon D200
2006/08/12 13:50:50.6
JPEG (8-bit) Fine
Image Size: Large (4288 x 2848)
Lens: 150mm F/2.8 G
Focal Length: 150mm
Exposure Mode: Manual
Metering Mode: Spot
1/250 sec - F/14
Exposure Comp.: 0 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 320
White Balance: Auto
AF Mode: AF-C
Flash Sync Mode: Front Curtain
Auto Flash Mode: D-TTL

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Nice catch.
Maybe a little too much cropping as there is not much details.
Note that this is not a praying mantis. Also not Stogomantis carolina.
This is a cone head mantis. scientific name:
Genus Empusa
Species, possibly pennata
(It's OK, I did mistakes in ID myself before. Please just update your note)
I posted a few shots of cone head mantis before. You can see there more information.
TFS

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2006-10-02 3:39]

Hi Sebnem,
truly a great post of you on TN. This is nature optima forma. The dramatic scene and moment very well captured.
Jacob

You captured very interesting moment. I like these kind of photos. Animals in action.
Best regards
Krzysztof

Merhaba Şebnem Hanım.
Korkunç görünsede hayatın acı gerçeğini fotoğraflamışsınız. Birilerinin yaşaması için birilerinin ölmesi gerekiyor ne yazık ki. Nefis bir kare. Paylaşım için teşekkürler.
Selam ve saygılarımla.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2006-10-02 4:24]

Hola Sebnem,
Alien a regrasado... unos mueren para otros puedan vivir, excelente macro, perfecto bg,

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2006-10-02 4:42]
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Really interesting capture! İlk bakışta peygamber devesini ayırt etmekte zorlandım,doğal kamuflaj yetenekleri gerçekten muhteşem. Çok iyi yakalamışsın Şebnem, eline ve gözüne sağlık.
Selen

Hi Sebnem,
It took me a few moments to realize what I was looking at. -Great capture with good timing. Seeing the food chain in action
TFS - Shir

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2006-10-02 5:19]

Very nice macro shot Sebnem!!POV&Compo are very nice!!

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  • naki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 382 W: 27 N: 5] (40)
  • [2006-10-02 5:38]

Hi Şebnem, nice action shot. Just wondering how it looks like in a vertical frame. I loved the colours and details, good dof, pov.
Good work.

This is so dramatic and gross, what is going on in that picture! I've never seen anything like that! I don't even know where the head it!
THis picture is very sharp and detail! Nice composition and good use of space.

Steph

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-10-02 6:05]

Hi Sebnem

Wow! What a great capture!
Impressive details, great colors and excellent light are only some of the elements that make this post such a great one :)
Nicely framed and composed, too.

Bravo and TFS
Horia

Merhaba Şebnem Hanım,
Muhteşem bir macro.Netlik, detaylar, renkler ve geri plan harika.Elinize, gözünüze sağlık.

hAyAti

Hello Sebnem !
I needed some time to understand what was what on your photo, at first I thought the body of the mantis was a branch ! :-) It is really a fantastic capture, your timing was perfect. details, composition, POV, DOF, everything is excellent. The head of this mantis is really strange, I had never seen it before. Very well done !
Valerie.

Hi Sebnem,
What a strange capture, wow! It took me a little time to understand this picture :-) I didn't know where the head of the mantis was… :-) This is a very good action catch with excellent details. I think that nature is sometimes so weird :))) I like this POV and composition, a very stunning picture! Thanks,
Claudine

Excellent image of a predator "in action," enhanced by the unusual angle, which demands closer study. Well observed, and nicely photographed.
Nigel.

Hi Sebnem,
A very nice shot. Decesive moment for the poor fly. Nice sharp detail. I love the composition. Well done!
Scott

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-10-02 8:45]

Bonjour Sebnem, well caught this Mantis, great timing, ready to eat!! Congratulations, Didier.

Hi Sebnem,
Excellent! I really like the sharp angles here. It is a unique composition and POV. You managed to fill the frame nicely. Great job catching a very decisive moment!
TFS
Mike

Hello Sebnem,
A very nice picture. I have a hard time in figuring out the head and mouth of this cone head mantis. Great timing. TFS
JC

Very nice macro Sebnem, interesting title.
Excellent DOF, details, exposure, POV, and color.
The horizontal frame serves well to show us the all the deadly detail too :)
Nicely done & TFS!

bonjour sebnem
magnifique,une jolie action meme si c'est cruel,j'aurait peut etre retourné la photo pour voir l'insecte dans le bon sens,ce n'est que mon avis.
laurent

Şebnem selamlar, güzel bir E. pennata fotorafı, daha dün bende rast geldim ama tonları çok farklı idi ve güçlükle fotorafladım.....Havalar iyice soğmadan yine görmeyi umuyorum...
Bu gerçekten iyi bir çalışma.

Hi Sebnem,
Nice macro. Cropping part is okay to me.
Good post.
TFS
Annick

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-10-02 14:32]

Fearless POV to show a terrifying scene of the life of the small insects.

+ composition, POV, DOF, sharpness, focus, color, framing, lighting, notes.

= background (I coincide with Howard... in my monitor a slight noise appears)

Thanks for sharing with us.
RAP :-)

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-10-02 14:42]

Hi Sebnem,
Another so waited post from you! Great composition, beautiful colors and excellent moment!
TFS, José M.

Harika bir an yakalamışsınız Şebnem Hanım! Gerçekten de acımasız bir avcı gibi ve o dört uzantıyla birlikte korkunç bir ağız yemeğe hazırlıkta! Harika bir bakış açısı ve enfes detaylar. Sola döndürerek yapacağınız dikey sunum izlemeyi kolaylaştırırdı ama bu şekilde de oldukça ilginç bir görüntü oluşturuyor:-)
Tebrikler!
Ersin

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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2006-10-02 14:52]

WooooW Sebnem,This is Awesome!
He looks like an Alien:)
Great pov,dof,focus,sharpness,details,note,frame and colors.TFS
Chris

Hi Sebnem,
that's so amazing - wow - what an alien!
I was searching the whole summer for a mantis - special in Asia, but nothing - I'm sad, it's a great wish of mine to see a mantis sometime with my own eyes. But now I'm happy to see your interesting one, it's a marvelous shot, thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2006-10-02 16:14]

Hi Sebnem
This is wonderful macro shot. Timing, exposure and composition are excellent. Furthermore point of view, depth of field, blured background, lighting, focus, sharpness, details and note are great
congratulations
best wishes
izler

Salut Sebnem
Elle est superbe cette prise de vue avec ce beau macro,les couleurs et la présentation ainsi que les détails tout est joli.
Bravo et merci....JP

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-10-02 18:16]

Hi Sebnem,
I've never seen a Mantis like this before. It looks like the creature from the "Alien" films. Excellent macro shot, great close-up detail and excellent DOF really makes it stand out. Nice work.
Regards,
Adrian

S.,
WHAT A WAY TO GO!!! By a deadly "KISS."
Excellent clarity + composition. Sharp focus & colour.
Just ADORE your choice of frames in ALL your images.
GREAT WORK.
Greetings,
M.

Hello Sebnem,
Awesome!!!
Ugly but beautiful.... Captured and presented with the usual skill!
Greetings,
Pablo -

Hi Sebnem
Great capture and the capture of mantis.
Good macro
Regards.
Jorge

Hi Sebnem!
It is really difficult to figure out at first glance whether this is a plant or an insect. The light of understanding dawns after reading your note.
The name "Empusa" fits this creature well. It does have a weird appearance.
Your long awaited pictures are a delight to behold. They are so unique and different in terms of both form and content.
Well done and TFS.
Ram

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-10-03 20:47]

Hi Sebnem
Wow great macro shot. Great colours, light, sharpnes, BG, details, DOF and POV.
Well done mf

osse

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2006-10-03 22:21]

Sebnem, a great image indeed.

Excellent colors, pov and compositon. I like sharpness too.

A crucial moment, an excellent photo.

Hi, Sebnem.
A great insect life puzzle. Interesting. Takes a lot to find out what's happening here. Good DOF, BG and sharpness.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-10-04 17:53]

Great moment caught by you. Excellent shot in every ways. Well done Sebnem ! Thanks !

Mario

Hi Sebnem,
What a strange mantis aspect, eating in a very different way. The head and "arms" are rare for me, I never see something like this.
Excellent details, composition and colours.
Greetings
Hernán

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  • fthsm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 56 N: 512] (3689)
  • [2006-10-04 22:03]

Çok güzel bir anın oldukça başarılı bir makrosu. Elinize sağlık.

oh wow, what a great capture by the mantis and by you!
Great shot! TFS
Donna :o)

Beautiful mantis, would love to see one of these myself, nice shot.

Greg

Hi,
this is a wonderful macro. excellent details and such lovely colors. DOF and POV make up a wonderful composition!
Thanks Ana:)

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  • marjan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 459 W: 14 N: 366] (2685)
  • [2006-10-06 11:14]

Hi Sebnem, on firs look i could not recognise what is on your photo. Aftr close up I recognise this two insect in ded hug. this is nature and you took a good shot. Coloures and motive ae excelent.
Marjan

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-10-06 15:06]

Like a horro movie! Great shot. Lovely details, great POV and I love the BG. Really dramatic shot

TFS

Karan

Hello Sebnem, I study this image till I understand it. Now I see the magic you captured, great opportune shot. I was in Turkey last fortnight and almost took a short trip to İstanbul, unfortunately one of my members took sick and I had to cancel my plans so I stayed around the Bodrum area. I did get to Ephesus and Pamukkale though. Anyhow, very well done.

Hello Sebnem,
fascinating creature, fascinating capture!
Clear details on this little insect monster.
Composition simple and strong.
Colours dramatic, perfect for a thriller.
Not only Empusa's kiss is deadly, but even her (or his) embracement.
Hoverflies take care. And male Empusas as well.
Thank you, Sebnem. My best regards,
Peter

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-10-08 10:10]

Hi Sebnem.
This is a very expressive and skilful work, my charming friend. Captured scene is amazing. Composition and framing are excellent. Details and sharpness of the main subjects, colour palette and blurriness of BG are outstanding. My compliments and TFS.
Alexei.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-10-08 10:29]

Hello Sebnem,
what a great hunter this is, with this camouflage I'm not surprised that he caught this bee. I even was fooled an thought this was a branch on first glance. Very well seen and excellent captured. Superp composed macro.
TFS..Sky

Great shot Sebnem. Colorfull with very good sharpness and very good details. Very good job. This is a great composition. Well done. Thank you for posting.
Gr.
Heinz

hi SEBNEM
merci de tes compliments sur ma dernière photo, j' apprécie les conseils de spécialiste comme toi, car tes photos sont toutes superbes et je ne peux que te féliciter
cette dernière relève du grand art, sombre mais comme il faut
bravo+++
amitiès
edith

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2006-10-12 13:46]

marvelous shot sebnem
a killer plant, good macro fine details and very good point of view, good photojob.
gr. jaap

Hi Sebnem,
Beautiful macro. This is excellent image of a predator "in action".

great work
Alex

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  • nofer Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1190 W: 366 N: 811] (2307)
  • [2006-10-17 22:07]

Lindo... muito bem executada! Nitidez, POV, cores e principalmente composição. Parabéns!
Abraço.
TFS
Reynaldo

Merhaba Sebnem,
Greatly capturing this mantis with its prey. Great DoF, sharp and great details. Very nicely composed picture. Superb shot and nice PP work.

Ben Lakitan

Very nice action shot, great details, nice colours and pleasant atmosphere.
I must admit I had the temptation of turnig my head, finally I did and liked it turned, but support your decision of posting this way, a different approach.
Regards and TFS.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-10-23 2:49]

Hi Sebnem!

Are you going to scary me ;-) ? Alien creature, totally alien. Even more than 'common' mantis. Moment is superb, horizontal composition - flawless. To favs, my friend!

On my --------, that is a horror movie photo! what a shot! Great picture of true nature, but gruesome!

Wow, what an amazing scene. If you hadn't said it was a mantis, I would think it was just a bee on a leaf!
Very good composition and background. Perfect exposure as well.

Great action scene, good sharpness and background. Unusual looking mantis.

Hello again Sebnem,
This is a fantastic macro. The detail is so sharp and clear.
Brilliant colour and exposure.
Interesting moment to capture.
Thanks for posting, have a great weekend.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-11-03 3:08]

Hello Sebnem,
Too busy, I was a bit inactive on TN, so I am happy to discover your new superb macro. Interesting dramatic scene. Great blurred background. Exposure, POV, colors, sharpness and DOF are super. Useful note too.
Congratulations my friend !

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2006-11-07 3:41]

Hello Sebnem,
Its nice to be back and view your work again.
This is a great capture.
I had to look very closely at first to see what it was!the camouflage of this insect is very effective.
Good sharp detail,an excellent POV and a nice clear BG.

Great work as usual,TFS

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  • star74 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 211 W: 3 N: 598] (2474)
  • [2006-12-14 12:22]

Merhaba Şebnem,
Çok çarpıcı bir an müthiş bir zamanlama,
Renkler,netlik,detaylar,alan derinliği çok başarılı
Tebrikler

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  • milas Gold Star Critiquer [C: 191 W: 0 N: 10] (173)
  • [2007-01-01 15:26]

merhaba Sebnem hanım;
mükemmel bir yakın çekim tebrikler selamlar

Amazing catch Shebnem superb focus and sharpness spot on. good background blur and dof selamlar, hosca kal Necip

Hello once again ;)
Anothe very good macto with great details and nice contrast.
Anyway, this time there is one thing which I would like to change in this composition. In my opinion this picture would be better if we turn in 90o right :)
Best regards,
Radomir

"Come here said the mantis to the bee..."

Merhaba Sebnem,
What a catch! I mean yours, not the mantis'. Such drama so clearly detailed for us. Some kiss! Tfs, Jay

Merhaba Sebnem, great capture of dramatic scene. Nice colors, good composition, splendid sharpness, very well done.
Ciao Silvio

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-05-29 11:55]

Hello Sebnem


Great capture and timing.The focus is sharp and the details are excellent.Very good illumination.Well done.TFS

Rob

Hi Sebnem,

This is an incredible picture. You really captured it so well. It really is a grisly feast. I like the perfect focus, DOF and BG. Very well done.

Jan-Hendrik

Hello Sebnem,
This was one amazing capture. You were certainly in the right place at the right time for this one. The quality is just superb and all the detail can be seen so clearly, an action shot at its best.
Cheers,
Debbie

Great shot! The head of the mantis looks like a real sinister alien.

Muhteşem bir aksiyon karesi. İlk bakışta Mantisi algılamamıştım:). Beslenme biyolojisine dair önemli bir belge.
Deniz

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