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Praying Mantis
2nd PlacePraying Mantis
LarsPaysen


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Off-Centered Subject (Classic Editing)
Camera: Canon PowerShot G2
Location: Pot plant
Date: Jun 12, 2003
Aperture: F8
ISO: 50
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Nature, Macro
Date Uploaded: Jun 12, 2003

I spotted this fine specimen hanging around the front door one morning on my way out to work, so I whipped out the camera and tripod, and got into work a half hour later than expected :) It wasn't in the most photogenic of places originally, so I picked it up on a leaf, and plonked it in a potted pansy, where it contentedly stayed while I snapped away.

Taken with +10/+7 close-up filter, off-camera flash. Cropped for challenge, Some levels, unsharp mask, and neat-image.

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 138
Avg (all users): 7.5210
Avg (commenters): 8.4828
Avg (participants): 7.6420
Avg (non-participants): 7.2632
Views since voting: 8069
Votes: 119
Comments: 40
Favorites: 4 (view)


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06/25/2003 09:29:27 PM
Super work! congratulations!
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06/24/2003 06:46:18 PM
very Nice!
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06/24/2003 08:55:22 AM
Man this is one sharp image! Awesome. Great capture!
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06/23/2003 01:54:03 PM
Well ... what's a half hour of work compared to a ribbon, right? Congrats on a deserved win. I did enjoy reading your description, it sounds just like something I'd do ...
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06/23/2003 07:48:40 AM
Congratulations on your first ribbon, well done!
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06/23/2003 07:39:07 AM
Many thanks to everyone that took the time to leave comments. It's always fascinating to see the broad spectrum of public opinion. I thought the shot would do well, but I wasn't expecting a ribbon!
06/23/2003 02:11:46 AM
congratulations ... amazing shot
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06/23/2003 12:43:01 AM
beautiful shot! congratulations!
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06/23/2003 12:39:35 AM
yay, I like this shot :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/22/2003 08:40:40 PM
Great detail - it's unfortunate that the bottom 1/10th of the pic is so OoF, but everything else is exceptional. I wouldn't be surprised if it's top 3. 10
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06/22/2003 08:15:27 PM
Wonderful detail to this shot. I would have cropped out that blured petal bottom right, though.
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06/21/2003 11:09:48 PM
Very, Very detailed. This Mantis looks deadly, would be perfect if not for the patch in the lower right-9
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06/21/2003 08:15:00 AM
I'm a sucker for closeup sharply detailed insect shots. good job. One of my favorites this week.
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06/21/2003 07:32:58 AM
lovely colors and a great close-up of a mantis, I like the composition with the bug creeping up onto the petals. I might have cropped the bottom to loose the blurry bit of petal right corner.
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06/20/2003 09:40:15 PM
Hey - this one seems friendly. You've captured some excellent detail and got the right focal depth, too. Colors are brilliant. Smudge in lower right is distracting, though (not too big a deal).
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06/20/2003 09:12:30 PM
ahhhh! run for your lives! it's an alien!!!!!!
LOL
okay.. the kids and I had fun over this one!
gorgeous photo.. congrats! great macro!
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06/20/2003 07:11:38 PM
Great bug shot. Very sharp
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06/20/2003 03:10:05 PM
not very off center , body out of focus distarcts but face captured wonderfully 6
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06/19/2003 06:03:00 PM
nice macro!!
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06/19/2003 05:35:50 AM
This one has great color and is real real close with the focus. I think it is slightly out of focus and oversharpened though. I don't like the blur in the bottom right corner, but I think you were probably forced to leave it in for fear of cropping something off. Good effort. It's real close.
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06/19/2003 12:11:49 AM
Damn that is a COOL shot. I love the detail and color of this. Great macro shot!!!
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06/18/2003 08:31:46 PM
Superb macro...colors, lighting, focus, etc....all very nice. thanks
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06/18/2003 06:36:44 PM
That is pretty incredible!! The clarity and the colors are just perfect. The best close up of an insect I have ever seen.
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06/17/2003 11:43:24 PM
Very good DoF, color definition/lighting, and level of detail in his face. I've never seen a praying mantis that close before, and hope to keep it that way - this photograph shows good enough detail to vaildate that.... nice work.
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06/17/2003 07:09:49 PM
beautiful detail. too bad about the blur in the bottom right corner.
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06/17/2003 05:57:06 PM
eeek! very cool shot! i know they're benign, but they look so menacing...well done is portraying that feeling!
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06/17/2003 02:06:25 PM
Excellent, this will be my highest scoring photo this challenge. Color sharpness and background are perfect. Great shot, I gave it a 9.
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06/17/2003 01:45:04 PM
Grotesque and cool! Nice macro work here! Composition off center really helps this photo! Great clarity and interesting subject!
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06/17/2003 08:07:38 AM
Good capture, very good! The colors seem a tad unsaturated, but only very little. Good work - 9.
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06/17/2003 04:20:15 AM
Excellent clarity and wonderful dof. Colours are just awesome too. I really like this photo, because of the way you have captured the closeness of the creature. Excellent job and GL in this weeks challenge.
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06/16/2003 10:43:31 PM
Wonderful close up, my compliments
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06/16/2003 10:02:07 PM
I love these bugs...great shot...how does it fit with the challenge? 9
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06/16/2003 06:48:31 PM
Excellent, and so far my favorite. 10
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06/16/2003 03:52:04 PM
Great photo, I would have liked a little more DOF, but not much mind you!!
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06/16/2003 01:36:18 PM
wow! one of the best macros I've seen in a while. Funny how they look like they're smiking. Great shot. Jacko. 10
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06/16/2003 01:03:33 PM
Great macro! I really feel like I'm being watched! :) Nice job overall... great DOF.
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06/16/2003 04:44:12 AM
Wow! Stunning! Great composition, colours, subject, etc. 10
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06/16/2003 03:41:26 AM
oh boy oh boy. we have a winner. my favorite so far. Praying Mantis's are so incredibly bizarre. I haven't seen one in years. Your lucky to have this photo op. Even if I had the chance I wouldn't be able to get shots like this. Amazing focus on this macro. Just superb. 10
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06/16/2003 01:51:19 AM
This is an awesome photo. DOF is perfect, composition is perfect, and the subject is captivating. Nice work.
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06/16/2003 12:57:53 AM
Oh dear! I'm looking at this right before going to bed. Maybe its just a gummy candy. Yeah, that's it. I gave it a 9.
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