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Mantis religiosa

Mantis religiosa
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Copyright: Oz Rittner (Oz1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 75 W: 2 N: 174] (1012)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-11-11
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D70S, Sigma 105 macro
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/250 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Insects and other small creatures gallery [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-11-25 12:10
Viewed: 20005
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Mantis religiosa - one of the largest Mantids in my country. leangth - 8cm. Here it was shot demonstrating its warning pose - standing up with its wings unfolded, showing its warning colors and making hissing sounds. its my first time to catch it doing this show. later on it just ran away quickly. it is a common specie in Israel.

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Fantastic macro Oz. Excellent composition with very good sharpness and very good details. Excellent POV and very nice colours. Very good job. Well done. Thank you for posting.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-11-25 12:15]

Woow OZ! The most in pose!! Wonderful in every aspect.
TFS, Josť M.

Wow - Oz - that's marvelous.
What an impressive pose and all the details with the spots on the legs and the opened wings - I love it.
Bye and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • whjb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 51 W: 26 N: 172] (683)
  • [2006-11-25 12:36]

Hi Oz,

The others have said it all. Well done.


Hello Oz,

excellent work, great details, very crisp, nicly composed and capture, excellent colors, BG POV DOF excellent work,
TFS kyle

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-11-25 13:04]

Hello Oz , A Great shot ,what a pose from the mantis , beautiful , good sharpnes details pov bg and colours , good job ,Greetings Teunie .

Excellent image, great detail! Not something one normally sees. Well done.

amazing close up in a great second, TFS Ori

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-11-25 13:42]

Hi Oz,

a superb macro with good pose and colors,well done and TFS


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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2006-11-25 14:31]

Hello Oz,
very impressive posure and capture. Well selected focus plane. Nice details and natural colours. Superb general composition.
Best wishes, Peter

Hi Oz,
Nice shot. With the mantis in that special pose...
Well done


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  • miuky Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 17 W: 0 N: 17] (180)
  • [2006-11-25 15:08]

an angery one...sounds like the snake, when affraid...
Great job Oz...i have em green, but i was frightened as she, so the picture is not perfect in sharpness...
Regards, M.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-11-25 15:32]

Hi Oz,
Excellent shot of this Mantis with all the attributes of a good close-up with the special pose being a bonus.
Well done!
TFS, regards, Ivan

Well done. I like the composition and the sharpness is also great. And of course you have caught Mantis in very impressive pose.
Best greetings

Hi Oz,
This macro is ncredible. Interesting object and pose. Excellent capture with good details.
Yes, I like it! Very well done
Regards, Krzysztof.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-11-26 5:20]

Hi Oz

WOW! What a magnificent pose here by this mantis you managed to capture here! Truely impressive this behavior of her's!
The POV is amazing and the details are great and perfectly sharp.
Also the lighting is very well managed and the exposure is spot-on.
Very well done!

Bravo and TFS

Onr of the best poses of mantis I have sen in TN. Congratulations.
The overall quality is good too. A nice post, TFS.

Hi Oz,
Superb point of view, very unusual.
Very good details. The colors look natural.
Well done. (I guess you had to lie down in order to get this shot).


Hi Oz,
You really got it scared with this big macro lens :-)
Excellent capture of the mantis - perfectly posing for the camera and perfectly captured.
Great work
TFS - Shir

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-11-27 0:09]

What an incredible pose, Oz.
I have never seen such a perfect show of the warning stance
and of the ventral view.
Fantastic POV with sharp details and great composition.
What a great moment you caught.
TFS. : )

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-11-27 12:22]

Another great macro estimated friend with excellent point of view and sharpness.

I like it a lot: composition, focus, sharpness, POV, DOF, color, background, lighting, framing.

I like it: notes.

I don't like it: nothing.

Great post, TFS.
Regards... Ricardo

Hello Oz,
excellent observation and capture of patterns and behaviour that does not fail to frighten me even when seen on a screen. A magnificent documentation of interspecies communication of mesmerizing intensity.
Thank you!
Best regards,

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-12-01 14:04]

Great POV and a fantasic pose. Lovely composition, sharp details and good colours



Hello Oz,
I was lost this photo , that is really spectacular. It really enchants to me the pose of the insect, the details in his anatomy, the colors, clearness ... all :D

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  • Viera Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 82 W: 0 N: 74] (494)
  • [2007-01-21 3:41]

Hi Oz,
very nice shot,I like the detail sight on this mantis.Perfect macro.
Best wishes,

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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2007-01-30 7:02]

Hi Oz

Great picture in all aspects


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  • alderse (111)
  • [2007-10-20 10:55]


Very nice shoot, very excelent.


Hello Oz!
As I noted last time I am here again :) And the reason is very simple: from time to time I habe a great pleasure to discover a gallery of fantastic pictures, and your gallery is one of them :)
Today - for the beginning - a photo of mantis species in self-defence position. Great timing and fantastic details. I had oportunity to observe this species (the only species of Mantodea occurring in Poland) in such positions but it was to difficult to take a good photo of such behaviour. So here are my best congratulations!
Best withes from Lodz,

Great shot! I have never seen a mantis like this before! Sharply focussed and good POV.

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