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Look into my eye

Look into my eye
Information sur la photo
Copyright: Matthew Bird (Matt-Bird) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 303 W: 33 N: 400] (1942)
Genre: Animals
Média: Couleur
Date de prise de vue: 2006-09-21
Catégories: Insects
Appareil photographique: Nikon D70S, Tamron SP AF180mm F/3.5 DI MACRO 1:1, Kenko Teleplus Pro 300 DG 2.0X
Exposition: f/10.0, 1/60 secondes
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
Versions: version originale
Date de soumission: 2006-09-22 22:29
Vue: 4124
Favoris: 2 [voir]
Points: 40
[Ligne directrice - Note] Note du photographe
I have been waiting ever since I bought my camera to photograph a Prey mantis. Well finally a little dream has come true, well maybe not so little as this Mantis was about 10cm long. I was just out shooting during my lunch break and I had one of those moments where I said to myself I would love to find a mantis. While speaking of the devil there was this mantis just sitting in a well exposed area for all to see.
I spent an hour watching it and I took all the photos I could. In the end I took about 150 photos. In the next couple of days I will put a series of shots up of this mantis.

I think taking photos of mantis's or is it manti is a trial in patients. I took as many photos as possible of it in one place and there is only so much I could do. Then I would walk away and look at something else for awhile. A couple of minutes later I would come back to see if it had moved and if it had, take some more shots. If you are going to photograph these insects you have alot of time to setup your camera and play with your settings, especially if the insect is undisturbed. The results can really be rewarding.

Valf, pauljk, CTP, shirgold, elefantino, jmp, horia, ramthakur, RAP, coasties trouve(nt) cette note utile
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Bonjour Matthew,
Superbe...! Beaux dètails, bel instant capté avec son regard droit sur l'objectif.
Hello Matthew,
Superb...! Beautiful details, beautiful moment collected with its glance on the objective.


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  • Valf Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 66 W: 0 N: 120] (522)
  • [2006-09-22 22:53]

Hi Mattew,
WOW! The details are incredible, very sharp. Very good photo, the composition, the way the head of the insect seems to looking at you, I just can say: WOW!
Regards, Francois

what a picture. great composition and great clarity. the sahrpness is very good. the colours look perfect.very nice shot

Hi Matthew,
Stunning. Crisp clean image with great DOF and the colours really pop on my monitor.

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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2006-09-23 1:25]

Hi Matthew,
Excellent Mantis close-up.
I like your pov,dof,colors,frame,note,blurred bg,focus and sharpness on his head.Well Done Mate.TFS:)

Hi Matthew,
Perfect macro shot. Sharpness is fantastic, very clear and beautiful warm colours.
Great work. TFS - Shir

Hello Matt, great close up, really sharp and colorfull.
excellent noted.


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-09-23 2:39]

Fantastic angle, Matt. I love the crisscrossing diagonals of the torso and the legs. The colors are fabulous, with sharp details and excellent exposure and DOF. Great composition.
TFS. : )

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-09-23 3:08]

Hi Matthew,
Very good details, sharpness, composition, dov, pov and pose.
TFS, José M.

Nice pic here.
Compo is fun and there is music in the pic.
Pity the frame has a different size horizontally and vertically
Well done

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-09-23 3:57]

Hi Matt

This is a superb macro!!! Wow! You've exceded yourself on this one!
The colros look amazing, the light is impecable and the details are smashing! ;) Very well done!
Also great are the POV, the eye contact, the framing and the a very nice note! Somtimes wishes do come true :)

Bravo and TFS

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-09-23 4:29]

Excellente macro Matthew!

Félicitations pour l'éclairage,les couleurs ,le focus et la netteté.


The finest and the largest macro of a Praying Mantis' face I have seen on this site, Matthew.
Superb POV, DOF, sharpness, details and colours. Congratulations for this great shot!
Thanks for sharing it.

hi matthew
presque a en faire peur.excellente macro.
rien a dire c'est parfait.

Hello Matt!
Excellent shot here. Very impressive since taken at 1/60s with such long focal length (I understand you put 2x extender behind the lens). I like the colors and the framing very much. Congratulations,

Hi Matthew,
wow - that's phantastic and impressive.
I love the eye of this phascinating mantis very much. Excellent sharpness and brilliant colours, I enjoyed looking very much, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-09-23 9:50]

Gran macro Matthew por su POV, por el primer plano logrado con excelente colorido, control de la luz y trasfondo.
Me agrada el encuadre y elección del recorte.
Saludos.. Ricardo

Great macro Matthew for their POV, for the close up achieved with excellent coloring, control of the light and background.
I like the framing and election of the crop.
Greetings... Ricardo

Hi Matt

Congrats on an excellent macro shot. Well composed, good clear detail, tack sharp and nicely saturated colour. :-)

Hi Matthew ,

impressive Macroshot
exellent sharpness with a nice blurry BG
Great details and collours

Gr Thijs

Hej Matthew!
Ostre jak brzytwa. Kolory szokujace, tak samo jak szczegoly. Bardzo mi sie podoba.
Pozdrawiam i gratuluje - Roma

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