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Countryboy


Location: Jackson TN US
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Praying mantis on Bachelor Button


natural light, cable release, mirror locked up, tripod, reflector(white mat board), and sun shade
· Date: Thu 11-September-2008 · Views: 8320 · Filesize: 19.6kb, 282.6kb · Dimensions: 1024 x 792 ·
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Keywords: Praying Mantis, Walking Sticks, Garden Guardians
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Markus43
Location: El Cajon CA US
Posts: 61
Sun 14-September-2008 17:58

Tom you are the master!
Wonderful set-up and execution.
Mark
GR8IMAGEMAKER
Location: Sedona AZ US
Sun 14-September-2008 21:02

Tom,
How was black backround done?
Nice
Mel
shutterpup
Location: MO US
Posts: 4,601
Sun 14-September-2008 21:33

Excellent Job, Tom... Smile
siantarman
Location: Derendingen CH
Posts: 35
Mon 15-September-2008 00:12

great tehnique, i wish i could do like this also.


Excellent jobs


Hendrik
juanpzapata
Location: White Plains NY US
Mon 15-September-2008 07:00

Dear Tom, Great capture. Congratulations. Best regards, Juan Pablo
Lag
Location: White Rock British Columbia BC CA
Posts: 456
Mon 15-September-2008 08:31 Rating: 10 

Nice work Thomas,.
Excellent image,,,the quality and details throughout are superb,,. The Mantis peering directly at the camera takes the image over the top,,.
I too am curious about the background and if this was a natural scene or was it staged?


Cheers
Lyle,,.
IgorV
Location: Ljubljana SI
Posts: 392
Mon 15-September-2008 16:00

Tom,


great picture, I like it a lot. Amazing detail, the black background emphasizes the subject, and the lighting is really special. To capture this beautiful and deadly predator of the insect world on a flower like that is quite unique.


Regards,
Igor
Countryboy
Location: Jackson TN US
Posts: 4,329
Mon 15-September-2008 20:16

Thanks to everyone for the generous comments. They are very much appreciated. I received a couple of questions about how I achieved the black background. The photograph was taken in my backyard. I had been photographing hummingbirds and as I was walking back to the house, I noticed the praying mantis standing atop the white flower. I used a bright white mat board to bounce some light onto the green underside of the flower and shaded the white petals & praying mantis from the sun with a another piece of mat board. I positioned the camera so that it was pointed into the shade. When exposed, the shadows in the background almost completed folded up and what didn't were blackened with Nikon Capture using U-Points and a curve adjustment in CS3. Thanks again, Tom
mtpenmaker
Location: Billings MT US
Posts: 1,840
Sat 20-September-2008 05:30 Rating: 10 

Outstanding
Countryboy
Location: Jackson TN US
Posts: 4,329
Thu 25-September-2008 15:19

Thanks mtpenmaker. I appreciate the comment. I envy you location out there in Montana--what a great state. Tom
Silverwater
Location: IL
Posts: 2
Sat 31-January-2009 18:54

Excellent sharpness and no red eye (LOL). I like the smile too. If I fell unto such an opportunity my adrenaline would flow. I can see your expertise since the setup of the boards required for the lighting effect could have easily scared away the praying mantis. Superb photograph!
photonabductor
Location: Los Angeles CA US
Posts: 5
Wed 2-September-2009 20:12

WOW!!! Thanks for sharing the pic and your excellent technique!!


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