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Copyright: Jusni Nasirun (jusninasirun) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1142 W: 93 N: 1946] (10338)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-23
Categories: Nature, Transportation
Camera: Nikon D80, Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm 1:1.8
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/80 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-09-23 6:24
Viewed: 1312
Points: 45
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello friends in TL,

This praying mantis was checking out itself on my bike's rear view mirror.

The insect order Mantodea or mantises consists of approximately 2,000 species worldwide in temperate and tropical habitats, of which a majority are in the family Mantidae. For most of the past century, only this single family was recognized within the order, and the term "mantid" was therefore historically used for any member of the order; technically, however, the term only refers to this one family, meaning the species in the other eight recently-established families are not mantids, by definition (i.e., they are empusids, or hymenopodids, etc.), and the term "mantises" (or the more colloquial "praying mantises") should be used when referring to the entire order. Often mistakenly spelled preying mantis (an eggcorn, since they are notoriously predatory), they are in fact named for the typical "prayer-like" stance. The word mantis derives from the Greek word mantis for prophet or fortune teller. In Europe, the name "praying mantis" refers to only a single species, Mantis religiosa. The closest relatives of mantises are the orders Isoptera (termites) and Blattodea (cockroaches), and these three groups together are sometimes ranked as an order rather than a superorder.


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Model NIKON D80
Software ACD Systems Digital Imaging
Exposure Time 10/800 sec
F-Stop f/4.5
ISO Speed Ratings 100
Focal Length 50 mm
Date Taken 2008-09-23 16:44
Metering Mode Spot
File Size 178 kb
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what a compo here with great timing,
wonderful colours of matis,
perfect clarity and sharpnes indeed,
welldone my dear friend and tfs,
warm regards,

he looks like a kung fu master. he should thank this photographer for flawlessly capturing him and presented the image so nicely here.

Selamat mengerjakan ibadah puasa.

  • zms Gold Star Critiquer [C: 268 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-09-23 7:04]

Dear Jusni,
What a capture.
Have a perfect day
Friendly Greetings

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  • trekks Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1995 W: 141 N: 3390] (13665)
  • [2008-09-23 7:31]

hi Jusni


Maybe in love and the mirror is just the thing needed to check things in order

tfs, bill

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  • juyona Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2585 W: 1 N: 425] (10173)
  • [2008-09-23 8:25]

Hola Jusni :)))
original idea y realización...
esplendifo pov y detalles,
saludos amigo

Amusing and amazing! A very laconic shot: you only show what's necessary leaving the background heavily blurred.

hahaha well you look gorgeous my dear....
tfs Joke

Jusni Hi;
Magnificent - Very very well seen and presented.
Amazing details, colors and clarity of Beautiful Nature
Thanks for the notes, as always
Congratulations, very nicely composed and presented, my friend

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  • tibig Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 657 W: 26 N: 681] (7565)
  • [2008-09-23 10:19]

What an encounter! I like this original image. Mantises are amazing insects, like some wild visitors from outer space.

Hello Jusni.
Superb capture of this mantis. Great shot on that bike mirror.
Did he felt in love with itself ? haha
Greetings from Jan

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  • marijo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 227 W: 0 N: 85] (1450)
  • [2008-09-23 11:24]

Hi Jusni
You look beautiful little friend. Other day I found one of this in my window. People says that it brings hope.

a fun and different macrophoto

Brilliant shot Jusni. I find Mantis a smart insect. I have few shots of em recently :-). Have a great day my friend.

Not bad work Jusni, although I have to disagree with the others - I don't think it's brilliant.

It's a good subject and an interesting, original capture of it. But I find the lighting is a little low and there is not much detail on its head ...

I also find the composition is not good, you've managed to put the most important part of the photo in the very middle of the frame, which just sucks away a lot of its dramatic potential.

Perhaps a different - closer - crop and a boost in levels would have helped improve this one?

Forgive the honesty my friend, I enjoy watching your work improve but I don't think that can happen if all people ever say is "great shot."


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  • rigz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 162 W: 0 N: 82] (1091)
  • [2008-09-23 16:37]

Assalamuallaikum Jusni,

Wow..Subject was nicely captrued and composed. Very sharp and good details. Well done!

Salam Ramadhan,
Geoffrey Bin Ramji

probably his first time looking at the mirror.. he is fascinated by his own self :) its different.. i like the brown bg.. tfs..

regards, terry

Hello Jusni! Very interesting scene. Perfect sharpness and ideal capture. Original composition. Good luck!

Good morning Jusni,
A most unconventional framing of the mantis which I like very much. The space around it does not bother me as I prefer some 'breathing room' when viewing close up images. After reading Rew's comments, I would have to agree that sharpness and details on the head can be boosted a tad. Nonetheless, this is a superb image and I am glad that you posted it. Best regards, Danilo

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  • Dot Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1583 W: 40 N: 3488] (13942)
  • [2008-09-24 8:04]
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HI Jusni
He probably believes its another mantis and wants to fight it off.We had a cardinal bird who for several days would spend quite a bit of time pecking at our car mirror while screeching. Finally gave it up when he saw he could not win.
Excellent shot

WOW Jusni, you captured a good shot. This photo is very interesting and impressive. The reflections in the mirror looks great and i like it. COmposition is great!

  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2008-09-25 6:14]

Excellent and original picture !


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  • subs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 302 W: 0 N: 296] (2670)
  • [2008-09-26 6:24]

Hi Jusni,
A funny moment. Excellent details and beautiful reflection.

Hi Jusni,
Interestin shot,good idea,congratulation.
Best regards,

Hi Jusni,

This is fun, an insect admiring its reflection!

Lovely picture and idea.


Hi Jusni
wonderful fantasy and well done shot
great effect
very good pov
Have good week end

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  • AKITA Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1523 W: 73 N: 86] (20294)
  • [2010-11-05 18:50]

dear Jusni,
a very humorous shot of smart praying mantis on the round mirror,
maybe it didn't know that reflected image is itself,
composition and colors are beautiful, especially its green body is well captured,
thank you for your excellent shot,

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