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Green Praying Mantis No. 1 by slephoto Green Praying Mantis No. 1 by slephoto
Praying mantis shot in my neighbor's garden.
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You Talkin' To Me? No. 2

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Image James Glendinning/SilverLight Esoterica Photography.
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feigenfrucht Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Feedback from :iconwater-and-nature-art:
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Hi James, a great picture you show here. The focused face and eyes of the mantis are really amazing. I feel followed and viewed from the mantis. I like it very much. But about something I feel irritated and I do not know exactly what it is. So let me give you an idea and I would be pleased if you could give me later a feedback on this.
It seems that it is cutted out of a picture. I expect this because of the blured/coarse background and the focus differences between the head and the body of the mantis. Additionally I expect that you have given a lot of contrast to the picture because the body is a little bit overexposed. But this is all is an expectation from me :-) It would be great to here from you and thanks a lot for sharing your mantis picture in the constructive comment folder.
slephoto Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)
I was somewhat limited by the lens I was using & how I had to frame & shoot this to make it come out.
I agree on many of the technical points.
feigenfrucht Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You are very welcome and thanks for your feedback. I know this was a constructive comment on a "high level" (I hope this expression exists in english too) because its for sure an amazing shot of the mantis :-)
Greetings feigenfrucht :-)
circusgothik Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Student General Artist
Love mantis !!! :heart:
slephoto Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:D I have 1 or 2 more of her I need to post.
circusgothik Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Student General Artist
C: ! what lens do you use D: ?
slephoto Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
It depends on the shoot. For these I have a Nikon 80-200 f 1.8 lens that has an adaptive setting for macros... effectively I can shoot a super-close up like this from 3-5 feet away, it's great for close up nature photography because I don't have to get close & scare my subject. It's a wonderful super sharp lens, but I DO need a lot of light & often a tripod for it.
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September 18, 2011
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Shutter Speed
1/100 second
Focal Length
70 mm
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Date Taken
Sep 14, 2011, 12:58:29 PM
Adobe Photoshop CS2 Windows