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Be careful Mr. Lover ...

Be careful Mr. Lover ...
Photo Information
Copyright: Wishnu Garuda (wishnugaruda) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2776 W: 181 N: 4796] (19365)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-17
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/18.0, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-03-08 8:28
Viewed: 3815
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
today I had the idea to show you this interesting couple.
It is Mantis religiosa, praying Mantis.
I had the great luck to see this mating couple on a decorative red flower and it was amazing to see them so close.
We don't have these impressive alien-insects here in my area, too cold for them.
So it was a special moment for me to see them in Italy, south of Lake Garda.

Perhaps you like to hear that he was still alive after this amorous tête-à-tête ;-)

Thanks for looking and any words.
Have a nice evening


hansh, Mello, Juyona, CeltickRanger, siggi, chudy, boreocypriensis, marianas, matatur, anel, xTauruSx, Noisette, Luis52, Alex99, MMM, peter_stoeckl, Nephrotome2 has marked this note useful
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  • Great 
  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-03-08 8:37]

Hello neighbour Sabine,
Indeed, the same minute.
What a fantastic photo taken from an ideal POV in excellent sharpness and details. Very beautiful natural colours and a great composition and OOF BG.

Ciao Sabine, wonderful couple of italian lovers, very dangerous fall in love with this female, great macro with fantastic details, splendid sharpness and good natural colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Wishnu,
This is have great eye for catching a photo! congratulations! 100 points for color, contrast, light and POV! impressive. A very dangerous kind of love for this brave male mantis! :)

hello Sabine
i like this shot
you knowe i like insects very much
super sharpness and great details with beautiful naturel colours
greeting lou

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2010-03-08 11:28]

Hi Sabine.

First time i see such a moment. An amazing shot, these two, it looks the same time tender and agressive.
You have captured this in a great way.
I like it much, thank you for sharing it MF.

Gr. Hans

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-03-08 11:40]

Hi Sabine
In the mantis world, death is the price....for love.
How lucky we are the men!
The price is much lower....sometimes .... marriage...this is more dangerous like the death...hi hi!

  • Mello Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 140 W: 34 N: 480] (2419)
  • [2010-03-08 11:42]

Hey Sabine,
People like me that don't know about the insects size would think they are mother and its baby.....hehe....
I liked a lot your powerful and colored composition, and of course your always perfect sharp details and perfect POV.
Simply perfect!

  • Great 
  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2010-03-08 11:56]

Hola Sebine,
beautiful macro high quality
original details and good focus,
saludos amiga

hello Sabine

excellent macro photo of these lovers in action,
with fine POV and the way they are framed,
superb focus sharpness and details, TFS


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-03-08 12:39]

Hallo Sabine,
Irgendwann werde ich die interessante Insekten treffen und endlich im Wirklichkeit sie zu bewundern. Sehr intime Aufnahme mit allem drum und dran. Die rote Farbe passt zu der Situation wunderbar.Liebe Grüße Siggi

Hello Sabine,
It's very impressive to see the great difference of size and the dangerous glance of the female... I think there is no time for a tender kiss after mating... The male must run to stay alive! The colours and the sharpness are fantastic. You can use so good the flash keeping natural colours. Have a nice evening,

  • Great 
  • chudy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 130 W: 0 N: 176] (899)
  • [2010-03-08 15:20]

Hi Sabine !
The incredible photograph as well as the scene, super the macro, great colours and the background. Sorrow for me of only this elderly gentleman.
I am greeting Slawek

Haha:) Very cool but also great presentation reminding me the black widow spider indeed:)))!,
I'm impressed. Excellent work my BEF Sabine!
TFS and have a nice night!

What a amazing capture!
Mantis in love moment!
Wonderful details and colors1

A rare and beautiful scene indeed Sabine, usually the poor male ends up eaten by the female for his administrations! A diffused flash would produce softer illumination on the wings of the female, I think...

  • Great 
  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-03-09 3:53]

Liebe Sabine,
Ja, da muss man ja ein wenig schmunzeln..der Blick nach hinten ist vielsagend!! Ach, diese armen Männlein! Schön diagonal dargestellt, lebendig und interessantes Posting. Ich sehe, Du wirst auch noch fündig in deinem Bildarchiv.
Herzlich grüsst aus Cold Switzerland

Hello Sabine, superb close up shot of this mating pair with nice details and composition.
TFS and regards,

Hallo Sabine
ich habe schon viele Bilder von Mantis gesehen aber dieses ist Einzig !
die Grösse Unterschied zwischen dem Männchen und dem Weibchen ist staunend
und sooo Sharfe details, die sonigen Farben sind ein Lekerbissen für die Augen
Grüsse Jacqueline

  • Great 
  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2010-03-09 23:15]

Hallo Sabine!

Du zeigst uns eine eindrückliche Nahaufnahme von ausgezeichneter Qualität. Besonders beeindruckend ist die Detailzeichnung. Zudem hast du mit Unterstützung des künstlichen Lichts ein ausdruckvolles Bild geschaffen, das sich ebenfalls durch natürliche Farben und einen ausgewogenen Kontrast auszeichnet. Ich hoffe, diese Insekten auch einmal "live" zu sehen!



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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2010-03-12 17:36]

Hola Sabine.
Beautiful and fine macro of this Mantis.
I am glad the male still a alive afer haveing some fun with his lady.
Great sharpnes and focus. I can see alot of fine details on their bodys.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-03-28 23:53]

Hi Sabine.
It is a really wonderful subject and as usual you have pictured it with great skill. Superb use of fill flash and small aperture value. Both insect as well as cute piece of flower petals are crisp sharp and in focus. Smooth BG is wonderful canvas for this attractive scene. POV. Magnification and diagonal composition are simply perfect too. My compliments and best wishes.

  • Great 
  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2010-03-30 6:37]

Hi Sabine
I miss that one .What a great cacht perfect timing.Sharp closed up with great detail and nice colors.Excellent title to
TFS Michel

Very nice capture of these two really cool looking predators of the insect world. One alone is fantastic but to get 2 in one image makes it all the better. Well done. Paul :)

  • Great 
  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2010-05-02 11:31]

hi Wishnu,
splendide macro d'un instant (avant) la tragédie. Parfaite maîtrise de la dof, pas simple sur ces spécimens.


Hallo Sabine,
erfrischend schwungvoll dokumentiertes Liebesabenteuer zweier spätsommerlicher Fangschrecken. Sehr gelungen sind die Wahl des Detailausschnitts, die straff diagonale Komposition, die kraftvolle Beleuchtung, der intensive Farbkontrast. Und Deine Schilderung vom Happy End für den Liebhaber nimmt keineswegs die Spannung. Sie erleichtert bloss.
Mit Dank und herzlichen Grüßen,

Hi Sabine,
Rare moment. Perfectly captured. Brilliant scene, pose, POV, composition, and DOF. excellent use of the flash: le light looks natural.

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